The Sunshine Coast has always been renowned for its abundance of fresh seasonal fruit. Now that same fresh seasonal fruit has inspired a range of healthy nutritious snack options utilising a newly developed technology pioneered by Freeze Dry Industries.
The group may be new to the Sunshine Coast but they are definitely not new to the industry. As all good stories of collaboration begin, the owner of SunLife Superfoods (Michael Buckley) formed an innovative business development relationship with the Mock family of Red Hill, Victoria. Michael got to know company patriarch Neville Mock during tough ballroom dancing sessions!
Three generations within the Mock family’s apple orchard business had seen Neville’s entrepreneurial skills and drive for innovation lead the way to create solutions for the many problems faced by farmers. One of the common complaints of farmers was wastage of perfectly good produce given consumer and supermarket aesthetic quality control.
Given this, Neville looked towards the development of freeze drying.
Freeze drying allows what would have been perishable food to find itself with a new life cycle. This is all done without compromising the integrity of the product, its natural amazing flavour or its nutritional value.
Michael, a passionate innovator himself, saw an opportunity to take the freeze drying technology to a whole new level and offered his services to develop the intellectual property of the equipment and create a state-of- the-art, all Australian, manufacturing system. Development began in February 2016 for a purpose built facility in Yandina on the beautiful Sunshine Coast for this new business – Freeze Dry Industries.
Freeze Dry Industries began producing freeze dried apples, mangoes, bananas and strawberries and the manufacturing arm – SunLife Superfoods – was born.
SunLife Superfoods currently offer a fabulous range of freeze dried fruits, StraightUp Freeze Dried Fruit, to the health conscious consumer.
Freeze Dried Fruit is a super nutritious new style of snack food – no cooking, no frying, no chemicals, no preservatives, no flavourings! Just a perfectly pristine product that has retained its nutritional value, maintained its shape and colour and tastes great!
Healthy snack options seem to be few and far in between these days. Being able to offer a fruit snack that has a beautiful natural sweetness, looks and tastes like the real thing (because it is), as well as being healthy, high in fibre and devoid of the additives most other snack foods contain has become a passion of Michael’s.
Growers of strawberries, mangoes, bananas and apples (among many other fruits), sourced Australia-wide but predominantly locally, take advantage of SunLife’s sophisticated technology to freeze dry excess fruit for a variety of uses.
Innovative, energy efficient, sustainable. Words often bandied about but words that SunLife Superfoods take seriously. These four words have become the foundation of SunLife’s philosophy and technological developments. Our freeze drying technology differs from imported technologies as the systems have much lower power requirements to run. Additionally we have developed a heat recycling technique that helps recycle energy. We are constantly pushing the boundaries in being clean and green and one day hope to be completely portable and solar! If that wasn’t enough we are the only commercial capacity freeze drying machine and system that is fully made in Australia.
We are passionate about supporting farmers, consumers and those wanting to minimise their carbon footprint. SunLife Superfoods assist producers by minimising waste, contributing to energy efficient processes and turning perishables into a marketable product.
SunLife looks forward to tapping into the abundance of locally grown fresh tropical fruits and forging relationships with growers, cooperatives and manufacturers. On top of this there is a strong local health conscious consumer base, eager to find nutritious, healthy, locally produced snack foods.
The convenient StraightUp Freeze Dried Fruit snack packs are fast becoming the favourite of busy mums, fussy children and the health conscious.
SunLife Super Foods’ Yandina facility opened in January 2017 and is a showroom and production facility not only for their range of StraightUp Freeze Dried Fruit, but for their equipment and journey of innovation.
We look forward to sharing our technology with the Sunshine Coast and its wonderful growers and producers!