Murray Bros currently has one of the largest supply bases of growers and packing sheds in Australia, covering every major growing district in every state of Australia. We also import products to fill any supply gaps in the domestic growing seasons, in particular, New Zealand kiwi fruit and avocados, making us one of Australia’s leading importers of these products. Our company has one of the largest product ranges available in the marketplace.
Third Party Logistics
Alongside our marketing and trading business, Murray Bros also contracts with growers, packing sheds, brokers, retailers and other customers to assist with their logistics. These contracts for service focus solely on assisting with the logistics of our suppliers or customers in their own trade. Our service is tailor-made to suit each customer’s needs and keep processes as cost-effective as possible. Among other services, we can offer cold storage, quality control, ripening, pre-packing, order assembly and value adding.
Our state-of-the-art packing facility offers the following packing options –
- Wine glass net bag
- Flow wrap punnets
- V Bags / C Bags
- Multiple tray options
- Multiple film wrap options
- Multiple label options
- Bag filling options
Murray Bros was one of the first companies in Australia to trial ripening of avocados and to supply conditioned fruit to Distribution Centres. We ripen avocados for direct supply to our own customers and also for other suppliers to supermarkets.
The success of our ripening program is due to our commitment to continuous review and improvement of processes. The cornerstones of our ripening program are –
- Commitment to meeting customer requirements and to protecting the reputation of Murray Bros as an industry leader in the area of avocado ripening;
- Extensive avocado ripening experience across a team of dedicated ripeners;
- Purpose built facilities for ripening avocados;
- Processes and procedures developed from our extensive experience over multiple seasons, different growing regions, difficult varieties, various growers and farms, and different climate conditions (ie hot v cold; humid v dry).
Import / Export Clearance
Our new multi-purpose facility is also approved and certified to conduct the clearance of both import and export orders, allowing Murray Bros to manage all the needs of its customers (including when shipping produce into or out of Australia).
Cold and Dry Storage
We currently operate 3 warehouses of cold and dry storage, with multiple cold rooms designated at different holding temperatures to suit individual products. We offer storage space for customers on a wide range of products.
Murray Bros is a quality assured company committed to ensuring that the quality of all produce and services supplied meets our customers’ expectations and specifications. To facilitate this we have in place comprehensive 3rd party certified food safety and quality management systems.
We hold certification to the following standards and customer requirements:
- SQF V7.2 level 3 (upgrading to version 8 certification at our next audit in October 2018)
- HARPS (Harmonized Australian Retailer Produce Scheme)
The Murray Bros Ethical Sourcing Policy is based primarily on Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions.
Murray Bros is also a registered member of SEDEX, and actively work with our suppliers to align Ethical Conduct compliance within the Supply Chain.
A key part of Murray Bros being able to meet our customers’ expectations is through having dedicated and experienced staff that possess a thorough understanding of each customer’s products and supply specifications. This, coupled with detailed standardised procedures, work instructions and reporting mechanisms, provide a consistent, accurate and repeatable outcome from our processes.
We are committed to continuous improvement through regular reviews of our quality management and food safety systems and procedures as well as investing in development of our staff through regular training.
Murray Bros extended its multi-purpose facility in 2019 and now houses 2 multi-function fumigation rooms, which can also be used for gas ripening and fast cooling of fresh produce. It also includes a load out area complete with a new hydraulic dock leveller and dock seal airbags. The fumigation facility allows Murray Bros to manage all aspects of the importation of fresh produce, particularly if imported products require fumigation to obtain biosecurity clearance. The fumigation rooms can also be used for movement of produce from Queensland to those States in Australia that require a fumigation protocol.