Sandhurst Fine Foods was established in 1988, but our heritage owes much to generations of ancestors in regional Italy where life revolved around working with the seasons to grow, harvest and preserve food. “One of my grandfathers was a fisherman, the other a farmer” explains Mimmo, who today heads up the family business, alongside his brother Ray.
Time-honoured traditions haven’t simply inspired our business, they are our business. Many of our preserving techniques and recipes are much as they have been for centuries with closely-guarded recipes for marinades and pickling passed down through the generations.
Italian ingredients remain at the heart of our business, but today our wide range of products for both food service and retail markets reflects Australian food trends and tastes with essential ingredients for global cuisines including Mexican, Greek, Asian, Lebanese and South American.
Having persuaded Mimmo and Ray to leave the corporate world and join the family business, the Lubranos set about expanding the range to meet the needs and tastes of Australian customers.
Creating innovative products and sourcing the very best produce within Australia and around the world set the standard for Sandhurst that continues today. Mimmo can often be found in restaurant kitchens finding out how we can continue to add new convenience, flavour and value for our customers.
Mimmo credits his parents for the passion that defines the Sandhurst business. “Be true to who you are. And for Italians that means being true to your roots… and true to your ingredients. Quality and authenticity are everything.” It’s no coincidence, Mimmo says, that the family’s ongoing quest for the very best produce leads to other families who share our values and passion for quality.
Whether that’s the basil growers in Far North Queensland who have supplied Sandhurst for nearly twenty years, the seven brothers in Murcia, Spain who grow artichokes, or the fourth-generation Mutti family producing premium canned tomatoes, “behind every good product is a good family.”