Central Coast Food Alliance- Newsletter- September 2021

By 15/09/2021News

Sanitarium Health Food Company & Mackillop Catholic College collaborate to inspire Year 11 Food Technology Students

As a first for the Central Coast RIEP and Catholic School Broken Bay Diocese, on 24th August a virtual Food Technology presentation was delivered as a co-curriculum project between Sanitarium Health Food Company and Mackillop Catholic College at Warnervale.

Miss Eliza Baird, Dietitian at Sanitarium Health Food Company, generously shared her time and knowledge with 19 home based students from the school’s Year 11 Food Technology class, exploring aspects of the science of nutrition and the different roles Dietitians can play within the food system.

Mackillop Catholic College, Food Technology teacher, Ms Kerrie Pearce, collaborated with Miss Baird to create content for the workshop with the aim of bringing the Food Technology curriculum to life and inspiring the students to continue their studies in Food Science. The students have been investigated the basic chemical structure, function and food sources for essential nutrients and Miss Baird was able to explain how nutrients do and don’t work together in the context of familiar products.

“I thought that was cool considering I consume one of their So Good milks on a daily basis, so learning the reasoning behind why they add in Calcium to the product was cool” said one of the Food Technology students.

The students also valued an insight into the ‘day in the life’ of a Dietitian and by discussing different types of roles and places Dietitians could work, students gained new knowledge around food industry career pathways.

The Regional Industry Education Partnerships program supports the Catholic Diocese Broken Bay Partnerships Program (led by Shana Kuziow and Kylie Bailey on the Central Coast) and collaboratively creates connections between industry and secondary schools to support students in planning their future career pathways. Businesses or Schools wanting to learn more about the program should visit the RIEP website HERE or contact Jillian Williams, Central Coast RIEP Officer at 0447 331 399 or jillian.williams4@det.nsw.edu.au

Mars Food has partnered with Foodbank in a program that will provide 600,000 meals to Australians in need this year

Berkeley Vale-based, Mars Food Australia will donate 175,000 bottles of DOLMIO, MASTERFOODS and KANTONG Sauces, which will be manufactured specifically for food relief organisation Foodbank and supplied each quarter.

Demand for food relief provided by Foodbank Australia increased by 47% last year, with three out of 10 Australians facing food insecurity.

Mars Food GM, Bill Heague said the company is committed to helping ease the country’s growing hunger crisis.

“Last year we delivered 265,700 meals to people in need, but the pandemic made food insecurity an even bigger issue in our society, and we knew we could do more”, said Mr Heague.

Family-owned Mars Food is committed to delivering 25 million meals to people in need worldwide by 2025. Here in Australia that means one million meals for Australians by the end of 2021. The new Foodbank partnership will deliver 60 per cent of this goal.

Read more about the initiative in Inside FMCG

Mars Food and Sanitarium Health Food Company are just two of many organisations – large and small – working to tackle food insecurity here on the Coast.

If you’re keen to make a difference, reach out to us at CCFA or contact Foodbank to explore ways you can help.

New Member Profiles

Crickets & Co

Mikkel Overgaard established his container-based insect farm at Bensville in 2020 and having already built momentum selling crickets to the Pet-trade, Mikkel now has plans to scale up and diversify into insects for human food.


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Fusing great flavour with sustainability principles, Seaweedery founder Natalie Kalinova is developing solutions to transform seafood processing waste into tasty, versatile and nutritious food products, including prawn oil and seaweed vinegar


Home Ground


Based at Empire Bay, founders Deiniol and Dallas are passionate about the Coast and supporting local producers and artisan makers. They launched their range of gift boxes in August, which include high quality food and beverage products sourced ONLY from small and medium producers on the Central Coast.


Want to become a Mentor or Mente

CCFA can help support your professional and business development or explore ways to leverage your capability and experience to support others.

What’s in it for Mentees –

  • Exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking
  • Guidance on professional development and support to build capability
  • Increased visibility and connections within the industry network
  • Support to accelerate business problem solving


Benefits for Mentors –

  • Recognition as a subject matter expert and leader
  • Exposure to fresh perspectives, ideas and approaches
  • Development of personal leadership and coaching capabilities
  • Opportunity for self-reflection and personal satisfaction

Reach out to Alex or Frank learn more about becoming or finding a Mentor

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