Oliver’s boosts em­ploy­ment, op­tions

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY SARAH SCULLY

Acom­pany work­ing to change the face of tra­di­tional ‘fast food’ in Aus­tralia will create be­tween 15 and 20 jobs in Hor­sham.

Oliver’s Real Food, the world’s first cer­ti­fied or­ganic fast-food out­let, will open a branch in the for­mer Red Rooster build­ing in Dim­boola Road at 8am to­mor­row.

Hor­sham mayor Pam Clarke, who will be a spe­cial guest at the open­ing, said she wel­comed the new en­deav­our.

“To have a busi­ness come here and create jobs is won­der­ful for Hor­sham,” she said.

“It is great to have an­other al­ter­na­tive for peo­ple, es­pe­cially for peo­ple look­ing for healthy food op­tions. It is also great that Oliver’s has taken over the old Red Rooster build­ing, which has been an eye­sore at one of the en­trances to town for quite some time.”

Red Rooster closed its Hor­sham out­let at 43 Dim­boola Road in March 2012 and the build­ing has been va­cant ever since.

Oliver’s Real Food founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive Ja­son Gunn said the com­pany’s Hor­sham store would be one of 12 in Vic­to­ria.

The busi­ness is rolling out stores on high­ways along Aus­tralia’s east­ern seaboard, tar­get­ing trav­ellers and res­i­dents look­ing for healthy op­tions.

“Peo­ple want a bet­ter choice of food than the un­healthy fast foods cur­rently avail­able,” Mr Gunn said.

“The hunger for quick, healthy takeaway food is in­creas­ing.”

Mr Gunn started Oliver’s Real Food in 2008 af­ter be­com­ing fed-up with try­ing to find healthy al­ter­na­tives to burg­ers and fries dur­ing his daily com­mute.

He said he wanted his busi­ness to change the face of tra­di­tional ‘pit stop’ fast-food out­lets in Aus­tralia and to help com­bat the coun­try’s ris­ing rate of obe­sity.

Mr Gunn said the num­ber of obese peo­ple in Aus­tralia had dou­bled in the past 20 yeas, which had been at­trib­uted to poor eat­ing habits in Aus­tralia, con­sump­tion of too much junk food and an in­creas­ingly seden­tary life­style.

“Oliver’s is a healthy fast-food chain like no other,” Mr Gunn said.

“We of­fer an abun­dance of nu­tri­en­trich food. Wher­ever pos­si­ble we use or­gan­i­cally grown pro­duce, so you feel full of life and en­ergy.

“We of­fer our cus­tomers peace of mind know­ing our food is free of ad­di­tives, preser­va­tives and ar­ti­fi­cial in­gre­di­ents.”

Oliver’s Real Food of­fers a va­ri­ety of op­tions, in­clud­ing sal­ads, sushi, sand­wiches and smooth­ies.

“Or, you can try a serve of Oliver’s steamed beans with Hi­malayan rock salt – the healthy al­ter­na­tive to fries,” Mr Gunn said.

He said Oliver’s sourced its cof­fee from an al­liance of villages in the moun­tains of South Amer­ica, which re­lied on com­pa­nies such as Mr Gunn’s for their liveli­hood.

“Every de­ci­sion we make is based on how much good we are do­ing in the world,” he said.

“We call it ‘feed your good’ and if we all do what we can, the world will soon be­come a much bet­ter and health­ier place.”

Mr Gunn will host a staff wel­come event at 5pm tonight ahead of to­mor­row’s of­fi­cial open­ing.

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