About Kalfresh Vegetables
Kalfresh Vegetables has grown from a small family-owned company with five staff into a multi-million dollar produce business that grows, packs and markets fresh vegetables for customers in Queensland, Australia and overseas.
Kalfresh was started in 1992 by father and son team, Barry and Robert Hinrichsen in the Fassifern Valley south-west of Brisbane. Their vision was to unite growers under a common brand.
Since then the business has grown and developed and is now one of Queensland’s leading vegetable production companies and boasts a state-of-the-art washing and packing facility.
CEO Richard Gorman joined the company in 1994 and in 2011 became a part-owner of the business. He oversees the day-to-day operations and is supported by a dedicated team of staff. The farming operation continues to be overseen by Agricultural Director Robert Hinrichsen.
Our Growing Philosophy
Kalfresh is a business that has good farming techniques at its core. It’s a company run by growers for growers, with a constant focus on the needs of our customers. The owners control all decisions, from seed selection right through to harvest, packing and distribution.
We’re passionate about creating the freshest, tastiest, nutrient-rich produce possible. The company supplies direct to customers and through the central market system and our key lines are carrots, green beans, onions, pumpkins and pre-prepared vegetables.
Kalfresh has more than 3000 acres under crop in five growing regions. This enables geographic diversity, water security and the ability to produce our core crops year-round.
Kalfresh times its plantings to ensure consistent supply and its synchronised crop planning allows the company to harvest by age. We follow a one in four-year crop rotation, ensuring the health and viability of the soil.
People often comment that our vegetables are sweet and tasty and last longer than our competitors. These qualities are the result of the farming methods which we’ve honed over the years to ensure our customers can taste the Kalfresh difference.
Our Packing Facility
The Kalfresh washing, grading and packing facility is industry-leading and has been designed by our in-house engineers in consultation with the world's leading manufacturers of vegetable production lines. Our washline was first installed in 2006 and has been modified, expanded and improved every year since then. Each season we strive to set a new standard in efficiency and product freshness and keep pace with world's best practice. Our system enables produce to be handled direct from the paddock and ensures maximum freshness and quality is maintained.
In 2011 the company invested in the expansion of its onion, potato and pumpkin grading and packing facility and in 2015 Kalfresh installed a high-care facility to enable us to offer customers pre-prepared vegetable products.
Our plant is located on the Cunningham Highway at Kalbar, one hour’s drive west of Brisbane. We are well-located for connections to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmania.
Kalfresh runs its own transport from farm to Brisbane and works with the large trucking companies for interstate transport.
We are well located for connections to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmania.
- One hour delivery to Brisbane customers
- 90 minutes to Brisbane Port (oversize permits avail)
- 90 minutes to Brisbane Airport
- 60 minutes to interstate rail head
- Overnight service to Sydney
Kalfresh is proud to work under the following accredited systems:
- AQIS Co-Regulation
- Freshcare (All Suppliers)