KITZ LVING FOODS
Kitz is an artisan food company that hand-crafts over 40 varieties of gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, activated and raw snacks for the thoughtful eater. Kitz Living Foods was founded in 2006 in Coolangatta. Working from the family kitchen the first few years, we slowly built up a customer base until in 2011 we moved to a commercial kitchen space. At that time we were stocked by 60 stores nationally and had four casual staff. From this point Kitz grew quickly. Today we are stocked by over 500 stores nationally, and employ 17 staff.
We moved this year to a custom fitted space in South Murwillumbah, NSW comprised of 1100 square meters, which will allows us a tremendous increase in our production capacity.
Our new space will allow us to branch out into new product lines, which our customers have been requesting. Specifically, we hope to release a range of gluten free wraps in the near future, as we now have room for a machine to help form the wraps. As we add new product ranges we expect to employ more staff. This is a labour intensive industry (artisan health foods) and we expect to always have a large staff. Kitz seems to be riding a rising tide of awareness that Australians have about healthy food choices and how they affect health.
We are currently powered exclusively by renewable energy from Origin Energy and our plan is to install a solar power system on our roof in the future. All our packaging is compostable, reducing our ecological footprint even further. We hope to set an example that business can be ecologically responsible and still thrive.