Trade show willtake some lickin
A CHOCOLATE wheel with a difference was a hit of the Coffs Provedores Open Day, trade show and official opening this week. One of the owners of Coffs Provedores, Michael Rowles, said the stainless steel machine, which circulated chocolate, was especially popular with the women who attended the open day, as they sampled strawberries dipped in luscious Belgian chocolate. Mr Rowles, who was still recovering yesterday after Monday's big event, said more than 350 customers had browsed and munched their way through an afternoon which saw free samples of products from more than 40 suppliers. Invited guests sampled everything from sun-dried tomatoes, barbecued steak and marinated ducks to Lavazza coffee made from freshly-ground coffee beans, ice-cream, soft drinks, fruit juices and cakes. The Federal member of Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, officially opened the new state of the art Coffs Provedores facility at 42-46 Hi?Tech Drive, which the company says are the largest and most modern between Newcastle and the Gold Coast. With loading docks, anterooms, chiller and freezer rooms, the facility also allows for further growth of the wholesale food distribution firm. Locally owned and operated by the Walker and Rowles families, Coffs Provedores has grown from four staff members in 1995 to 32 full-time staff today.