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Sustainable practices with Gelato Messina

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Sustainable practices with Gelato Messina

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Our friends at Gelato Messina are always doing great things - and not just gelato things but good things for the environment too. 

Read on to hear about what and how they're making our planet better of the environment. 

At Gelato Messina, we’re quite aware of the impact poor sustainability practices can have on the environment so we're changing the way we do things around here, for the better.

For some time now we’ve been talking about the best way to minimise our environmental footprint and make our business more sustainable. We often field enquiries from our customers about the subject - everything from packaging and production, to food wastage and donations. And although it may feel like we are moving a bit slowly sometimes, we have been toiling away in the background and have a few exciting developments to announce. Here’s where we’re at..

Growing their Own - Messina on the Farm

As a company, we are investing in producing our own ingredients here in Australia. We have our own dairy farm in Numurkah, VIC, our own hazelnut farm in Seymour, VIC, and grow our own strawberries in Dural, NSW. ‍ In 2017 we invested in the dairy farm so we could supply our own milk for our gelato. Our 400+ herd of pasture fed jersey cows produce a beautifully creamy milk which we use in all our gelato. It's pasteurised on the farm, and sent to Sydney to be turned into gelato. We run the farms using sustainable and organic practices although we are not certified so. ‍ In a few years time we hope to harvest enough of our own hazelnuts to make our own paste. We currently import hazelnuts from Cortemilia, Italy, so by growing our own we aim to reduce our transport carbon footprint.

Gelato and Food Wastage

As a company we have very little wastage. In the event we have a flavour which doesn’t sell too well we often give away to our charity partners such as OzHarvest. If we’ve baked too much of something, we can create new flavours or use it at special events. There’s always somewhere we can use it.

Besides which we have large -20 degree freezers which means we can freeze and store anything unused until we’re ready to use it. As a company, we are always on the hunt for the best quality produce, which does sometimes mean importing ingredients from overseas.

You can now bring back your used Styrofoam Tubs

Styrofoam Tubs We’ve been looking for a recyclable solution for years and finally we have one. You can now bring back your (clean) Styrofoam tubs to stores for recycling.

Here’s how: Eat your gelato, wash the tub and return it your local store on your next visit

The clean containers returned to us are 100% recycled, crushed and reused in a number of building products, these vary from 30% up to 100% recycled material depending upon use.

Our supplier can also recycle the material via extrusion to General Purpose Polystyrene (GPPS) which is used in injection moulding to form shape moulded products such as refrigerator trays and boxes, toys and novelties, cosmetic packs, costume jewellery, light diffusers, etc.


Eating Gelato never felt so right and just. 
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