Who we are
At Gourmet Food, we are proud of our achievements. As Australia’s ‘entertaining’ specialist, we have a focus on quality especially in two key entertaining categories: best-in-class packaged seafood and premium style cracker.
Gourmet Food is the integration of Max Foods and Fine Food Holdings.
Our Ocean Blue brand became an Australasian market leader in packaged seafood entertaining some five years after it was launched in 2009 and has remained there ever since.
Our guiding principle has been to make seafood more convenient and assessable via consistent premium quality and breadth of range.
Our delicate traditionally smoked Ocean Blue salmon and ocean trout, as well as other ready-to-serve seafood products, are available in major and independent supermarkets throughout Australia and in New Zealand (Countdown).
In 2015, we took the bold step to set up Australian manufacture of premium-style crackers. We did this with the intention of reinvigorating the premium cracker category, setting a new benchmark in innovation, quality and flavour.
Already our award-winning premium quality crackers have become market leaders in supermarkets across several product categories and geographical markets. Our ranges of Australian-made premium crackers continue to grow in popularity, and we have yet more ambitions to realise in meeting your demands and that of our retail partners.
What we do
Our company’s thirst for innovation, quality and great flavour reflects our accumulated knowledge and experience in premium entertaining product categories – from production to market development and brand execution. This, together with our consumer research, has resulted in a strong sense of what we wish to achieve.
We also recognise the vital importance of building strong relationships with retail partners while understanding the demands of consumers. Furthermore, we continue to invest in robust technical knowledge and support to ensure that, not only are our recipes on trend, but there is a hint of the homemade delivering delicious quality and flavour.
When we moved to our new custom-designed, greenfield site in late 2019, Gourmet Food more than doubled its manufacturing capacity and significantly increased its production capabilities. As the new facility was in a neighbouring Melbourne suburb, it was an easy transition for our loyal staff, all of whom eagerly relocated and continue to contribute to the business today. This new production facility, combined with continuity of skilled people, positions gourmet food perfectly to lead category innovation and deliver on its strategic agenda.
Growth through relationships
Within three years of commencing our manufacturing operation, we achieved recognition as Top Ranked Supplier 2018 in the Australian Grocery Deli Category of the Advantage Report.
This 360-degree survey, managed by Advantage Australia, sets the supplier performance benchmark. It required decision-makers from across the retail sector, including Woolworths, Coles, Metcash and Convenience groups, to measure suppliers against such KPIs as business alignment, communications, innovation, responsiveness, strategy, growth and service.
We are proud of this achievement which also establishes the standard in all that we do.
Enabling the manufacture of one of the largest and diverse range of premium cracker products under one roof globally, our new state of the art production facility provides both the flexibility and scale to remain relevant with our important retail partners. Our entire branded cracker range is made under one roof to the highest possible standards. We are also manufacturing for a broad range of Australian and International brands. If you have an existing range, or one in development, we’ve got the team and the expertise to make it happen.
I just wanted to write in and let you know that my whole family loves your Ocean Blue Salmon slices, they seem to be thinner than other brands which we really like.
My husband is Type 2 diabetic and having your Gullón Sugar Free biscuits available is wonderful. Thank you.
I buy the 3 Seed Crisps and the Parmesan Crisps at Woolworths and they are absolutely delicious. I am really watching my carbohydrate intake due to very painful joints and these lovely crackers allow me to enjoy cheese and dips with the added goodness of seeds. Great products thank you so much.
These specialty crackers, especially the fruit, nut and seed combination are delicious! Only trouble is the packet doesn’t last long. I’ll be purchasing these every week without fail. Thank you!
I recently purchased your OB finest Parmesan crisps, Seeded Flatbread and 3 seeded crisps. Omg all amazing!! I follow a ketogenic diet and a crunchy cracker with cheese was the one thing I really do miss. Not anymore thanks to your products.
The fig & almond biscuits turned out to be the highlight of the evening’s food offerings. The quince fruit paste also received many “yum” comments. Thank you for your delicious products. I am looking forward to adding the rest of your range
to my next party platter.
Your gluten free artisan crackers are the best we have had for years. Your fig & sunflower is tops next to the cranberry ones. Keep up the good work for us gluten intolerant folk. Thanks!