The Benefits of using sauce in your foodservice kitchen

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All chefs learn about the importance of sauces in a foodservice kitchen during their training. They also learn how to make different sauces, and what sauces go best with which foods. But it’s always worth refreshing the memory of the benefits of using sauce to enhance food. Sauces have many benefits including adding flavour, adding […]

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Why is vegetable oil so popular in foodservice kitchens?

Cooking oil is a staple in every Australian foodservice kitchen. Most commercial kitchens will use a variety of oils depending on the type of food being prepared. Vegetable oil is popular because it is inexpensive, has no distinctive flavour so it won’t alter the dish, and can be used for a variety of foods. In […]

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Why we reformulated our hot chilli sauce?


At Steric, we’ve reformulated our Sunshine Hot Chilli sauce after listening to feedback from the foodservice market. Our customers, particularly those who own and operate kebab shops in Australia told us our Hot Chilli sauce needed some tweaks including halal certification to be included on their order list. As well as the halal certification, we […]

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Why it is important to keep food manufacturing in Australia

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Australia’s food industry is integral to our economy and the prosperity of our people. The sector accounts for around 20 per cent of domestic manufacturing sales and service income and enjoys a reputation both domestically and internationally as a modern, safe, reliable and sustainable producer of food. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of food […]

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Meet Steric’s product development team

Steric’s Product Development Manager, Clara Ong is part of a four-person product development team that has many years of experience creating and modifying products. The team not only develops Steric’s own products under the Sunshine, Plate & Platter and Staminade brands but also creates private label products for supermarket and commercial customers. Clara joined the […]

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Why hot chocolate is the ideal winter drink

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Hot chocolate is consumed around the world in diverse ways but no matter how you enjoy it, it’s a great winter warmer. In Australia, it’s popular in cafés around the country as an alternative to drinking coffee or tea, and great for younger people who want to limit caffeine but still experience a café style […]

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Staminade and the Australian sports drink market

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Staminade pioneered the Australian sports drink market with the first commercially manufactured and marketed sports drink in Australia. The product appeared on retail shelves in the late 1970s, launched with an advertising campaign fronted by tennis icon John Newcombe. Since those early days, two huge brands have dominated the Australian sports drink market after launching […]

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Australian-owned Steric headed up by second-generation Richard Brownie

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Steric’s Managing Director Richard Brownie is the son of founder William (Bill) Brownie, who is focused on continuing the foundation work of his father who is now retired but an active member of the Steric Board. The Steric business was founded in 1964 by Graham Steel and Brian Rich, who named the company by combining […]

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The difference between tomato ketchup and tomato sauce


In the Australian market there are two key differences between tomato ketchup and tomato sauce – the flavour and the thickness. In other countries the same product may be called something else but for Australia, ketchup is sweeter and thicker than traditional Australian tomato sauce which is more sour and more runny. Therefore, each of […]

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Australia Day and the tomato sauce tradition

Around this time every year, we reflect on our Aussie cuisine and how it’s played a role in the development of our nation. An Australia Day barbecue is the ideal time to put one of the most iconic Australian condiments front and centre with everyone’s favourite – tomato sauce. The name tomato sauce means different […]

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The many uses of lemon and lime juice in your foodservice kitchen

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Citrus juices like lemon and lime juice have many uses in a foodservice kitchen in a wide range of…

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Trends driving change in the Australian foodservice industry


The Australian food industry is constantly evolving with many factors influencing how we eat, including…

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Australian made cornflour should be a staple in all foodservice kitchens


One of the most unsung heroes in a foodservice kitchen is the humble cornflour which is…

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Creating a signature sauce for your business – Steric

To help your business stand out from the crowd you should consider signature sauces for…

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Tracing the adventurous history of mayonnaise

One of our most popular foodservice products is our Plate & Platter Mayonnaise..

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Australian food manufacturing is alive and well – Steric

At Steric, we’re proud to be an Australian manufacturer. Overall, the Australian manufacturing …

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A community of food innovators and food lovers – Steric

They say that if you love what you do then you’ll never work a day in your life.

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Introducing the new Steric website

It’s a new and exciting year for Steric as we unveil our revamped company website.

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