Meet the six Australian Seeds of Change Accelerator grant recipients.
Spiralz Fermented Foods
Fermented foods producer. Tuggerah, NSW
All our food is created in our purpose-built raw food commercial kitchen and is organic, vegan, gluten, dairy and nut free.
We use traditional methods to ferment and add no starter culture or preservatives. Our products are sought after for their probiotic and gut healing benefits. There are nine flavours in the range and our product excels in taste and flavor.
Our goals for the next 12 months are to ensure we meet forecasted demand, introduce automation, undertake more R&D and increase brand awareness and distribution. We also want to explore export opportunities for our product.
Founder, Creator of all things food
Michelle always had a passion for creating food with great flavour and colour, but it was an unthinkable dream this passion might one day become a successful business. Michelle’s GP recommended including fermented foods to improve gut and immune system health, so Michelle put her heart and soul into creating fermented foods she and her family could eat and enjoy every day. Michelle began in a commercial kitchen attached to her home, but demand grew, and Spiralz now creates gourmet sauerkraut in a purpose-built commercial kitchen on the Central Coast.
Sales, Accounts and Relationships
Tracey was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia and given 2-7 years to recover. She was advised to eat fermented foods by the same GP as Michelle. Little did she know this was the beginning of her journey into the world of business and fermented foods. Tracey’s hunt for a probiotic food that was palatable and possible to eat every day led her to discover Spiralz at a local Farmer’s Market. This chance meeting enabled Tracey and Michelle to share their passion for fermented food and join Michelle to open their fermentary.
Plant-based meat producer. Brisbane, Qld
We are focused on producing plant-based meat products that are healthy, environmentally sustainable and difficult to distinguish from the real thing.
Our plant-based slow braised beef and pulled pork products are based on shredded shiitake mushroom stem. The product is so good that our ragu dish is the best-selling meal at the third best vegan restaurant in the world here in Brisbane.
With shiitake mushroom stem as the base ingredient, the product is considered very healthy and superior to other textured vegetable protein products. Because Shiitake mushroom stem is a by-product of mushroom production, we can source vast quantities cheaply and sustainably. Our mushroom stems are currently sourced from Asia, but we want to connect into the Australian mushroom industry to explore local supplies.
• Co-Founder & CEO Shoes of Prey • Built and scaled fashion brand into 60+ markets • Built a revolutionary shoe factory in China • Generated $12M annual revenue • Grew international team across Australia, China and US to 200 people • A vegetarian for 3-and-a-half years
Plant-based cheese producer. Melbourne, Vic
Grounded Foods specialises in plant-based food products using natural and environmentally sustainable ingredients.
Our first line of products, plant-based cheeses, use all-natural ingredients without preservatives or additives. They are lower in fat than traditional and vegan cheeses and allergen free.
We use the same cultures and processes involved in traditional cheese-making so they taste exactly like real specialty cheese such as Camembert and Roquefort.
We cannot find any brand in the world that has successfully addressed the demand for nut-free, vegan specialty cheeses. We have the recipes, the expertise, the marketing strategy and a track record of running our own (profitable) businesses.
Creator and Co-Founder
Veronica is a behavioural economist by trade and spent seven years as an economic advisor to Government before a health crisis pushed her to leave that life and pursue what she really loved – being around food. Veronica has run her own food and beverage-focused marketing agency, helping small businesses recognise and adapt to trends in the market. In 2015 she met Shaun Quade and together they built the boundary pushing restaurant, Lume. Veronica now provides the driving strategy behind the duo’s ‘free from’ food brand, Grounded.
Development Chef and Co-Founder
Considered one of Australia’s most innovative chefs, Shaun has gained international notoriety for his inventive and skilful approach to cooking. The two-hatted chef opened Lume at the age of 31. Shaun’s name is synonymous with creativity. Dubbed a kitchen ‘wizard’ by media, he’s widely regarded for his ability to make food that’s ‘not what it seems’. Shaun’s inspiration for Grounded came from his desire to modify recipes Veronica could eat without impacting her health, and without losing the quality of meals he’d serve in a restaurant setting.
Home delivered meal components and ready meals. Brisbane, Qld
Your Prep is a value-driven business whose key focus is bridging the gap between nutritious and healthy meals and those suffering from anxiety and depression. We provide dietician-designed, chef prepared, cooked meal components delivered direct to the customer.
Many studies show that there is a direct relationship via the vagus nerve between our gut health and our mental health, happier the gu, the healthier the mind. This obvious benefit coupled with the human connection shared over a meal is a great recipe, pun intended, to lower suicide statistics across Australia and the world.
We offer a customised approach without over-complicating the model. Clients simply have to combine, heat, then eat, and they have restaurant quality meals in the comfort of their own home. We deliver family time and connection back to Australians via easy-to-access nutrition.
Founder and CEO
Matt is driven by an internal passion to create space for others to grow, flourish, harness potential and prosper through connection and development. His goal is to break down the barriers for those suffering with depression and anxiety. In Australia each day approximately 200 mothers, fathers, sons, daughters or best friends attempt to take their own life. This statistic not only sickens Matt, but motivates the whole team at Your Prep to make a significant change. At Your Prep we believe in hiring based on values rather than on qualifications. Skills can be learnt, however, we find values are ingrained within us. We are a family, we are not staff. Great nutrition and genuine connection play an integral role in a happy mind, and Your Prep strives to create a connected and inspired future for all Australians.
Edible Bug Shop
Grower and manufacturer of products derived from insects. Sydney, NSW
We are Australia’s first and largest commercial edible insect farm and insect manufacturer, growing a variety of insects including ants, crickets and meal worms.
For 12 years we have developed farming techniques allowing us to scale edible insect manufacturing like never before. We turn food waste normally destined for landfill into a nutritious superfood. Our technology means we can feed more people with less resources through our sustainable processes.
We are expanding and will soon be one of the largest edible insect farms in the world, providing a safe and nutritious Australian product.
We have developed our own ‘invisible’ insect ingredients manufacturers can use to enrich everyday food products, including powders, oils, pastes and a textured insect protein, and products including Australian flavours, protein powders, insect salts, whole roasted insects, teas, snacks and sweets.
Skye is a food scientist and entomologist who established the farm in 2007. She has been a pioneer of the edible insect industry in Australia and helped educate consumers and food industry about this new food source. Over 12 years Skye has developed robotic technology for use in insect farming in urban locations, has designed and implemented processes to extract nutritional ingredients from insects and formulated retail products using insect-based ingredients. Her passion for providing a sustainable food future is contagious and, with the market finally catching up to her unique way of forward thinking, there are big things to come.
The Australian Superfood Co
Producer of native food products. Oakleigh, Vic
We celebrate native Australian foods that have sustained Indigenous Australians for over 60,000 years and produce a unique range of food products richly infused with Australian native bush food.
By increasing awareness, accessibility and affordability of Australian Superfoods, we aim to increase demand and encourage their cultivation. We hope to enhance the respect for our Indigenous culture, promote the growth of Indigenous communities and foster the local food movement.
We have developed multiple products including native fruit powders, native herbs and spices, native fruit and herb extracts, paleo granolas, raw bars and superfood fruits.
Founder, Chief Dietitian and Managing Director
Prior to founding The Australian Superfood Co, Hayley was a nutrition journalist and nutritionist at the North Melbourne Football Club. She founded the company in 2015 after two years of research and product development. She then transformed the business from consumer foods into a major supplier to food and beverage manufacturers and consumers in Australia and overseas. In 2017 Hayley won the Rising Star AusMumpreneur award and the inaugural Lions Den award at the Fine Foods Expo in Sydney.
Ralph is an experienced company director, mentor and coach. He has sat on numerous boards, coached and mentored senior executives and is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University. Ralph spent 20 years in his family’s successful textile business and is a strong believer in family values and how they can be transferred to business. Ralph believes in the work his codirector (and daughter) is doing and keen to see the business develop and grow with the same values he was brought up with and applied in his own business. Ralph’s responsibilities include quality assurance, warehousing, finances and babysitting Hayley’s two children.