What we do

Countrywide is Australia’s largest group of independently owned wholesale Distributors in the Foodservice industry, delivering goods to a variety of foodservice outlets. Our Distributors service all establishments and outlets where food is consumed outside the home. Additionally, our Distributors and Countrywide’s own Private Label offer products for Cleaning, Packaging, Hotel Toiletries and more.

Countrywide has gone from strength to strength and vastly grown over the years to be the largest Foodservice group in Australia today, made possible with the help of our Staff, Members (our Distributors) and Recognised Suppliers. We have over 115 Distributors across Australia servicing a wide variety of food service operators including:

  • Cafés and Restaurants
  • Pubs and Clubs
  • Hotels and Motels
  • Health and Aged Care Facilities
  • Schools and Educational Institutions
  • Takeaways, Fast Food Outlets and Pizza Shops
  • Caterers
  • Bakeries
  • Contract Group and Franchise Organisations

With an extensive range of well-known Australian brands along with our own brands of quality products, we can supply everything you need to assist you in your business including:

  • Frozen Products
  • Dairy and Smallgoods
  • Canned Products
  • Paper, Packaging and Disposables
  • Dry Goods
  • Cleaning Products

Food safety is important to Countrywide. With all our Distributors and Recognised Suppliers HACCP accredited, you are assured that the quality products you purchase have been stored and handled in a safe and accredited environment.

There’s more to us!

At Countrywide, we go above and beyond in providing quality professional services to our Members, Customers and Recognised Suppliers. We have been able to come this far due to our focus and dedication towards our Mission, Vision and Company Values, which you can find out more about by clicking below. Our Board of Directors and Executive Team have been instrumental in driving Countrywide to its position today; please see how they have contributed towards Countrywide’s success as you make your way through the page.

We also place high importance on giving back to the community and make sure we are able to contribute in charitable endeavours. Throughout our 2 year Charity Partnerships, Countrywide organises many events and opportunities in which our stakeholders can contribute to these worthy causes. We would love for you to read more on our Charity Partner below.

Meet Our Board of Directors

Countrywide are guided by a professional Board of Directors, who have extensive knowledge of the industry from owning and operating their own food service businesses.

Doug Mateljan
Doug Mateljan

Chairman

Mr Mateljan first became involved in food service distribution when he purchased Craven Foods, Bunbury in January 2000. The business has received 3 AFMA awards and 5 FSAA awards. After joining the Countrywide group in 2000 as a Member, Mr Mateljan was elected onto the Countrywide Board in 2004. His initial portfolio was Chairman of the Marketing Committee, followed by subsequent appointments as Chairman of the Finance Risk and Audit Committee, until December 2013. Mr Mateljan was appointed Deputy Chairman in January 2011 before taking on the Chairman’s role in December 2013. As Chairman Mr. Mateljan recognises Countrywide’s rich history and is overseeing a period of sustained record growth
and results for the Members and the Group. Mr. Mateljan has introduced new Board standards, education and the development of Directors’ individual skills. He is also currently Chairman of the Performance and Remuneration Committee.

Damien Mahon
Damien Mahon

Deputy Chairman

Mr Mahon is Managing Director of Athian Pty Ltd. trading as Midwest Foods and is based in Dubbo in central west NSW. Mr Mahon was appointed to the Board of Countrywide in February 2004 and is currently the Deputy Chairman of Countrywide, Chairman of the Finance Risk and Audit Committee and sits on the Performance Remuneration Committee. His previous roles on the Countrywide Board include Purchasing Advisory Group and Chairman of the I.T. Committee. Mr Mahon originally served on the Countrywide Board from June 1996 to October 1998 and previously held positions on the Eastern Region Executive Committee for many years. Mr Mahon is passionate about improving business performance by empowering the team and encouraging lateral thinking backed up by detailed strategic planning to identify and capitalize on new opportunities as they arise to continually grow a sustainable business.

Peter Einersen
Peter Einersen

Director

Mr Einersen was appointed as Northern Region Director in 2009. Mr Einersen is a director and shareholder of Pastelor Pty Ltd trading as PE Foods and Einersen Group Holdings, which owns Jimele Food Providore, a specialist foodservice distributor, along with recently acquired smallgoods distributor B and D Fine Foods. Mr Einersen commenced PE Foods in 1981, after a number of years’ experience in warehousing and distribution in the tobacco and motor industries. In 1989, the business diversified into wholesale supply to the bakery and café market and has enjoyed considerable growth with franchise, contract supply and general foodservice distribution. Jimele Food Providore was acquired in 2014 and B and D Fine Foods in 2017. All companies provide strong industry support through sponsorship of apprenticeship awards, competitions and industry events. Mr Einersen is on the Board of a company involved in the bakery industry. He is also a Member of Countrywide’s Performance and Remuneration Committee.

Anna Tengstrom
Anna Tengstrom

Director

Mrs Tengstrom has held her position as Director since her appointment in 2008. She has a wealth of knowledge of the food service industry, having operated as Managing Director of K and A Foods in Finley for over 28 years. Prior to this position, Mrs Tengstrom gained considerable experience within the insurance industry, working 10 years in sales and underwriting for CIC Insurance and for insurance broker Peter L. Brown and Assoc. in the Riverina District. She has served on the Countrywide Southern Region Executive Committee over the past 17 years. Mrs Tengstrom is passionate about local community development, having held executive positions with the Chamber of Commerce, local sporting clubs and schools. Her involvement with Berrigan Shire Council has led to working on various projects including Young Achievement Australia and Tourism on the Murray River program. Mrs. Tengstrom is currently a Member of the Finance Risk and Audit Committee.

Sebastian Galipo
Sebastian Galipo

Director

Mr Galipo has 34 years’ experience in the food wholesaling industry including his involvement with Countrywide Australasia beginning as Deputy Chairman on Countrywide’s incorporation in early 1996. Mr Galipo was re-appointed as a Director in January 2000 and served on various Board sub- committees before becoming Chairman for seven years from 2003 to 2009. In 2008, he was instrumental in the formation of the Countywide Super Group and still continues his role as Chairman of the Super Group. Mr Galipo is the Managing Director of Galipo Food Co., which he started in 1983 with a few domestic fridges and freezers in his home garage and now employs 130 staff with 42 delivery trucks. Mr Galipo is very proud of his staff and attributes winning the 2014, 2016 and 2017 FSAA National Distributor of the Year awards as well as numerous SA Metro Distributor of the Year awards, as recognition of their efforts. In 2015 Mr Galipo was a finalist in the Ethnic Business Awards and in 2017 he was a finalist in the SA Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and inducted into the FSAA Hall of Fame.

Mike Peberdy
Mike Peberdy

Director

Mr. Peberdy is Managing Director of Moco Food Services, formerly Queensland Frozen Food Services (QFFS). He first became involved in the foodservice industry when he acquired a shareholding of QFFS in 2002. Under his leadership, the business has transformed into an industry leader through the use of technology and strong organic growth. Moco has received a number of industry awards including FSAA’s National Distributor of the Year Award on 2 occasions and in September this year won the award for Queensland Metro. Mr. Peberdy is a believer in building the strength of independent businesses and is a passionate advocate of the importance of buying groups. He was previously a director of Combined Foodservices Australia (CFA) and a leading member of NAFDA. Mr. Peberdy’s focus as a Director of Countrywide since joining the Board in July 2016, is to ensure that we have clear strategy, strong financial reporting and a plan to grow the human capital both in our membership and the management team. He is currently a member of the Finance Risk and Audit Committee.

Bruce Frith
Bruce Frith

Director

Mr. Frith has been involved in the Foodservice industry for 44 years, 42 years of this as Managing Director of his family business Tasfresh Foodservice. Tasfresh is a true family business with Mr. Frith’s wife Judy having been there for the entire journey, son Andrew, his wife Kelly, daughter Belinda and her husband Scott all actively involved in the business. Tasfresh has 5 depots throughout Tasmania with 3 being full Foodservice with direct to the public food markets attached, a fresh fruit and vegetable depot and a butchering facility with the capacity to breakdown and portion control beef and lambs. Tasfresh employs 150 staff and has 30 temperature controlled vehicles delivering within Tasmania. Mr. Frith is a founding member of Countrywide and has previously served on the Countrywide Board for 6 years from 1996 through to 2002, where his primary role was Finance Director. Over the past 42 years Mr. Frith has been involved as a Director in other business activities and also on various sporting bodies as either an active participant or at a Board or committee level.

Matthew Kailis
Matthew Kailis

Director

Mr. Kailis has worked in the food service industry since 1990 at Kailis Bros. which was established in 1926 by his grandfather, George P Kailis. Prior to that, Mr. Kailis was involved in the finance industry. Based at the head office of Kailis Bros Foods in Perth, Western Australia, Mr. Kailis oversees its national and international operations in his capacity as CEO and Managing Director. Kailis Bros Foods has been recognised with various industry awards including the prestigious Woolworths Supplier of the Year 2016. Mr. Kailis has held and continues to hold various Directorships both domestically and internationally. He has served on Audit and Remuneration Committees and has Chaired Board Meetings. A founding member of Combined Foodservices of Australia (CFA), Mr. Kailis has been a Director on the Countrywide Board since July 2016. Mr. Kailis is passionate about the food service industry and its development. His core approach to business are key values of integrity, long-term collaboration, innovation and outstanding service.

Joey Pollio
Joey Pollio

Director

Mr. Pollio has had a lifetime in the foodservice industry. Mr. Pollio’s father Joe Snr started his food distribution business in 1973, the year Mr. Pollio was born. In 1995, Mr. Pollio had the opportunity to work in his father’s business for five years, prior to the business being sold in early 2000. In late 2001, Mr. Pollio co-founded 5 Ways Foodservice where the focus was on importing Mediterranean style products. 5 Ways grew rapidly in the early years. In 2006 it was awarded by the BRW the number 1 upstart business in Australia. Now 17 years later, the business remains stronger than ever, with a fleet of 30 transport vehicles and 135 employees. Mr. Pollio has previously held Board positions with NAFDA and Combined Food Australia (CFA). He has been a Director on the Countrywide Board since July 2016. Mr. Pollio brings with him a wealth of experience in the areas of food importing and exporting. He has a passion for marketing and looks for the point of difference. Continually keeping the big picture in mind, Mr. Pollio works collaboratively while being strategically focused, thus complimenting the dynamic nature of the Countrywide Board.

Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips

Director

Mr. Phillips has enjoyed 40 years’ experience in the foodservice wholesaling industry commencing with a cash van business called S and P Dairy Products in 1977. In 1986, the business acquired a major shareholding in the City Ice and Cold Storage group of companies which included Ash Bros. a fresh fish wholesaler, Euro Smallgoods and John Lewis Foodservice. Mr. Phillips, as Managing Director developed the business from a $26 million annual turnover to $230 million, employing 350 staff over the next 10 years. John Lewis Foodservice was voted ‘Wholesaler of the Year’ each year from 1989 to 1996 by AFMA and was also the first foodservice distributor to be accredited with ISO 9002 in 1989. Mr. Phillips’ personal career achievements include being awarded “Foodservice Person of the year” in 1996, in 2007 was awarded “Legend of the Foodservice Industry” by the Foodservice Industry Association (FIA) and in 2010 was inducted into the Foodservice “Hall of Fame” by the Foodservice Suppliers Association Australia (FSAA). Combined Foodservice of Australia (CFA) was formed in 2001 and Mr. Phillips was the founding Chairman of the group a position he held for the next 15 years prior to being acquired by Countrywide in July 2016. Since July 2016, Mr. Phillips has been serving as Director on the Countrywide Board.

Meet Our Executive Team

Meet Countrywide’s Executive Team, leading their divisions at the Countrywide National Office.

Glen Cochrane
Glen Cochrane

Chief Executive Officer

Sharlane Fonseca
Sharlane Fonseca

Executive Assistant to Chief Executive Officer

Paul Gifford
Paul Gifford

Chief Financial Officer

Helen Clemente
Helen Clemente

Finance Manager

Brad Dean
Brad Dean

General Manager, Operations

Chai Alexiou
Chai Alexiou

General Manager, National Contracts

Michelle Wearing
Michelle Wearing

Marketing Manager

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