Saturday, January 06, 2007

'Rabbit food' putdown is now bad taste

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HEALTHY eating must have been on the minds of Redlanders this festive season, maybe thanks partly to the millions of dollars worth of advertising pitched at the public’s diet conscience.
But, although the "eat right" theme has been the flavour of the month in public health promotion, at least one Redlands business has been quietly doing its bit in the field for many years.
Food Le Naturel is a salad specialist with its factory on a former strawberry farm in Bunker Road, Victoria Point.

THE French name reflects the Swiss origins of the family that moved to the property in 1982 and farmed fruit and vegetables before building a small factory 12 years later and settling on meeting demand for a range of salads from the best fresh ingredients.
The firm still makes all its dressings, mayonnaise and sauces for a range of more than 30 salads. It supplies consumers big and small, with its high-volume customers including Qantas.
Yvette Sunier recalls that another airline, Ansett, was among the handful of big customers that gave

Food Le Naturel its flying start. She was there on day one, undoubtedly washing, cutting, chopping and taste testing.
Yvette has reduced her involvement with the business but nevertheless has returned for extra hours during this busy Christmas-new year holiday.

SHIFTS in public tastes over the years stand out in such peak periods. In the early days the classic Berliner potato salad was among the most popular products, Yvette says.
This year "Bush Tucker" was the word and taste on many cusomers’ lips. The ingredients are potato, sweet potato, carrot, onion, garlic and Food Le Naturel’s own dressing.
"Bush Tucker", at $6.40 a kilogram, is midway in the firm’s price range, from $4.85 to $9.85 a kg.
Yvette says the public certainly seems to be more health and diet conscious nowadays.
"My daughter, Corinne, was still at Cleveland High School when we started but now she and her husband, Sergio, have taken over the business," Yvette says.
Corinne and Sergio Pinto are busy raising a new generation of salad makers. They have four children, aged 2 to 10.

THANKS for joining me to meet the great people in the marvellous community of classified advertising. This column appeared yesterday in The Redland Times, Cleveland, Redland Shire, Queensland, Australia.

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