The Mountain Fresh Fruit Juices production facility is nestled amongst the green pastoral hills of Mount Compass, renowned for its ideal farming conditions, rich and fertile soil, and fresh produce.
Visitors to the area can expect to find bounties of blueberries, strawberries, cheese, venison, pheasants, and fresh produce in nearby hamlets that line the meandering country roads.
A fourth-generation juice producer, Mountain Fresh Fruit Juices, was established by the Stadler family in the 1970s. Recognisable by their signature green bottle, they were the first company to introduce tropical fruit juices to the Australian market.
From their beginnings as a local manufacturer, they experienced slow and steady growth over the years, organising exports to South-East Asia, and beyond.
Eventually, Mountain Fresh achieved global notoriety for their fresh juices at trade shows and tastings, becoming known as “the quiet achiever” in their industry.
“Our mandate is to produce pure and premium fresh tropical fruit juices,” says Peter Stadler, the Owner and Operator. “Our motto: ‘quality, not quantity,’ has proven to be the secret to our success over the years.”
The Stadlers have a longstanding relationship with their local BSC branch, who have supported and advised the juice manufacturer on their industrial solutions for more than two decades.
“I’ve known Peter for 25 years,” says Joe Visconte, Account Manager at BSC Londsdale, who has been working for Motion Asia Pacific for more than 40 years. “I visit his site monthly and check on the performance of the bottling conveyors, belts, and gearboxes in his factory. Mountain Fresh uses pristine, state-of-the-art equipment in their facility and they pride themselves on exceptional quality products.”
In more recent years, Joe has recommended and provided the Rocol lubricant solution to Mountain Fresh to assist in extending the life of their equipment.
“In a beverage manufacturing facility where there are a lot of sticky fruit and sugary substances, machinery needs to be able to withstand harsh cleaners and detergents,” explains Joe. “The Rocol range penetrates components, getting into bearings, pins, and chains so they stay lubricated longer. This serves as a corrosion-resistant, protective layer and ultimately leads to cost saving on replacing components. As these products are applied less often, this also saves in additional costs relative to labour and machine downtime,” he highlights.
“Rocol is a global manufacturer that started in the late 1800’s, with local manufacturing based in its head office at Wetherill Park, Sydney NSW, so they have a long history of producing lubricants that have longevity and use premium ingredients,” Joe adds.
Steve Keown, National Product Manager for Lubricants at BSC discusses what the point of difference is with Rocol lubrication products and why he recommends other managers in the Food and Beverage sector make the switch over to their products.
“Food-grade lubricants need to have specific certifications for the application at the manufacturers site,” says Steve. “Rocol Foodlube has certification covered with NSF and HCAPP Australia certifications. That is why their products are used by many major food and beverage suppliers, restaurants, and grocery chains. When a company is seeking a reliable, certified product, Rocol checks every box.”
Steve emphasises, “It is also important to be sure that you have a consistent supply-chain. Some of these operations are running seven days a week and a manager cannot always be on site. Since Rocol products are local, they are always accessible. Managers can sleep at night knowing their operations are running smoothly.”
Steve elaborates on how BSC can assist customers in ensuring they use the right lubricant for the right machine at their production facility.
“We complete a site lubrication audit looking at everything from the lubricants in your gearbox, hydraulic systems, air systems and compressors for packaging,” he says.
“From there, we look for product rationalisation and consolidation opportunities. We look to inventory and label lubricant products to the appropriate machine component, so workers are ensured to use the correct product.” He furthers, “We make sure lubrication products are being stored properly, in good condition and dispensed with the correct equipment to the correct machine.”
Steve concludes, “It’s really a great added value package that many BSC customers like Mountain Fresh Fruit Juices appreciate.”
Mountain Fresh Fruit Juices can be found across Australia at local cafes, coffee shops, kiosks, supermarkets, fuel stations, and mini-marts. Just look for the green bottle.