From its humble beginnings distributing cakes in Morningside in 1995, Priestley’s Gourmet Delights has now grown into one of Australia’s leading suppliers of sweet and savoury treats, picking up an ecoBiz Star along the way, all whilst upholding their advocacy for environmental sustainability.
For over two decades now, this family-owned business has been an over-achiever, known for supplying cafes with a range of delicious treats, including cheesecakes, slices, muffins, loaves, lamingtons, pavlovas, quiches, and gourmet cakes.
All the products are manufactured in their purpose-built plants in Morningside, and more recently, in Tauranga and Blenheim in New Zealand. Everything for the international and domestic markets is supplied frozen for optimum quality control.
Some of their creations include Choc Berry Tart, a tangy blueberry and creamy baked cheesecake; Mississippi Mud Cake, their version of mud cake; and the Choc and Raspberry Lamingtons.
Beyond creating high-quality and show-stopping treats, they support local businesses by sourcing their ingredients, packaging, and equipment from fellow Australian manufacturers.
Around a decade ago, the business started its journey to sustainability by reducing its carbon emissions by 38 percent and water usage by 31 percent.
Despite increasing the number of cakes they bake, they have also managed to reduce their energy consumption by 6.4 percent since 2016, attributing it all to their effective implementation of energy-saving initiatives.
The business is all about sustainability and has set production initiatives, such as recycling bins introduced in the factory and reducing water consumption, with that in mind. They have also installed solar lighting in their bin area, as well as installed motion sensors in the toilets and locker rooms.
In recognition of their resource efficiency improvements, the Queensland government has given them an ecoBiz star rating, which is being given to businesses with excellent practice measures in places, verified by experts.
Their core value is to consistently improve, not just for their customers, but also for their staff and the planet. Some of their goals include eliminating plastics from packaging by 2022, and using recyclable packaging by 2025.
The Christophersen and Jones families will celebrate 27 years in the business in December 2022.