Fresh fruit delivery companies, such as Fruit Wine, have become a common sight across the country.
Photo: Supplied A number of the major players in the food delivery business have already started operating in Australia under a new contract with the federal government, with delivery service Deliveroo due to start operating in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane next month.
Fresh fruit is an increasingly popular delivery service and is the fastest-growing category in the country, according to the Australian Grocers Association.
It’s also the second largest in Australia after dairy, according a report from the Australian Business Traveller.
Fresh fruits are not a popular option for consumers because of the high cost of transport and storage.
The cheapest way to deliver a fresh fruit order is to send the fruit to a local farm in a plastic bag or small container.
Fruit wine is the cheaper option.
A fresh fruit delivery truck in Sydney.
Photo : Supplied Fresh fruit delivered by a delivery service can cost between $20 and $40 depending on the size of the order.
Fresh Fruit Wine has launched in Sydney and Brisbane, and has been rolling out in other markets in the north-east and south-west of the country in recent months.
In Melbourne, it has opened its first wine bar in the CBD.
Deliveroo is the only Australian delivery service that can deliver to homes.
The company’s founder and chief executive, Andrew Walker, said the business was designed to cater to “the new generation of consumers”.
The fruit wine business has been growing at a rapid rate in recent years, and it has been attracting a younger clientele.
Mr Walker said Fresh Fruit wine had also recently secured a “new partner”, the new firm Vinescape, which is a wine company based in the UK.
Fresh and frozen fruit, particularly mangoes, are considered to be a popular dessert item in Australia, with Mr Walker saying that fresh mangoes were a popular item in many restaurants in Australia.
“We have been inundated with orders, and the customers want us to make sure they get the best fruit wine, the freshest fruit,” Mr Walker told the ABC.
“That’s the challenge for us, because if we make a mistake we will lose customers.”
He said the company was already receiving about 50 per cent of its orders from customers in Sydney’s CBD.
Fresh, frozen and canned fruit can be delivered to the home or to retail stores such as Costco, Homebase and Costco Wholesale.
But the cost of delivery has come into play, with customers opting to have their order shipped directly to the grocery store.
Fresh produce can also be shipped to supermarkets for more expensive prices.
“The problem with fruit is that it’s very hard to find a place that doesn’t have it,” Mr Karp said.
So you have a big problem of the quality of the fruit.” “
And if you order an ordered fresh fruit, the consumer gets it for two months, and then they get a frozen package.
So you have a big problem of the quality of the fruit.”
He added that if there was a large number of orders coming in from a single grocery store, the product would be sent to a single warehouse.
The Fresh and Frozen Fruit Wine website has more than 2,000 reviews.
The business was founded by Mr Walker and his brother, Andrew Karp, in 2004, and is one of the first businesses to offer frozen and fresh fruit deliveries.
Mr Kampers, who runs a fruit wine and fruit juice business in Sydney called Green Grocer, said Fresh and Fresh Fruit wines were popular with the younger generation of Australians.
“I think young people have been looking for fresh fruit wine for a while now,” he said.
Mr Japar, who was not involved in the Fresh and Fruity Wine business, said he had also been inundate with orders from the younger customers.
“It’s a good opportunity for them to go into the market and get a good price, which they will find,” he told the The Australian.
“But I don’t think they will go out and get as much fresh fruit as they would if they had the choice of ordering from Fresh and Free, which was a lot cheaper.”
The Fresh Fruit Vineyard was established in 2009.
Photo by Mark Evans for the ABC Fresh and free fruit wine is available from most grocery stores, including Costco Whole Foods and Homebase, while fresh fruit juice can be purchased online from Amazon.
Fresh wine and fresh juice are also available at some grocery stores in Sydney that carry frozen fruit products, such the Australian Fresh Food Centre.
Fresh Fresh Wine is a popular choice among younger consumers.
Photo courtesy of the Fresh Fresh Vineyard website.
Fresh juice is also available from Amazon and Costco, but it can also take up to two weeks to arrive.
In Sydney, Fresh Fresh Fruit, which Mr Walker founded in 2004 with a partner, is one the biggest players in fresh