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Guzman y Gomez Open Drive-thru Restaurants

One of our national customers, Guzman y Gomez (GYG) are making it easier for you to get your hands on a burrito or margarita as they prepare to open 24 drive-thru's across the country. It comes as part of the "healthy Mexican" group's push to be part of the fast food revolution and meet strong consumer demand for fast drive-thru takeaway.

Queensland will make up the largest share of the openings with new stores in Toowoomba, Acacia Ridge, Maroochydore, Springfield, Capalaba and Burleigh Heads.

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Zeus Street Greek arrives in Canberra

The brand is opening their first ACT store on Thursday 16th February. The all new location, situated at Shop 7, 21 Genge Street, will serve Zeus' newly launched menu that combined modern Greek street food with the best of Australian produce in a relaxed contemporary environment.

Zeus will employ 35 local staff and customers will be able to choose to dine-in or takeaway and in time will have the ability to order online or via the Zeus Street Greek app.

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Galipo Food Company - ASCA Number One Distributor in Australia!

In December Galipo Food Company won their 4th Major Award for 2016 as the ASCA Number One Distributor in Australia! This capped off an incredible year with Galipo Food Company winning their 2nd award for Number One in Australia & 2 awards for Number One in South Australia! What a result for South Australia! Congratulations to all staff on this excellent achievement!!

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Countrywide has your Christmas menu covered.

Contact your local Countrywide Distributor for all your Christmas needs now. Click here to find your local distributor.

2016 Countrywide National Awards Night

Countrywide hosted their annual Countrywide Awards Night at the Palladium at Crown Melbourne on Saturday 22nd October 2016. Here the excellence of Members and Suppliers was recognised and Countrywide would like to congratulate the following winners:

Shooting Star - Member Recognition Award 2016

  1. The Distributors Mt Gambier (Mt Gambier, SA)
  2. Abcoe (Sydney, NSW)
  3. Markris Foods (Sunshine Coast, QLD)
  4. Grande Food Service (Albany, WA)
  5. Southern Foodservice (Hobart, TAS)

Countrywide Member Improvement Award 2016
Whitsunday Foodservice (Airlie Beach, QLD)

Countrywide Member Of The Year 2016 – Regional < $7.5 million
Markris Foods (Sunshine Coast, QLD)

Countrywide Member Of The Year 2016 – Regional > $7.5 million
Midwest Foods (Dubbo, NSW)

Countrywide Member Of The Year 2016 – Metro < $7.5 million
Westoz Food Distributors (Perth, WA)

Countrywide Member Of The Year 2016 – Metro > $7.5 million
Del-Re National Food Group (Melbourne, VIC)

Countrywide Supplier Improvement Award 2016
Lion

Supplier Of The Year - Dry Products 2016
Unilever Food Solutions

Supplier Of The Year - Paper, Packaging & Cleaning Products 2016
Clorox Australia

Supplier Of The Year - Chilled Products 2016
Don KRC

Supplier Of The Year - Frozen Products 2016
Inghams Enterprises

Supplier Of The Year 2016
Inghams Enterprises

Chairman’s Award 2016
Inghams Enterprises

Our Silent Auction was once again a huge success with guests digging deep, raising over $57,000 for Soldier On who are about Australians coming together to show their support for our physically and psychologically wounded returned soldiers. Soldier On’s mission is to show the men and women of our Defence forces that we will always have their backs. Countrywide are proud to be supporting Soldier On with their mission. The Awards Night event, the largest in the Foodservice industry, was the finale to a fantastic and successful National Meeting for Countrywide full of great events, sessions and our famous Stock Market buy day which set another impressive record of purchases on the day.

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Congratulations to Countrywide Distributors Award Winners at FSAA National Awards of Excellence

Congratulations to the following Countrywide Distributors, winning a Foodservice Suppliers Association of Australia (FSAA) Award for their state/region at the FSAA National Awards of Excellence on Tuesday 13th September 2016:

  • EWH Food Services - NSW Metro
  • Cadell Food Service - VIC Regional
  • Quality Food Services - QLD Metro
  • Galipo Food Company - SA Metro
  • Asian United Food Services - SA/NT Regional
  • Sealanes Food Service - WA Metro
  • Tasfresh Foodservice - TAS

As well as winning in their state, congratulations to Galipo Food Company for also winning the Distributor of the Year 2016.

And the awards kept coming with Countrywide winning the FSAA Innovation of the Year Award 2016 for our CW2U app for Subway store ordering.

Countrywide and Combined Foodservices of Australia Pty Limited (CFA) Trade Announcement

Countrywide and Combined Foodservices of Australia Pty Limited (CFA) wish to jointly announce, effective 1st July 2016 that all 10 current CFA Members will merge into the Countrywide organisation

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Countrywide Welcomes Three New Members in December 2015

Countrywide is pleased to welcome three new Members to the Countrywide business, Frozpak Food Services, Natures Cargo and United Food Express.

Frozpak Food Services are a locally owned and operated family business trading for over 40 years, servicing Canberra and the surrounding regions including the ACT region, Southern Tablelands and Yass Shire as well as the South Coast and Snowy Mountains. Frozpak are a broad line distributor supplying customers with frozen, chilled and dry products, along with beverages and packaging, and they are an agent for Lavazza Coffee.

Natures Cargo are a broad line food service distributor stocking over 5,000 product lines including frozen, chilled and dry products, beverages, packaging and cleaning products. Natures Cargo have been operating for over 30 years and service Victoria from the South Australian border to Cann River in East Gippsland. Natures Cargo have two warehousing facilities, in Ballarat and Trarlagon.

United Food Express specialise in the supply of local and imported frozen seafood as well as complimentary food service product lines to customers throughout the Melbourne metropolitan area and regional Victoria. United Food Express have two warehousing facilities, in Bendigo and Dandenong South and aim to continue to grow their product range and provide quality and value to their customers.

Countrywide are very pleased to welcome Dairy Frozpak Food Services, Natures Cargo and United Food Express to the Countrywide business.

Countrywide Welcomes Another New Member

In November 2015, Countrywide welcomed another new Member, Dairy Solutions. Dairy Solutions are a locally owned and operated food service distributor located in Winston Hills, NSW and primarily caters to restaurants.

We are very pleased to welcome Dairy Solutions to the Countrywide business.

Countrywide Welcomes Two New Members

In September 2015, Countrywide welcomed two new Members, North Coast Foods and Metropol Foods.

North Coast Foods service the Hospitality and Food Industry on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. North Coast Foods success stems around the high level of service and the quality of the products supplied to their customers.

Metropol Foods are based in Wetherill Park, NSW and service the greater Sydney metropolitan area. Metropol Foods current customer base includes independent pizza outlets and restaurants.

We are very pleased to welcome North Coast Foods and Metropol Foods to the Countrywide business.

2015 Countrywide National Awards Night

Countrywide hosted their annual Countrywide Awards Night at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast on Saturday 17th October 2015. Here the excellence of Members and Suppliers was recognised and Countrywide would like to congratulate the following winners:

Shooting Star - Member Recognition Award 2015

  1. Grande Food Service (Albany, WA)

    Shooting Star - Grande

  2. Aquanas Foods (Melbourne, VIC)

    Shooting Star - Aquanos Foods

  3. Lemchef Food Service (Melbourne, VIC)

    Shooting Star - Lemchef

  4. Two Providores (Sydney, NSW)

    Shooting Star - Two Providores

  5. Superstock Food Services (Perth, WA)

    Shooting Star - Superstock

  6. Sydney Freezers Food Distributors (Sydney, NSW)

    Shooting Star - Sydney Freezers

Countrywide Member Improvement Award 2015

Markris Foods (Sunshine Coast, QLD)

Countrywide Memeber Improvement Award - Markris

Countrywide Member Of The Year 2015 –Regional < $7.5 million

Markris Foods (Sunshine Coast, QLD)

Member of the Year Under $7.5 million - Regional - Markris

Countrywide Member Of The Year 2015 – Regional > $7.5 million

Midwest Foods (Dubbo, NSW)

Member of the Year Over $7.5 million - Regional - Midwest

Countrywide Member Of The Year 2015 – Metro < $7.5 million

Westoz Food Distributors (Perth, WA)

Member of the Year Under $7.5 million - Metro - Westoz

Countrywide Member Of The Year 2015 – Metro > $7.5 million

Asian – United Food Service (Darwin, NT)

Member of the Year Over $7.5 million - Metro - Asian-United

Countrywide Supplier Improvement Award 2015

Fonterra Australia

Supplier Improvement - Fonterra

Supplier Of The Year - Dry Products 2015

Unilever Food Solutions

Supplier of the Year - Dry - Unilever

Supplier Of The Year - Paper, Packaging & Cleaning Products 2015

Polo Citrus Australia

Supplier of the Year - PPC - Polo Citrus Australia

Supplier Of The Year - Chilled Products 2015

Fonterra Australia

Supplier of the Year - Chilled - Fonterra

Supplier Of The Year - Frozen Products 2015

Inghams Enterprises

Supplier of the Year - Frozen - Inghams

Supplier Of The Year 2015

Inghams Enterprises

Supplier of the Year - Overall - Inghams

Chairman’s Award 2015

Unilever Food Solutions

Chairman's Award - Unilever

Our Silent Auction was once again a huge success with guests digging deep, raising over $60,000 for Soldier On who are about Australians coming together to show their support for our physically and psychologically wounded returned soldiers. Soldier On’s mission is to show the men and women of our Defence forces that we will always have their backs. Countrywide are proud to be supporting Soldier On with their mission. The Awards Night event, the largest in the Foodservice industry, was the finale to a fantastic and successful National Meeting for Countrywide full of great events, golf, sessions and our famous $tock Market buy day which set another impressive record of purchases on the day.

Karina Ernst Awarded Excellence in Customer Service Award

"The Fuel of Business Subway and IPCA Supplier Awards” were held on 3rd June 2015 at Doltone House in Sydney. This year was a celebration of everything that fuels the great Subway brand. Karina Ernst, National Account Manager at Countrywide Food Service Distributors was presented with the award for Excellence in Customer Service. We congratulate Karina on her achievement.

Countrywide Distributors Take Out Awards at FSAA Awards Night

On Monday 1st June 2015 the Foodservice Supplier's Association Australia (FSAA) held their annual National Awards of Excellence at Palladium at Crown, Melbourne. Countrywide Distributors collected 4 of the 12 FSAA Distributor Award.

Congratulations also go to the following Countrywide Distributors who were winners in their region.

Victorian Regional Distributor of the Year – Cadell Food Service

South Australian Metro Distributor of the Year – Galipo Food Company

South Australian Regional Distributor of the Year – Asian-United Food Service

Tasmanian Distributor of the Year – Tasfresh Foodservice

Countrywide appointed Distributor to handle distribution to Subway restaurants

Countrywide is pleased to announce that IPCA (The Buying Company for Subway) has appointed Countrywide as its Distributor to handle distribution to Subway restaurants in NSW, ACT, VIC, QLD, SA and NT. Countrywide was chosen after IPCA conducted a rigorous review process with several Distributor Groups and Distributors. Following their intensive analysis of these Distributors, as well as numerous facility inspections, it was concluded that Countrywide was the best option for Subway stores in the future. In order to ensure a smooth transition, the distribution will be a phased approach, commencing from now until the end of April.

Countrywide CEO Glen Cochrane said “I trust that you all agree that Countrywide winning the Subway business is another positive step for Countrywide’s growth in the foodservice industry.”

Countrywide National Office Key Contact for the Subway Business is Karina Ernst.

21st January 2015

2014 Countrywide National Awards Night

Hosted by Channel 9’s Weekend Today host, Cam Williams, the annual Countrywide Awards Night was held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast on Saturday 18th October 2014. Here the excellence of Members and Suppliers was recognised and Countrywide would like to congratulate the following winners:

Shooting Star - Member Recognition Award 2014

Mayco Wholesale Foods (Moree, NSW)

South Coast Foodservice (Esperance, WA)

Midwest Foods (Dubbo, NSW)

The Distributors Mt Gambier (SA)

Countrywide Member Improvement Award 2014

Richmond Oysters (Melbourne, VIC)

Countrywide Member Of The Year - Country Member 2014

MRF Food Service (Mackay, QLD)

Countrywide Member Of The Year - Metropolitan/Major Regional 2014

Asian – United Food Service (Darwin, NT)

Countrywide Supplier Improvement Award 2014

Mondelez Australia (Foods) Ltd

Supplier Of The Year - Frozen Products 2014

Ingham Enterprises

Supplier Of The Year - Paper, Packaging & Cleaning Products 2014

F.P.A. Australia

Supplier Of The Year - Dry Products 2014

Sandhurst Fine Foods

Supplier Of The Year - Chilled Products 2014

Don KRC Foodservice

Chairman’s Award 2014

Sebastian Galipo

Supplier Of The Year 2014

Ingham Enterprises

Our Silent Auction was once again a huge success with guests digging deep, raising $46,000 for Youngcare and taking the overall funds raised for Youngcare during our charity partnership to well over $100,000. The Awards Night event, the largest in the Foodservice industry, was the finale to a fantastic and successful National Meeting for Countrywide.

Countrywide Member Galipo Foods takes out the National Distributor FSAA Award

On Monday 26th May 2014 the Foodservice Supplier's Association Australia (FSAA) held their annual National Awards of Excellence at Doltone House Sydney. Countrywide Members collected 5 of the 12 FSAA Distributor Awards, with Galipo Food Company taking out the prestigious National Distributor of the Year Award. Congratulations to Sebastian Galipo and the team at Galipo Food Company (located in Adelaide, South Australia) on this fantastic achievement.

Congratulations also go to the following Countrywide Members who were winners in their region.

Victorian Regional Distributor of the Year – Cadell Trading

South Australian Metro Distributor of the Year – Galipo Food Company

South Australian/Northern Territory Regional Distributor of the Year – Asian-United Food Service

Western Australian Regional Distributor of the Year – Craven Foods

National Distributor of the Year – Galipo Food Company

 

Glen Cochrane, Countrywide’s CEO said “this is an outstanding result for Countrywide Members. The evening was another fantastic FSAA event and congratulations go to Vince Crawley and the FSAA team”.

 

 

14 Countrywide Members Nominated for a 2014 FSAA Award

14 Countrywide Members have been nominated for a 2014 Foodservice Supplier's Association Australia Inc. (FSAA) Award, voted upon by suppliers.

 

NSWMetropolitan:   

Plateau Food Distributors

Daily Fresh

Regional:            

Bibina

VICMetropolitan:   

Associated Foodservice

Regional:

Cadell Trading

QLDMetropolitan:   

Quality Foodservice

Aliant Foodservice 

Regional: 

MRF Food Service

SA/NTMetropolitan:   

Galipo Food Company 

Regional:            

Asian United Foodservice

WAMetropolitan:   

Atmos Foods

Regional:            

Craven Foods 

McDonald’s Wholesalers

TASSouthern Foodservice

Congratulations to all finalists. The winners will be announced at the FSAA Awards of Excellence Dinner on Monday 26th May 2014 to be held at Doltone House, Pyrmont, Sydney.

Countrywide Welcomes Three New Members

On Monday 3rd February 2014, Countrywide welcomed three new Members to the group: Tetrie Pty Ltd, Peak Fine Foods (Aust) Pty Ltd and JB Metropolitan Distributors Pty Ltd.

Tetrie services a large area in and around Brisbane, Poinana (North); Beerwah (South); Coast (East); Maleny/Mapleton (West) and Tetrie also has a depot in Gladstone. Their market segments include bakery, restaurants and pubs and clubs.

Peak Fine Foods are located in Peakhurst, Sydney and their key market segments include tourism, restaurants, pubs and clubs, hospitality and independent take-aways. They service areas from Palm Beach to the North, Stanwell Tops to the South, Bondi to the East and Mt Druitt to the West.

JB Metropolitan Distributors are located in Moorebank, Sydney and service a large area from the Central Coast to Wollongong, Tamarama to the Blue Mountains with a focus on convenience store groups, hospitality and independent take-aways.

We are very pleased to welcome Tetrie, Peak Fine Foods and JB Metropolitan Distributors to the Countrywide business.

Countrywide’s National Awards Night 2013

The excellence of Members and Suppliers was recognised at Countrywide’s National Awards Night 2013, held in the Four Seasons ballroom and with Channel 9’s Weekend Today host, Cameron Williams as our entertaining MC. We kicked off the Awards with our Shooting Star Awards and congratulate Quality Food Service, HBW Foodservice, Lemchef Foodservice and Mayco Distributors for receiving this award. Our Silent Auction was once again a huge success with guests digging deep to support our new charity partner, Youngcare, raising $60,000 for the charity.

We would like to congratulations to the following Countrywide Award Winners:

  • Countrywide Member Improvement Award 2013: McDonalds Wholesalers, Geraldton, WA
  • Countrywide Member of the Year 2013 for Metropolitan/Major Regional: Asian-United Food Service, Darwin, NT
  • Countrywide Member of the Year 2013 for Country: MRF Foodservice, Mackay, QLD
  • Countrywide Supplier Improvement Award 2013: HJ Heinz Co Australia
  • Countrywide Supplier of the Year 2013 for Frozen Products: Ingham Enterprises
  • Countrywide Supplier of the Year 2013 for Paper, Packaging & Cleaning Products: Clorox Commercial Solutions
  • Countrywide Supplier of the Year Award 2013 for Dry Products: MARS Food Service
  • Countrywide Supplier of the Year Award 2013 for Chilled Products: Don KRC Foodservice
  • Countrywide Chairman’s Award 2013: Don KRC Foodservice
  • Countrywide Supplier of the Year Award 2013: Ingham Enterprises

Countrywide secures its 100th Member - Festival City Food & Liquor

Countrywide is pleased to announce their 100th Member to the group, Festival City Food & Liquor who became a Countrywide Member on 1st November 2013. This is the first time in the history of the Foodservice industry that any group has had 100 Members at any one time. Countrywide is extremely proud that it continues to be the largest National group of Independent Wholesale Food Service Distributors.

The colourful history of Festival began in 1978 when founding Managing Director, Domenico (Don) Totino bought a company known as Sarti Liqueurs. Festival City Food & Liquor is a family owned wholesaler of Food, Wines, Liquor and Ciders and they have grown significantly over the years. Today, they operate from Adelaide, Darwin and Melbourne. Their key customer base covers Retailers, Restaurants, Takeaways, Pubs, Clubs, Motels and Caterers.

It should be noted that Don Totino the Managing Director of Festival City Food & Liquor has over the years been officially recognised from both Italian and Australian governments for services to the Italian community, particular through promoting commerce and industry and as a supporter of a range of charitable organisations. In 2003, the Italian Republic served him with the Cavaliere honour and subsequently in 2006 with the third highest honour of Commendatore. In 2007 Don was awarded the Order of Australia (OAM).

We are very pleased to welcome Festival City Food & Liquor to Countrywide.

Countrywide Welcomes Bruno Fine Foods & Distribution

‘Bruno Fine Foods & Distribution’, joined the group in July 2013. They are located in Pascoe Vale, Victoria. Bruno Fine Foods & Distribution services the Fast Food, Restaurants, Pubs and Clubs, Hospitality and Independent Take-away foodservice market segments, distributing to Melbourne and Geelong and regional parts of Victoria. This addition to our membership enhances our national coverage and we welcome Bruno Fine Foods & Distribution as our newest member of Countrywide.

 

Countrywide Wins the Agreement to Supply Food Products to all Spotless Sites in Australia (excluding WA)

This week, Countrywide Members commenced the delivery of food items to Spotless sites nationally (excluding WA) after Countrywide were successful in the Spotless tender process. Countrywide CEO Glen Cochrane said “I trust that you all agree that Countrywide winning the Spotless Contract is a positive for the Foodservice Industry. We look forward to working with our Recognised Suppliers, together with our Members, to ensure the long term benefits are positive for Spotless and Countrywide.”

Countrywide National Office Key Contact for the Spotless Business is Karina Ernst.

18th June 2013    

Three Countrywide Members Win an FSAA Award

On Monday 3rd June 2013 the Foodservice Supplier's Association Australia (FSAA) held their annual National Awards of Excellence at the Park Hyatt Melbourne. Congratulations to the three Countrywide members who were winners in their region.

Queensland Regional Distributor of the Year – MRF Food ServiceSouth Australia/Northern Territory Regional Distributor of the Year – Asian-United Food ServiceWestern Australian Regional Distributor of the Year – Craven Foods

The 380 attending guests enjoyed the foodservice industry's night of nights and congratulations go to Vince Crawley and the FSAA team for another fantastic event.

15 Countrywide Members Nominated as FSAA Finalists

Congratulations to the following 15 Countrywide Members who have been nominated for a 2013 Foodservice Supplier's Association Australia Inc. (FSAA) Award, voted upon by suppliers:

NSWMetropolitan:    Plateau Food DistributorsRegional:           Midwest Foods                            Pye’s Countrywide Food Service

VICMetropolitan:     Associated FoodserviceRegional:            Cadell Trading

QLDMetropolitan:    Quality Foodservice                             Aliant FoodserviceRegional:            MRF Food Service

SA/NTMetropolitan:     Galipo Food CompanyRegional:             Asian United Foodservice

WAMetropolitan:    Atmos FoodsRegional:           Craven Foods                             Kimberley Distributors

TASSouthern FoodserviceBulk Frozen Foods

The winners will be announced at the FSAA Awards of Excellence Dinner on Monday 3rd June 2013 to be held at the Park Hyatt, Melbourne. Good luck to all finalists!

Countrywide Launches CW Bacon

Exclusive to Countrywide, these premium quality middle bacon rashers are available in rindless and rind on, making these the perfect addition to any breakfast, sandwich or burger.

To place your order, contact your local Countrywide distributor.

Download CW Bacon Product Flyer here

Murray Goulburn Show True Aussie Spirit

Murray Goulburn, after seeing so many families and businesses displaced by Mother Nature during recent floods and fires, generously offered a helping hand. As a major producer of UHT milk and given power outages, it was the perfect product to donate as support to families.

Damien Mahon from Midwest Foods worked with Murray Goulburn to supply 1000kgs of milk powder to assist farmers in Coonabarabran feeding poddy calves that lost their mothers in the bushfires. We thank Murray Goulburn for their support.

Countrywide Congratulates 2012 National Awards Night Winners

The excellence of members and suppliers was recognised at Countrywide’s National Awards Night, held at the prestigious Crown Palladium on 18th November 2012. Countrywide ran another fantastic and successful Silent Auction, where members and nationally recognised suppliers could bid on 31 auction items and $50,000 was raised for Bowel Cancer Australia.

Congratulations to the following Countrywide Award Winners:

  • Countrywide Member Improvement Award 2012: AJ Wilson Wholesale Food Distributors, Forster, NSW
  • Countrywide Member of the Year 2012 for Metropolitan/Major Regional: Asian-United Food Service, Darwin, NT
  • Countrywide Member of the Year 2012 for Country: MRF Foodservice, Mackay, QLD
  • Countrywide Supplier Improvement Award 2012: Kraft Foods Australia
  • Countrywide Supplier of the Year 2012 for Frozen Products: Ingham Enterprises
  • Countrywide Supplier of the Year 2012 for Paper, Packaging & Cleaning Products: FPA Australia
  • Countrywide Supplier of the Year Award 2012 for Dry Products: MARS Food Service
  • Countrywide Supplier of the Year Award 2012 for Chilled Products: Pace Farm
  • Countrywide Chairman’s Award 2012:MARS Food Service
  • Countrywide Supplier of the Year Award 2012: Ingham Enterprises

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