Founding member Amelia Park, produced by V&V Walsh and now part of the Craig Mostyn Group, hand selects from the best breeders in the South West to ensure the highest quality beef for its customers. Owned by a sixth-generation local farming family, Harvey Beef takes a similar approach, working with farmers who share the same commitment to quality and sustainability to create its fresh beef, jerky and pies.
Linley Valley Pork has been raising pigs for more than 30 years, with sustainabilty and provenance at the core of a business that produces pre-packed, flavour-filled pork cuts for us to enjoy at home. The British Sausage Company has been making beautiful bangers for just as long, and now has more than 30 different varieties of sausages, ham and bacon products to tempt you for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Then there are the quality butchers and meat processors who ensure consumers get the best cuts, whether eating at home or dining out. Wholesale butcher Johnson Meats supplies high-quality beef from Cowaramup and Margaret River to the retail and hospitality industry; Ryan’s Quality Meats supplies a range of meat, poultry, game and gourmet products direct to the public and food industry from its Jandakot and Bunbury facilities; and family-owned Western Meat Packers, which also includes Margaret River Fresh and Perth Meat Export, sources, prepares and packs quality meat for market.
If you are partial to the ocean’s prizes, you’ll be well aware of Catalano’s Seafood. Another founding member, Catalano’s has been bringing the best quality catch to customers for more than 50 years, with three outlets around Perth, as well as a select range available fresh or frozen at specialty stores.
We are also spoilt for delicious dairy. Bannister Downs Dairy (and, as mentioned earlier, the People’s Choice Award winner at the WA Good Food Guide Awards) produces milk, cream, flavoured milk and smoothies at its own processing facility on the farm in Northcliffe from a hand-reared herd. The Margaret River Dairy Company has expanded from humble beginnings as artisan cheesemakers in Perth in the 1960s to making cheeses and premium pot-set yoghurt in the South West.
Family-owned Borrello Cheese have been sourcing milk from local dairy farmers for more than 40 years to make everything from bocconcini to ricotta. Dairy farmers Peter and Anne Hector started Mundella Foods in 1974 to avoid wasting milk, setting up a small cheese factory, before expanding to award-winning yoghurt.
Beta Spuds and Supa Spud is one of the largest suppliers of potato varieties across WA, producing spuds from Binningup to Pemberton, as well as sourcing from growers in Baldivis, Busselton and Gingin to ensure great supply all year round.
Generations of growers are behind some of our original farming members. Bogdanich Farms is a third-generation farming business that started growing vegies in Gwelup in 1935, eventually moving to Gingin, where crops include cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli. Harvey-based LJM Produce is proudly owned and operated by the Maiolos family driven by the belief in 100 percent locally grown produce.
Monte Farms is a third-generation family affair – based in Carabooda and Karakin, they grow leaf line and brassica vegetables, including cos heart lettuce and celery. West Australian Corn Growers, formerly known as Trandos Farms, is the state’s largest grower of beans and corn. Four generations of farmers have been growing food for locals from Wanneroo to Gingin and up to Broome for more than 80 years.
Based at Market City, Canning Vale, Quality Produce International is a fruit and vegetable wholesaler supplying independent grocers and supermarket chains here and overseas. Aside from producing fruit and vegetables, Greenfields Foods have developed an array of products that make meal preparation easier, from prepacked salad bags and bowls to soup packs and coleslaws.
Boasting a proud century in business, Premier Fresh Australia works closely with some of WA’s finest growers to maintain its reputation for delivering quality produce and service, while Golden Eggs has notched up more than 77 years providing consumers with a range of eggs, employing more than 200 locals in the process.
The Gascoyne region has developed a reputation for premium bananas and when you taste the fruits of their labours you’ll understand why. Founding members Desert Sweet Bananas, a small family business, and Sweeter Banana, a cooperative of Carnarvon growers, are focused on keeping that reputation for excellence well and truly alive.
Then there are grocery items, such as premium Jingilli EVOO, which is made from olives grown in the Moore River and Frankland River regions; Whittingtons, which has been supplying customers with herbs and spices since 1975, as well a range of marvellous mustards; and Wescobee Honey, which has been producing the nectar of the gods for almost 100 years.
Farmer Jack’s, a WA-owned business which operates 11 supermarkets in Perth, as well as Coles and IGA and Woolworths supermarkets, have also been with Buy West Eat Best for 15 years, which means when you go shopping, there will be plenty of grocery and fresh food items sporting our distinctive bitemark for you to choose from.
So please, whenever you shop or eat out across WA, keep an eye out for these names and show them the support they deserve. And here’s to the next 15 years and beyond!