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Primal Food – Organic Food Network, Brookvale, Sydney

The Organic Food Network in Brookvale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches is a prime example of a small business trying to make a difference to people’s health and lives. Bex and I have been buying part of our weekly groceries from Adam and his team for several years now. It also just happens to be 150 metres away from Brad’s work! So clients now have no excuse in being able to obtain organic food close by.

Check out the video we have made to show you what a small organic shop should stock.

Look for places like this and support them in your local area! They are trying to make a difference. We are very happy to support them and spend that extra dollar with them to ensure they stay around for many years to come. We wish there were more places around like the Organic Food Network in Australia to reduce the monopoly that supermarket giants like Coles and Woolworths have.

Primal Paleo Food - Organic Food Network - Brookvale, Sydney

Organic Food Network – Support small business like this!

 


Note: The following is transcription of the video.

Brad:
Today I am speaking with Adam Skinner who is the owner of the Organic Food Network who we have been referring clients to for a long time.

Brad:
When and why did you actually start The Organic Food Network?

Adam:
The Organic Food Network started in 2001. So this is the 10th year. I wanted to basically do something that had more meaning to it, than just being an accountant.

Brad:
Where do you source the majority of your food?

Adam:
All our fruit and veg is sourced from certified organic growers.  We source locally from a small number of farms.  The majority of the fruit and veg that isn’t sourced from local farms, we source from certified organic wholesalers.

Brad:
What range of food do you sell outside of fruit and vegetables?

Adam:
We do everything. We do tinned products, we do dairy, we do meat, we do fish, we do chicken, we do frozen berries, we do all the full range of accessories that you might need to fill a kitchen cupboard.

Brad:
What percentage would be organic vs certified organic?

Adam:
There would be probably 95% of our store would be certified organic and it might even be higher. We carry a small range of items that aren’t certified organic and they are clearly identified. You will find some sheeps yogurts, goats yogurts, raw cheese, some raw milk and all those sorts of things that may not be certified organic but are very much needed for dietary purposes.

Brad:
Exactly. Do you have any plans for expanding the business?

Adam:
We certainly would be expanding our home delivery business. At the moment, we do the entire Northern Beaches. We do the Upper North Shore and the Lower North Shore and we do a city run which is Balmain, Leichart and out to Rose Bay.

Brad:
Ah ok.

Adam:
..and we want to expand that to include, I guess you call it the ‘Hills Area’?

Brad:
For someone who has never been to any sort of market like this before, organic or otherwise, what should someone expect visiting the Organic Food Network compared to a supermarket?

Adam:
The first thing that amaze is the quality of the produce. They are amazed at how fresh everything is. They comment that it lasts longer than the stuff they buy conventionally.  Secondly of course as everyone knows, they comment on the flavour of things! For people who don’t know much about organics, they are very surprised with the range as well. You can get just about everything now. Part of the philosophy of the company too, is trying to keep the prices as keen as possible. Which is why its not glamorous shelving, and glamorous staff with aprons and uniforms and all that sort of stuff. It’s people who care deeply about the food and that way we try and keep our overheads down which keeps our prices down also.

Brad:
Agreed. So that’s all we need to know there. Thank you very much Adam.

Adam:
Pleasure!

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