Coles Nurture Fund

What is the Coles Nurture Fund?

The Coles Nurture Fund is a grant opportunity to help small Australian food and grocery producers, farmers and manufacturers to innovate and grow their business.

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Background

In April 2015, Coles launched the Nurture Fund to help small to medium Australian producers, farmers and manufacturers to innovate and grow their business.

From frozen raspberries and chickpea tofu to quinoa processing and cloud technology, the Coles Nurture Fund (CNF) is supporting businesses to develop new market-leading products, technologies, systems and processes. Together we hope to drive differentiation, extend growing seasons, improve productivity and reduce imports.

Through the Coles Nurture Fund, existing small to medium businesses may apply for funding to enable them to help them develop new market-leading products, technologies and processes.

 

Case Study

Bulletpoint have assisted a number of food manufacturing companies secure manufacturing grants similar to the Coles Nurture Fund, such as the Melbourne’s North Innovation and Investment Fund.

Here are some recent examples:

Future Industries Fund Grant Consultant

Bulletpoint assisted Harry & Larry’s Ice-cream secure $1,200,000. Based in Brunswick, Harry & Larry’s manufacture a range of specialty ice creams.

The  grant will see 30 new jobs created and investment in a factory expansion with custom engineered production lines, including the latest freezing technology, to make a range of gourmet ice creams and desserts in complex shapes and layers.

Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme

Bulletpoint assisted Cottage Cheese Farm secure $765,000. Based in Glenroy, Victoria, Cottage Cheese Farm is a speciality cheese manufacturer making mainly Haloumi, Ricotta and Mozzarella cheeses.

They received funding to assist with construction of a $6M purpose built cheese and yoghurt manufacturing facility. The project will allow them to expand current operations and introduction of new product lines.

 

Funding

The maximum single amount provided under the Coles Nurture Fund is $500,000

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for funding from the Coles Nurture Fund, applicants must have:

  1. Revenue – less than $25 million
  2. Employees – no more than 50 full time employees
  3. Registrations – ABN and GST
  4. Trading – minimum of 2 years
  5. Financial statements – minimum of the previous 2 financial years
  6. Funding – a funding declaration from an external accountant

 

How to get the Coles Nurture Fund?

Bulletpoint’s review of the Coles Nurture Fund application form suggests that you will need to be able to demonstrate:

  1. Growth Strategy –Whether the project is an expansion of an existing activity or diversification of existing businesses
  2. Cool Tech – The extent of new innovation, including new technology
  3. Competitive Neutrality – Trade impacts on other businesses including competitors
  4. Market – The extent to which the project will service the Australian market
  5. Management – Details of the your track record to successfully implement the new project
  6. IP – Did you develop any of the technology identified for the project
  7. Shovel Ready – Have you accessed suppliers and sourced distributors for the project
  8. Cash –How you will fund the project not covered by the grant
  9. Sustainability – how will the project continue after the completion date
  10. Goals – What are the longer term outcomes from the project
  11. Funding – Would the investment proposal proceed without the CNF funding

 

Timing

Applications close 19 March 2021.

 

Recipients

Round 8

Plastic Forests
Albury, NSW

Recycling manufacturer Plastic Forests will receive a $300,000 grant to manufacture fence posts from recycled plastic, providing an end-to-end solution for agricultural plastic such as sileage wrap and another recycling option for soft plastics collected at Coles.

The grant will allow the business to purchase equipment to upscale and accelerate the manufacturing of an innovative steel-reinforced plastic post to provide a sustainable fencing solution for farmers, including those affected by the bushfires.

“The support from the Coles Nurture Fund allows us to assist farmers to re-build following the devastating bushfires and will incorporate difficult to recycle post-consumer soft plastics collected from Coles supermarkets by REDcycle,” David said.

Plastic Forests recycles the soft plastic collected by REDcycle from Coles supermarkets in north east Victoria and the Albury-Wodonga region.

On average, around 250 pieces of soft plastic and five sileage bale wraps are used to manufacture each recycled fence post.

Steve and Christine McKay
Tumbarumba, NSW

Beef producers Steve and Christina McKay will use a $46,000 grant to purchase recycled plastic posts to re-fence five kilometres of their property after losing a substantial amount of fencing in the recent bushfires. The electric fencing will be erected with steel-reinforced posts made by Plastic Forests from recycled plastic.

John McKay said it’s been an eye-opening experience to be involved in this project with Plastic Forests.

“Coles is certainly showing its corporate citizenship in supporting and sponsoring innovation in recycling waste products, and further driving that innovation by supporting producers affected by bushfires and other natural disasters.

“The amount of soft plastic waste product that we currently stuff into landfill in Australia is mind boggling and it’s a growing environmental concern because it will never break down.

“It’s been a rewarding experience to be a part of a solution to reducing this wastage, and we’re really looking forward to the completion of this project to demonstrate the real value that can be gained from a waste product,” he said.

Marcus and Rebecca Clarke
Ournie, NSW

Beef producers Marcus and Rebecca Clarke will receive a $15,500 grant to re-fence 1.5 kilometres of their property with recycled plastic posts from Plastic Forests after losing fencing in the bushfires earlier this year.

Bec Clarke said her family was always looking for ways to reduce its waste footprint and to re-use or re-cycle items around their farm near Tumbarumba.

“We are very excited to be given the opportunity to try these new fence posts which will hopefully be an option for everyone in the future, and also possibly lead to more innovation in the plastic recycling arena,” she said.

The Mount Warning Beverage Company
Tweed Valley, NSW

Mt Warning Beverage Company, better known for its two brands; Yaru Water and Mount Warning Mineral Water, will receive a $410,000 grant to install new equipment to produce a range of native botanical tonic waters which are Australian owned, sourced and made using Indigenous flavours.

“This grant will be life-changing for the diversification of our products and the sustainability of Australian Beverages,” Mt Warning Beverage Company co-founder Tessa Martin said.

“Being able to produce a range of Native Botanical Tonic Waters means that we will be working closely with farmers and producers across Australia. A real homegrown product that we can all be proud of.”

Black River Produce
Black River, QLD

Black River Produce will use a $300,000 grant to plant locally-grownasparagus and help to reduce imports of the vegetable into Australia.

By growing 10 hectares of asparagus and installing equipment to process the produce on their farm west of Townsville, the family business will beable to produce asparagus when it is normally out of season in Australia.

“Black River Produce is extremely pleased to receive the grant from the Coles Nurture Fund,” Black River Produce Managing Director Jon Caleo said.

“This grant will enable us to realise the potential of growing asparagus in the tropics out of season to Australia current production period and in direct competition to imported product,” Jon Caleo, Black River Produce

Braebrook Pastoral
Willaura, Victoria

Family business Braebrook Pastoral will use a $360,000 grant to convert organic waste to renewable energy by constructing an on-farm biogas system on its pig farm.

The biogas system will capture methane and carbon dioxide emissions produced during the anaerobic breakdown of organic waste matter which comes from the pigs.

The project will involve building an effluent pond to capture the methane and CO2 gas emissions; and installing an Open Biogas Flare to combust flammable gasses at low ambient pressure. A Biogas system will then be installed to produce renewable energy to power the piggery.

“We are all delighted with the approval of the grant and wish to thank Coles for their continued support of the Australian Ag sector through the Nurture Fund,” Braebrook Pastoral Company General Manager Max Vallance said.

“This will mean our dream of producing our own power through digestion of waste, will hopefully become a reality. Waste digestion is part of our vision of how to farm sustainably into the future by reducing costs and reducing farming emissions.”

Beechworth Honey
Beechworth, VIC

Beechworth Honey will use a $400,000 grant to increase productivity and cost efficiencies in their honey packing facilities by installing robotic technology to streamline its operations.

“During difficult times, the support of Coles sends a vital signal of support to our staff, our local community and Australian beekeepers. It is an endorsement of Beechworth Honey’s sustainability focus and recognition of the critical importance of a strong Australian beekeeping industry and its role in Australia’s food security,” Beechworth Honey Group Director Jodie Goldsworthy said.

“We are thrilled and humbled to have such strong support from Coles as we navigate difficulties presented by droughts, bushfires and Covid 19.”

Soilkee
Hallora, Victoria

Gippsland farmers the Olsen family – who won The Weekly Times Coles Innovative Farmer of the Year in February – will use a $400,000 grant to expand its facilities and treble the manufacture of its Soilkee Renovator Units.

The Soilkee Renovator, invented by Niels Olsen, is a revolutionary pasture cropping system that plants seeds in a unique way which improves soil structure, builds soil carbon through carbon sequestration, and increases water and nutrient retention.

“The Coles Nurture fund will help us realise our passion of providing farmers with technology that increases production and soil fertility, resulting in a profitable agriculture, with environmental benefits,” Soilkee CEO Niels Olsen said.

“This support will enable us to meet the fast-growing demand for our innovation through increased manufacture capabilities and education of the Soilkee System.” –

Harvey Citrus
Harvey, WA

With a $174,000 grant, Harvey Citrus will extend the supply of WA-grown citrus over the summer, increase local employment and reduce imports by extending its cool room facility and acquire solar panels for their packing shed.

Harvey Citrus operations manager Andrew Pergoliti welcomed grant for his business.

“I’m speechless and very grateful to Coles that we have been considered and given this opportunity to improve and expand Harvey Citrus,” he said.

“This will fast track our plans for extending our season and supplying Coles with locally-grown citrus into the summer months for customers in Western Australia.”

Sutton Farms
Gatton, Queensland

Sutton Farms will use a $400,000 grant to increase water and fertiliser efficiency by introducing grow bag technology and a new irrigation system for its cherry tomatoes grown in the field.

In an innovative approach for cherry tomato production, the project aims to combine the technology benefits of protected cropping while maintaining the efficiency of field production.

As well as increasing water and fertiliser efficiency, Sutton Farms hopes to increase productivity, reduce risk and be able to expand into new products.

“I was blown away when I heard from Coles that our Nurture Fund application had been accepted,” Sutton Farms Manager Brock Sutton said.

“We are so excited to see this project take form and drive our business into the future.”

Hall Stanley Premium Chestnuts
Stanley, Victoria

Hall Stanley Premium Chestnuts will save water and increase production by introducing new high-efficiency irrigation and fertigation, which reduces evaporation and increases nutrients.

A $73,000 grant will enable the chestnut grower to irrigate and fertigate new plantings concurrently with older blocks. The quicker rotation of irrigation between blocks will improve water uptake and reduce water usage due to less evaporation and also improve nutrient uptake by the fertigation system.

Andrew Hall from Hall Stanley Premium chestnuts said he is excited to be working with Coles on this project.

“Their involvement and funding will assist greatly in the establishment of a high efficiency irrigation and Fertigation system. The changes to our weather patterns in the North East means irrigating earlier than before but a lot more regularly. The combination of irrigation and Fertigation will significantly improve our yield, reduce compaction and ensure our tree health into the future.

“Without the assistance of Coles this would have taken many years to achieve by ourselves. Our grateful thanks to Coles,” he said.

Todaro Farms
Cora Lynn, Victoria

Todaro Farms will use a $78,000 grant to increase yields and quality by installing frost protection fleece and relocatable hail netting over its vegetables. This technology will allow the family business to expand its growing areas with confidence during challenging growing conditions.

Brothers Darren and Mark Todaro also expect it will guarantee consistent, high quality crops – particularly of silverbeet, coriander, continental parsley and parsley –during the winter months.

“We take great pride in the quality of our produce and this grant will significantly enhance our ability to manage the challenging growing conditions that the seasons bring,” Darren Todaro said.

“Although we are a small family farm, we work hard to manage a professional operation and we are grateful that Coles can provide this support to help us grow.”

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Round 7

RED Group
Melbourne, Victoria
Sustainability organisation RED Group will be able to treble the amount of soft plastic it collects for recycling thanks to a $430,000 grant from the Coles Nurture Fund.

RED Group will use the grant to purchase new processing technology and three new vehicles to increase collection and recycling of soft plastic across Australia.

Based in Melbourne, RED Group runs a national program whereby it collects soft plastics from Coles supermarkets across Australia to be recycled into products such as outdoor furniture, road base and garden edging.

Jinchilla Ag
Kyabram, Victoria
Family dairy farming business Jinchilla Ag will use a $200,000 grant to import specialised equipment from the US so it can manage effluent more efficiently.

The new equipment will allow the dairy farmers to separate the solid material away from the liquid material so they can use the solid material as valuable fertiliser while reusing the liquid portion.

For the Hemphill family, who run Jinchilla Ag, it will mean being able to produce high quality crops and pastures to feed their dairy cows while reducing their impact on the environment.

MEEDAC
Geraldton, Western Australia
MEEDAC will receive a $90,000 grant for picking equipment for fresh produce grown in their new 10,000 square climate-controlled shade house near Geraldton.

By having picking and packing equipment on site, MEEDAC will be able to create more employment opportunities for local Aboriginal people, potentially trebling the number of employees on site.

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Round 6

Caithness Pastoral
Bairnsdale, Victoria
Beef producers Caithness Pastoral will use a $160,000 grant from the Coles Nurture Fund to build facilities which can store 12 months’ worth of fodder on their farm.

The support from the Coles Nurture Fund will enable Trevor and Carryn Caithness to build a 1200 tonne capacity concrete silage bunker, as well as two steel-framed sheds with the capacity to store 800 tonnes of hay or cereal straw.

By enabling Trevor and Carryn to store enough fodder to feed their cows and calves in difficult seasonal conditions, the new storage facilities will help to drought-proof the family business.

Masalki
Grahamvale, Victoria
Pear growers and packers, Masalki will use a $400,000 grant to regulate the humidity in their fruit cool rooms, reducing water use by up to 80 per cent in their packing shed. The family business will be one of the pear growers in Australia to introduce the new technology.

After conducting extensive research in Italy, brothers Con and Philip Damianopoulos identified the new technology as one of the most effective ways to preserve their apples and pears at the highest quality, while removing the need for large volumes of plastic and water during the storing process.

Lachlan Valley Grazing
Condobolin, NSW
Cattle producers Tom and Vickie Tyson family will use a $387,000 grant from the Coles Nurture Fund to purchase a pivot irrigator and renewable energy infrastructure for their bore water pump.

This will mean the Tysons are better able to cope in future drought conditions, allow them to boost their grass-fed beef production to 12 months a year and begin to diversify into sheep and lamb production.

Crust Farms
Mt Sylvia, QLD
Vegetable growers Brian and Julia Crust family will use a $183,000 grant to line a dam to increase their water capacity by 20 per cent, and install a state-of-the-art irrigation system for water and power efficiency.

By having more water, the Crusts believe they will be able to increase their productivity and be better able to handle drought in the Lockyer Valley.

Fitzpatrick Farms
Moulamein, NSW
Paul and Nicole Fitzpatrick will be better able to cope with drought thanks to a new fodder storage shed they will build with the help of a $190,000 grant.

The storage shed will mean the business has a constant supply of fodder all year around and reduce their reliance on sourcing feed externally during times of drought.

Edson Piggery
Tepko, SA
The Edson family from Tepko in South Australia will use a $450,000 grant to install a solar system to fully power their piggery, becoming one of the first pork producers in Australia to derive 100 per cent of its electricity from sustainable, natural sources.

The family estimates the solar system will reduce their annual carbon emissions from power usage by 95 per cent.

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Round 5

Ceravolo Orchards
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Fourth generation fruit growers, Ceravolo Orchards, will be able to produce more cherries for a longer period thanks to an innovative new roofing system supported by the Coles Nurture Fund.

The $500,000 Coles Nurture Fund interest-free loan will help Ceravolo Orchards to become one of the first growers in Australia to grow and harvest cherries under a retractable roof. Expected to be installed by October 2019, the roof will transform traditional growing techniques, increase yields and extend the growing season.

Endhill Pty Ltd
Dockers Plains, Victoria
Victorian beef producers, Endhill Pty Ltd, have received a $400,000 grant from the Coles Nurture Fund to introduce technology which will harvest lucerne in the paddock and convert it immediately to pellets for cattle.

Owned by the Paul family, the business will purchase the new machinery from Germany as a prototype and expects it will be the first lucerne harvester of its type in Australia.

The Nurture Fund grant will also help Endhill to purchase a new tractor to tow the harvester; a custom-built vacuum to move the pellets into storage; and five circular troughs which the cattle will feed from.

The new machinery is expected to drive efficiencies for Endhill Pty Ltd because the lucerne pellets are easier to handle and store and can be fed to cattle in winter months when they need to supplement grass with another nutrient-rich food source.

Pacdon Park
Echuca, Victoria
Echuca small business Pacdon Park will use a $221,577 interest-free loan from the Coles Nurture Fund to buy new machinery which will drive a massive 20-fold increase in their production of pork pies.

The new machinery from the United Kingdom will increase production from around 100 pork pies an hour to over 2000 per hour, while also removing the need for manual labour to press and pack each of the pies.

In addition to production efficiencies, the specialised machinery will also ensure Pacdon Park is able to provide customers with a higher quality and more consistent product.

Established 11 years ago by James and Jane Arrowsmith and Peter Tonge, Pacdon Park is one of the only businesses in Australia that makes pork pies using traditional British methods. Usually served cold, the traditional British pork pie consists of a filling of pork surrounded by a layer of jellied pork stock in a crust pastry.

SecondBite
Heidelberg, VIC
National food charity, SecondBite, will use a $500,000 Coles Nurture Fund grant to purchase four new eight-pallet trucks to collect and redistribute large quantities of surplus food in shorter timeframes.

SecondBite is a charitable logistics organisation that collects surplus, edible food from Coles supermarkets and redistributes it free of charge to people in need across Australia.

SecondBite’s 1300 community partners are able to use the food donations to provide meals and food hampers to people experiencing hardship in their local communities.

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Round 4

Nigel Stephens
Ovens Valley, Victoria
Nigel Stephens used a $127,270 grant to introduce a new irrigation system to reduce water use and cut electricity costs, allowing him to produce grass-fed beef year round. The Nurture Fund has helped fund a centre pivot irrigation system, replacing the farm’s outdated and less sustainable system, which has helped reduce his farm’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Oakmoor Orchards
Goulburn Valley, Victoria
Oakmoor Orchards is introducing a new pear variety in Australia with help from the Coles Nurture Fund. The $500,000 grant has allowed Rocky and Carolyn Varapodio to establish a 13 hectare orchard for the Honey Belle pear variety. The Honey Belle originates from Europe and it is expected the first Australian harvest will be 2021. Oakmoor Orchards is helping to diversify the horticulture industry and expanding the fruit varieties available at Coles.

Michael Crowe
Coolac, New South Wales
Cattle farmer Michael Crowe received a $400,000 grant to build facilities to manufacture a highly-nutritious animal fodder, allowing him to produce grass-fed beef year round. Producing the high protein fodder on a daily basis will provide Michael’s farm with significant water savings, facilitate a more efficient farming process and ensure fodder production is unaffected by climate. The Crowes are passionate about innovation in the farming and food sector and hope the facility will be a blueprint for cattle farmers around Australia.

Kimberley Produce
Kununurra, Western Australia
With a $500,000 grant from the Coles Nurture Fund, Kimberley Produce will exponentially expand its banana growing operations. Expecting to yield an extra 5 million bananas, Kimberley Produce are dedicated to bringing Western Australians more locally-grown fruit, with the majority of bananas currently on the market coming from northern Queensland.

Based in semi-arid Kununurra, Stewart and Rosalie Dobson, along with their sons, Lachlan and Craig are using the Coles Nurture Fund grant to introduce the latest technologies to meet the challenges of growing fruit in the dry region. Hard-work, determination and an adventurous spirit inspired the Dobsons to take on Kununurra for fruit-growing and we are proud to support them in their expansion project, especially when it ensures Western Australians can get their hands on fantastic local bananas.

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Round 3

Bill Crowther
Emerald, Queensland
Based in Central Queensland, Bill Crowther is using a $500,000 Coles Nurture Fund grant to plant a resilient tree-legume at his cattle properties to be used as cattle feed. This innovative practice increases the land’s productivity by 20 per cent and increases the production of grass-fed beef, while also ensuring the Crowther’s properties are better prepared for the impact of Queensland droughts.

The Crowther’s have been supplying beef directly to Coles since 2010, with this Nurture Fund supported project expanding their supply of grass-fed beef to Coles’ Graze program.

Natalie Bell
Lismore, New South Wales
A $400,000 interest-free loan from the Coles Nurture Fund will see Natalie Bell and Paul Lloyd grow the popular Eureka blueberries for an additional four months each year and create 20 new jobs in the region. The funds have been used to invest in equipment to grow new varieties of Eureka blueberries, which will produce the fruit earlier in the season, marking the first time this innovative growing method will be used on a large scale in Australia. At Coles, we are passionate about bringing customers locally-grown produce and that is why we are proud to support Natalie and Paul to help our customers get their hands on delicious Aussie blueberries for more months of the year.

Arahura Farms
Swan Hill, Victoria
A $300,000 Coles Nurture Fund grant allowed Arahura Farms to expand into new organic products by freeing up resources usually dedicated to packaging. Tony Croft used the Nurture Fund grant to install automated processing and packaging equipment, which has encouraged the family business to focus on growing more organic vegetables for Aussies to enjoy, including carrots, beetroot and mini cos lettuce.

Jalna Feedlot
Anakie, Victoria
Cattle producers David and Katy Gillett from Jalna Feedlot received a $500,000 Coles Nurture Fund grant to build a specially-designed roof over a portion of their feedlot. Aimed at enhancing animal welfare standards, the roof will protect their cattle against the winter climate, resulting in cleaner animals and reducing the amount of feed they consume to keep warm. The roof also helps to reduce water consumption at the farm by diverting rainfall into holding tanks with expectations that this will save 4.5 million litres of water each year.

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Round 2

Australian Eatwell
Donald, Victoria
With the help of a $200,552 grant from the Coles Nurture Fund, Australian Eatwell is reinventing the healthy vegetarian favourite, tofu, by using locally-grown chickpeas as the key ingredient, rather than soy beans. Australian Eatwell used the Nurture Fund grant to purchase the equipment to develop a production line and streamline the packaging process. With the support of the Coles Nurture Fund, the small family business has been able to develop an innovative and delicious vegetarian product for Aussies.

Gin Gin and Dry
Bundaberg, Queensland
Gin Gin and Dry have been able to treble production in its fruit drying facility with help from a $500,000 grant from the Coles Nurture Fund. The grant supported the family-owned business to build a state-of-the-art facility to expand its production of dried tropical fruits such as mango, pineapple, banana and kiwifruit, as well as dried fruit powder used in cooking. The funds have also contributed to employing an extra 20 local people to work in the business.

Pacific Reef Fisheries
Townsville, Queensland
Pacific Reef Fisheries used a $430,000 interest-free loan from the Coles Nurture Fund to introduce an Australian-first farming practice for its production of Australian Black Tiger Prawns. The business introduced a ‘nursery’ phase to support prawn growth, increasing overall yield and delivering larger prawns consistently through the year. This also supported hiring an additional 10 employees to help harvest and process the prawns at the farm at Ayr in Queensland. It also means customers can expect consistently large prawns at great value.

Riviera Farms
Lindenow, Victoria
Riviera Farms received an $183,000 grant to increase production of watercress by building a fully commercialised growing and harvesting facility. This has resulted in increased production of the popular green to 12 months, yielding 300 per cent more watercress and creating 10 new jobs in the region. It has also encouraged the family business to diversify its salad leaf offering to customers.

Rocky Ponds
Gumlu, Queensland
Des and Paula Chapman used a $400,000 Coles Nurture Fund grant to build a state-of-the-art nursery, install efficient motors and fully computerise irrigation and fertigation systems on their fruit and vegetable farm. The technology used by the Chapmans means their farm can be controlled from anywhere in the world, boosting productivity, reducing electricity and water costs and creating 15 new jobs.

P&L Rogers
Port Wakefield, South Australia
With a Coles Nurture Fund grant of $300,000, P&L Rogers has built a state-of-the-art facility to boost mushroom production by 15 per cent. The new facility will give Phil and Linda Rogers greater control of their supply chain, ensure the long-term viability of the business and create 15 new jobs in the region.

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Round 1

Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs
Clyde, Victoria
Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs, based on the outskirts of Melbourne was able to build a state-of-the-art greenhouse funded by a $433,250 Coles Nurture Fund interest-free loan, as part of its new model of urban farming. The greenhouse uses cloud technology to tell employees when and what herbs to pick and has increased yields by about 75 per cent. This means Coles customers can enjoy locally-grown herbs all year round. Representing the criteria of the Coles Nurture Fund, the Victorian business is dedicated to innovation, best-in-class sustainable practices and providing Aussies with great produce.

Berry Yummy
Queensland and Myponga, South Australia
In a first for the strawberry industry, Berry Yummy has implemented cutting edge heat-seal technology to enhance food safety and quality through the support of the Coles Nurture Fund. A $500,000 interest-free loan meant Berry Yummy could install innovative heat-seal technology to help ensure a consistent quality supply of the popular fruit to customers. Pioneering the practice in Australia, the technology has helped to reduce packaging and food waste and speed up the time it takes for strawberries to get from paddock to plate.

Harvey Citrus
Harvey, Western Australia
With a $500,000 Coles Nurture Fund grant, Harvey Citrus planted 9,000 new trees to bring customers more locally-grown limes and mandarins. Supplying Coles with top quality citrus for more than 30 years, Pina and Steve Pergoliti also used the support from the Nurture Fund to expand into new citrus varieties, including introducing a new line of seedless lemons. Bringing Western Australian locally-grown citrus to Coles customers is a top priority for the Pergolitis and that’s why Coles is proud to support them.

Manbulloo Mangoes
Katherine, Northern Territory and Townsville, Queensland
Since receiving a $500,000 interest-free loan from the Coles Nurture Fund, Manbulloo Mangoes in Queensland and the Northern Territory have sold an additional 4.5 million mangoes each season through Coles. The support from the Nurture Fund enabled Marie Piccone to embark on a major expansion project, planting nearly 22,000 new mangoes trees on 130 hectares at her Katherine farm, so that Aussies can enjoy more delicious and locally-grown mangoes all summer long. The expansion also supports regional employment with an 60 additional people needed during peak harvest season.

Moonrocks
St George, Queensland
A $400,000 Coles Nurture Fund grant saw fifth generation farmers Andrew and David Moon purchase a controlled temperature storage facility, new machinery and equipment to size and pack garlic for their growing operation. Dedicated to reducing imports of garlic into Australia, the grant has allowed Moonrocks to provide more locally-grown garlic to Queensland customers. The project has been a great success, replacing garlic imports at Coles from September to December, and also supporting local community employment.

Three Farmers
Narrogin, Western Australia
Western Australian grain growers, Three Farmers, received a $500,000 Coles Nurture Fund grant to help build mainland Australia’s first-ever quinoa processing plant, enabling the farming families to supply Coles with more than 800,000 packets of the super-grain each year. This Western Australian grown quinoa has replaced imported South American white quinoa, providing Aussies with access to locally-grown grains and cutting import costs.

Westerway Raspberry Farm
Derwent Valley, Tasmania
A $260,000 Coles Nurture Fund grant allowed Westerway Raspberry Farm in Tasmania to install new freezing technology, allowing them to freeze individual berries. As the first grower in Australia to adopt the Liquid Nitrogen berry freezer tunnel, the Clark family have been able to supply locally-grown frozen berries to customers on a large scale. This has also encouraged them to access exciting new markets.

 

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