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Logan’s fresh food and produce has world-wide appeal

Published: 4 January 2016

Logan’s fresh food and produce has world-wide appeal
L-R Oliver Simon, Deputy CEO Logan City Council with Cr Graham Able, Tim Knopke, Business Manager Snap Fresh, Cr Steve Swenson and Deputy Mayor Cr Russell Lutton; who recently visited the Snap Fresh plant at Crestmead to promote the use of Logan’s fresh food and produce in the millions of prepared meals produced each year for Qantas Airways.

As Logan City Council’s campaign to promote the city as a centre for fresh food and produce gathers momentum, one local food processor has been producing millions of healthy prepared meals to be consumed all over the world.

Producing 18 million meals a year, with capacity to ramp up to 30 million meals, Snap Fresh is a major processor of fresh food from which it creates more than 2000 different types of fully prepared meals, snap frozen as either individual or catering portions.

A delegation from Logan City Council, led by Deputy Mayor Cr Russell Lutton, recently visited the Snap Fresh plant, located in Crestmead, to talk to management about the opportunity to collaborate more closely with local growers and producers.

“Snap Fresh has a significant demand for high quality fresh ingredients and there are opportunities for local growers to increase their production to meet this demand,” Cr Lutton said.

“Logan is ideally situated to both grow and process high quality food and now has the potential to be known for its market gardens as well as its multi-culturally diverse culinary options.”

Wholly owned by the Qantas Group, Snap Fresh frozen meals are served on domestic and international flights and specially prepared meals are prepared for customers in the healthcare industry, where high quality nutritious meals are required.

Prepared in batches of no less than 5,000 meals at a time, Snap Fresh is one of the major processors of fresh produce in south east Queensland.

Councillor Lutton said Snap Fresh had also demonstrated that it was an outstanding corporate citizen in Logan.

“The company employs approximately 130 full time staff and averages 200 casual employees. It provides training for school-based trainees as well as diversity programs to provide employment opportunities for Indigenous people and people with a disability,” he said.

“The company has also significantly reduced its environmental footprint – reducing landfill waste by 70 per cent between 2009 and 2013 and water consumption by 40 per cent since 2005.

“Snap Fresh also donates to the Food Bank, providing high quality easy to prepare meals for vulnerable people.

Cr Lutton said Logan was fast becoming known for its diverse food and quality produce.

“We’re hoping that Snap Fresh will become another driver for building our reputation as a world class producer of quality fresh food,” he said.