Pineapple gets Hearty with a Guinness chaser
  • Thursday 14 February 2013

Quality pre-packed meal supplier A&C Hearty Foods has launched its newly established business in the Big Pineapple complex – and in celebration, co-owner, director and chef Alex Fraser-Watson is seeking to enter the Guinness Book of Records.

“I am still checking it out, but I am hoping we can enter the book by creating the world’s largest upside-down pineapple cake,” he said.

“All going well, we will present it here at the Big Pineapple for everyone to come and see – and eat.”

Hearty Foods, which already has a solid name in the Wide Bay region, has relocated from the Fraser Coast to headquarter and expand its successful business into the Sunshine Coast.

“We still have a large client base around Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Bundaberg however the Sunshine Coast is a better place for us to do business,” co-owner and director Chantal Fraser-Watson said.

“Sunshine Coast Council has supported us well in assisting our move and Chantal and I are looking forward to a very good future here.”

Mayor Mark Jamieson said Hearty Foods was just the type of business council is seeking to attract here under its business investment strategy.

“Agri-business and quality food production is high on our list of targeted industries to nurture and expand on the Sunshine Coast and I know Alex, Chantal and their team are going to do wonderful things here,” he said.

While Hearty Foods arrived here late last year, it took a while to find the right location “but we think the Big Pineapple’s approach is great and we’re glad to be here”, Alex said.

The company undertook substantial refurbishing to its premises then got hit by the floods – which also closed off the roads to their existing Wide Bay clients – but it has come through and the team are already producing.

As for the upside-down cake, word back from Guinness is eagerly awaited.

“It takes a while to meet all the criteria but we’re confident we’ll get the green light – then when we cook it we’ll invite the community down to take a look – and take a bite,” Chantal said.