Fresh is best, and shoppers can’t get enough
TRADING and weather conditions have been perfect for at least one Clarence Valley small business which sold out of everything.
Co-owner of Causley Fresh Jess Causley has outlets in Maclean and Yamba and online and supplies to other small businesses.
"We have been in business for 14 years and this is the first time we have sold out of all fruit and vegetables," Mrs Causley said.
"I think it's because the weather has been so warm and people eat more fruit and vegies.
"I thought it would have quietened down last weekend but it didn't - we have been so much busier than we thought we would be."
The last time Causley Fresh got supplies was on New Year's Eve, but as the holiday period came to a close at the weekend, the shelves were left bare.
"My husband had to dash up to Brisbane on Saturday night where our agents had to open up the Brisbane markets especially for us," Mrs Causley said.
"Our clients include Lord Howe Island and businesses in the main centres of Yamba, Maclean, Grafton and Iluka. This year our customers have been more willing to part with their money and buy quality produce, and lots of it."
Causley Fresh is looking at opening a shop in Grafton Mall in 2015 and isn't intimidated by Coles being their neighbour.
"Because we are small business we can offer greater flexibility with our prices, where Coles have already locked in theirs a few months earlier," she said.
"We can buy what is the best value, which is why we can be cheaper than Coles".
The latest statistics show the Clarence Valley has around 3946 registered businesses, with agriculture, forestry and fishing the largest industry in terms of business numbers.