Sandhurst celebrates National Family Business Day

Italian hospitality was at its best when local company Sandhurst Fine Foods recently welcomed government and business representatives to a “Show & Tell” of their Miranda factory and operations.

As part of National Family Business Day celebrations, the event was attended by Hon. John Barilaro, MP, Minister for Small Business, Member  for Miranda, Eleni Petinos MP, as well as members of Shire business chambers and Sydney business owners.  The event was co-ordinated by Family Business Australia.

Guests were treated to Italian foods based on the company’s wide range of antipasto products and given a tour of the factory.

In opening the day, John Barilaro, said that Sandhurst was a fine example of a successful Australian business built on the hard work and knowledge of migrants and immigrants – a contribution that is “sometimes lost” in recent discussions about immigration.

Director, Sales & Marketing, Sandhurst Fine Foods, Mimmo Lubrano detailed the company’s history and was also upfront about the highs and lows of running a business.

“At the heart of all we do is our family’s obsession with quality and our passion to provide authentic products… We also strive to improve people’s lives whether they be employees, suppliers or clients. Their lives have to be made better by dealing with us or we are not doing our job,” Mr Lubrano said.

Mimmo runs the family business today with his brother Ray. Their parents Vincenzo and Geraldine Lubrano started selling Italian wine and foods in a small corner store in the 1950s. They established Sandhurst Fine Foods in 1988 with the idea of bringing international food trends to Australian consumers.

Sandhurst products including antipasto products and olives are now available through major supermarket chains.  Sandhurst are members of the Miranda and Districts Chamber of Commerce.