It's why 96% of our fresh fruit & veg comes from our very own backyard. Food grown by true blue farmers right across the country. It's also the reason why 100% of our fresh meat comes from Australian farms and nowhere else. This love of Australia and our home grown produce has led us to get involved with communities all over the country in many different ways.
Like all Aussies, we want our kids to
have everything they need.
Our Earn & Learn program supports schools by providing them with much-needed educational resources. And with our Fresh Food Kids program, we work to give children a better understanding of good nutrition.
On top of this, we run our own kids' Hospital Appeal and support many other youth charities. These include Canteen, who work with young cancer sufferers,
and The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Smith Family and
The Children's Medical Research Institute are also doing really important work,
so we support them too.
Australia's rural areas are extremely important to us.
It's where most of our produce comes from and we want it to stay that way.
The Fresh Food Future program is our investment in agricultural sustainability
so that our farms will continue to produce wonderful fresh food for many years
With our Agricultural Business Scholarships, we're encouraging more young people to get into farming life every year, bringing new skills and enthusiasm
We also like to sponsor Royal Agricultural shows, and join in the fun of celebrating what's happening now in farming. It's a chance to really shine a light on the beautiful fresh food this country is producing.
Part of being an Aussie is lending a helping hand to those who need it.
In times of tragedy such as floods or droughts, we've helped our customers support those affected by accepting donations for The Salvation Army's Disaster Relief Fund at the checkout.
On a day-to-day basis, our Fresh Food Rescue program supports food relief organisations that distribute surplus food to people in need, rather than it going
Our people are our greatest asset.
Nationwide we employ 110,000 Aussies. For many young people, working
at Woolies is their first job. We also give a lot of people a leg up into trades,
by employing more apprentice butchers and bakers than anyone
else in the country.
It's very important to us that our workforce is open to everybody so we have programs that provide opportunities for Australians from diverse backgrounds.
That's why when it comes to food, whether
it's a ripe tomato or a juicy pineapple, 96%
of our fruit and veg and 100% of our fresh
meat comes from Australia.
David Brown has been supplying us with beef for over 20 years. From his farm at West Talgai, David sends us over 6000 cattle every year. He sums up his relationship with Woolworths when he says: "Woolworths only buy the best quality meat, and we pride ourselves on only providing the best".
“For tender juicy beef every time, look for the MSA certification.”
Bruce and Katrina Archer have been supplying prime quality lamb to Woolworths for over 15 years. Their farm in Westwood, Tasmania produces delicious tender lamb that we just can't get enough of.
“Lamb is beautiful on the barbecue, but make sure the grill is hot when you throw it on, so you seal in the flavour straight away.”
Fiona Selleck of Rivalea is proud of her company. Rivalea has been recognised internationally for its Animal Welfare practices and recently won a prestigious award for ‘Compassion in Animal Farming'. They have been supplying Woolworths with great tasting pork for over 20 years.
“Look for pork that is a light pinkish colour. Pork is always best cooked over medium heat. Too hot and the meat will have a tendency to dry out.”
Grant and Julie Skinner have been raising chickens for Inghams for the past 31 years. Raising chickens requires a lot of TLC, with access to fresh water and only the best quality feed.
“After removing your roast chicken from the oven, allow it to rest for 10 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to settle for beautifully tender, moist meat.”
Dennis Howe is the latest generation in his family to grow bananas in far north Queensland. It's a year round job, as the farm produces bananas to harvest every single week. They grow many varieties but the most popular are the delicious Cavendish bananas and the especially sweet Lady Finger.
“To help ripen green bananas, put them in a brown paper bag with a kiwi fruit overnight.”
Since 2003, Kane Younghusband's farm in the Northern Territory has supplied watermelons to Woolworths. The beauty of the farm's location means that Kane is able to supply delicious juicy melons from May to November. This means watermelons are no longer just a summer fruit!
“Mixed with chillies and cucumber, watermelon can be part of a deliciously refreshing salsa.”
Troy Emmerton is continuing a tradition his grandfather began sixty years ago- growing some of Australia's best tasting mandarins. Troy grows a number of varieties, but he believes you can't go past the Imperial mandarin, "Imperials are the best, very juicy, easy to peel and good for school lunches and people on the go".
“You can store mandarins in the fruit bowl, but they're better in your lunchbox.”
Jamie Michael has been supplying Woolworths with strawberries for 3 years. Originally an exporter, he became a grower to improve their quality, and now his farms outside of Perth deliver the freshest and tastiest
“Strawberries are extremely perishable, so enjoy them straight away.”
For over 15 years, the Trandos brothers have been supplying Woolworths with truss tomatoes. Their farm in Wanneroo, WA, has extremely high levels of sunlight, which results in some of the finest quality truss tomatoes Australia has to offer.
“Don't be worried if one of the tomatoes on the truss isn't red. Leave it on the kitchen bench and it will ripen because the vine is full of nutrients.”
Tony Gibb and his brother are third generation farmers who supply Woolworths with crisp and delicious iceberg lettuces from their Peak Crossing farm. Climate is a key factor in producing quality lettuce crops, and Gibb Bros Farm in South East Queensland is perfect for growing superb lettuce.
“When choosing iceberg lettuce look for crisp leaves that are free from discolouration and a lettuce that is heavy for its size – meaning it's fresh and full of water.”
Max Baker of M&J Baker Farms in Tasmania supplies Woolworths with spuds. The Dutch Crème and Kennebec varieties are harvested every day all year round, so we've always got great quality fresh stock.
“Dutch Creme potatoes go gangbusters because they're a yellow-fleshed potato that is great for salads. They hold together well and slice easily.”
Tony and Nick Gibb and their team tend to over 50 acres of broccoli all year round. Their Peak Crossing farm in East Queensland has the perfect climate for growing: cool nights, fresh mornings and warm days.
“When selecting broccoli, look for a dark green head and tightly packed florets – both signs of a top quality broccoli. Store broccoli in a plastic bag in the fridge for 3-4 days.”
Limes accentuate the flavours of a meal while adding their own extra zing.
Look for brightly coloured limes, with glossy skin. They should feel relatively heavy for their size, with no discoloured or wrinkled patches.
Limes can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
2 to 3 tablespoons of lime juice are a great addition to a refreshing salsa when you are serving fish or chicken. Simply combine 1 diced avocado, half a red capsicum, a finely diced red chilli and 3 tablespoons of coriander leaves.
Crunchy-sweet carrots add flavour, texture, moisture and colour to dishes.
Dutch carrots are also known as baby carrots, and are usually a little sweeter than regular carrots. Look for firm, bright carrots with no soft or discoloured patches.
Carrots can be stored in a plastic bag in the crisper section of your fridge for up to 5 days.
For a fresh side dish, drizzle trimmed Dutch carrots with olive oil and runny honey then roast until tender. These are a perfect side to roast meats.
The Brussels Sprout has a delicate, slightly nutty flavour when it is cooked, and is a delicious accompaniment to all kinds of dishes.
Look for firm, brightly-coloured sprouts, with no yellow tinges.
They should have a slightly sweet, fresh smell. Sprouts can be stored in a plastic bag in the crisper section of your fridge for up to 3 days.
For a fresh light meal, finely slice the sprouts. Sauté in olive oil until tender then add diced bacon and cook until crisp. Sprinkle with toasted flaked almonds and serve with fish or chicken.
Butternut pumpkins have a sweet, slightly nutty flavour and are particularly good pureed or made into soup.
When choosing them look for firm, bright, well-coloured pumpkins.
At home, store in a cool, dark and well-ventilated area. However, if the pumpkin is cut, wrap in plastic and store in the fridge.
For a tasty risotto, cut butternut pumpkin into cubes and toss in olive oil, salt and pepper. Place into a roasting dish together with rosemary sprigs and whole garlic cloves, then roast until golden and tender. Stir through a cooked basic risotto, together with grated parmesan cheese, chopped parsley and cooked diced bacon.
From Australia to Africa, Asia to Europe, and New Zealand to the Middle East, our employees come from many different backgrounds.
But what we all have in common is the pride we take in making
sure we provide you with the freshest food, all backed by our
Fresh or Free Guarantee.
In his time, Malcolm's grown lots of things
from bamboo to
grapes to almonds.
He's incredibly proud of the great quality potatoes he produces now and encourages people to eat
them simply and enjoy their
Matt loves working in
He's been harvesting for just over a year, picking a wide range of citrus fruits. Currently he's also trying his hand at growing, with an initial few acres of broccoli. Someday soon we all could be tasting the results.
Harold was into trucks as a kid and is happy to be driving them for a career.
These days though, it's the chance to meet new people that makes the job rewarding, rather than the
sound of the engine.
Jillian's been with us for almost 13 years.
She loves working at Moonee
Ponds because of the chance to connect with customers. Outside
of work, her flock of grandchildren keep her pretty busy and recently she welcomed a great grandchild.
Danny is living proof
that not only do real
men eat quiche, they
can cook it too.
However, when he really wants
to impress, he whips up his wife's favourite, a beef and reef.
Sergio is one of our younger workers.
He is a natural foodie, so really enjoys working in the Woolworths environment. Of all food, it's the exotic cuisine of his family's homeland in Peru that most
Janet was a pioneer as one of our first female butchers when she started in 1995.
These days she takes most enjoyment from passing on her considerable skills
to her apprentices, and the delicious
results to her customers.
Paul's been with Woolworths for 22 years, starting as a night stacker and exploring many
other roles throughout the store.
He believes Woolworths only
stocks produce that is second to none and he's proud to be able to
sell it to our customers.
Jan works at one of our busiest stores in the country, Warringah Mall.
She really enjoys all the different challenges that crop up in her job and she loves dealing with customers. When it comes to food she admits she's a sucker for chocolate muffins and it sounds like her young daughter is too.
Gossling - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
(Official Music Video)
The Making Of - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Music Video
Gossling is the name on the tip of everybody's tongue at the moment. "That voice" you may recognize from recent Triple J hit “Wild Love”, her performance as part of the wedding challenge on Channel 9's The Block, or perhaps from triple platinum, "Boys Like You" on which she guests with 360.
Hailing from country Victoria, Helen Croome developed her musical interests through her family and strong music culture in Albury/Wodonga. After putting her Psychology/Sociology studies on hold to concentrate on a Bachelor of Music (Composition), Croome met the musicians now joining her as Gossling.
Gossling's debut EP "If You Can't Whistle" garnered plenty of attention, with the track "Days Are Over" becoming part of Triple J's staple play list, and "He Knows My Love" being used in the Triple J 'Unearthed' promos. The EP also contains the track "Hazard" which featured in FX television series American Horror Story.
Gossling's next offering, "Until Then" followed on from the success of "If You Can't Whistle", delighting fans of her debut EP and winning new ones along the way. Catchy toe-tapper "I Was Young" once again picked up strong Triple J and community radio support. The video of the same name secured iTunes Music Video of the Week on release.
Gossling's recently released 3rd EP 'Intentional Living' features irresistible first single "Wild Love” which was co-written with Dann Hume (best known for his work in Evermore, and with Lisa Mitchell). It is arguably her most accomplished work to date and has solidified her status as an Australian artist to watch.
The track has remained in the AIR Top 10 since its February release and is included in Channel 10’s hit show Offspring and the Series 3 official sound track.
After a very busy 2011 which included headline shows, tour appearances with Wild Beasts (for their 2011 Splendour side shows) and main support spots nationally with Oh Mercy and Henry Wagons, Gossling wowed the festival circuit delighting crowds at Big Sound, Queenscliff Music Festival, Falls and Southbound. Fast forward to 2012 and Gossling is well and truly ready to step into the spot light. She has already completed a national tour support spot with Adam Cohen, has sold out a national headline tour, joined Josh Pyke for his theatre tour and is currently travelling with 360 on his national run. With a Splendour in the Grass spot locked in for late July, expect plenty more live action from Gossling this year.
Gossling's style is distinctive and sweet; mixing heart felt lyrics with graceful melodies. Prepare to be charmed, heart broken and delighted as Gossling enchants your ears and warms your heart.
"If You Can't Whistle" and "Until Then" and "Intentional Living" available physically & on iTunes now www.gosslingmusic.com
LYRICS – MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday - I love you
January, February into March and April - Same way too
May, June or July - I never let a day go by
Without a kiss for you to remember - Just in case you go away in August or September
In October and November, not to mention warm December - I love you
Though another year has gone I'm ready for the next one too (if I can be with you)
Every single second, every minute, every hour, the whole year through
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday - I love you