As the second generation we’re proud to have worked beside Mum and Dad, been taught their values and be entrusted to build upon their legacy. We turn up every day to continue their incredible work looking after our trees, our products, our team, our community, our customers and the planet. And caring for the next generation (our kids), who are now working beside us in the family business, just as we did, and just as we hope their kids will and the many more generations to come.
Macadamias Australia respectfully acknowledges the Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, Bailai and Bunda People as the traditional owners of the land upon which Macadamias Australia stands.
Macadamias Australia is a division of the Steinhardt Group which was founded in 1958 by Ron and Marion Steinhardt, the first generation of our family to cultivate and care for what was then a small patch of land here in beautiful Bundaberg.
Today our family’s second and third generations, Ron and Marion’s children and grandchildren, continue to run the family business.
Our family business has come a long way from that single unimproved parcel of land that Ron and Marion nurtured to grow peanuts, corn, sugar cane and a variety of vegetables.
In 1980, under the name Steinhardt Family Farms, they moved into large scale production of tomatoes and zucchinis and began supplying major supermarket chains throughout Australia and New Zealand. In 2004, we planted macadamias and today we maintain more than 200,000 trees and harvest about 2000 tonnes of nut-in-shell each year. In 2020 construction was completed for a state-of-the-art macadamia cracking and value add processing plant incorporating a tourism centre and café. As a result, Macadamia Australia is the largest family owned vertically integrated macadamia business in the world.
Packed full of flavour and endless health benefits, our wide variety of nut products are enjoyed in homes around the globe and used by some of the world’s largest food companies. After more than 60 years caring for the land and successfully growing, processing and value-adding nuts, we’re incredibly proud that the Steinhardt family values and quality products are held in equally high regard and that we’re acknowledged as an innovative industry leader.
A deep commitment to family and the land is the legacy our parents handed down to us, in essence, to be true custodians.
To help pay for their first parcel of farm land to be cleared, Dad continued his arduous work at the sawmill in nearby Maryborough. With family help, they planted peanuts and lived in a small shed awning, with three walls and an open front. Dad had an old wood stove to keep warm and cook food, and slept on a mattress made from corn stalks.
Since our humble beginnings in November of 1958, our family business has endured some tough times, exciting diversification and plenty of good times. Our family business continues to grow into something our parents could not have ever dreamt possible for themselves. Through it all, one thing has remained constant – the bonds of family, and the support of those friends and employees who have made the journey with us.
Our dear mum Marion always said “A family that prays together stays together”.
That is certainly true of us Steinhardts. Our second and third generation family work side by side on the family farm – parents and children together, just as it’s always been. Together we ensure that the values our parents instilled in us remain at the heart of every business decision we make.
Our vision is to build a sustainable future for all.
Together we look forward to carrying on the Steinhardt family values of caring and conscious farming and sharing our sustainably grown premium, single origin macadamias with locals, guests and customers all around the world. As our dear dad Ron so eloquently wrote: “…it all starts with what Marion would say: have an attitude of gratitude! Each day of our lives we took every opportunity to consolidate, be thankful, to plan and not be frightened of getting our hands dirty. Have a thankful heart, life is not meant to be easy but we must acknowledge how blessed we are to have been born to good parents and have such a wonderful extended family of children, in-laws, grandchildren and friends.” – Ron Steinhardt, A Journey Through Life (2014 memoir).
Meet the Farmer
It is becoming increasingly important for consumers to know where their food is coming from – not just where it is grown, but also how and by whom. At Macadamias Australia we pride ourselves on being a ‘hands on’ family, directly involved in all aspects of our farm and business.
At every stage of the journey, there is a member of our family lovingly guiding our macadamias through the supply chain, from seed to tree, to table. Director Kevin Steinhardt, the youngest son of founders Ron and Marion, nurtures 60,000 seedlings in our nursery and oversees farm production across our 2,000 acre orchard. Kevin, and his son Josh, have a solid understanding of soil nutrition and biology, working with nature and using our own compost mix to retain moisture and produce the highest quality macadamias. With the assistance of our dedicated farm team, Kevin and Josh pride themselves on consistently producing healthy, high yielding crops. Kevin’s wife, Lisa joined the business in 2004 to head the laboratory. Lisa conducts the quality testing of our macadamia nuts, which ensures full traceability back to each harvested block.
Director Trevor Steinhardt, the eldest son of Ron and Marion, manages our nut in shell post-harvest, from cracking to drying to value adding and overall branding. With a passion for engineering, Trevor has drawn on his years of farming and local knowledge to design much of our innovative manufacturing process which has been fabricated and built by his eldest son Ben. Trevor’s role also involves marketing the kernel for both the domestic and export retail, and wholesale trade.
Jason Steinhardt, one of Trevor’s three sons, liaises with distributors and retail stockists to expand our local sales network to enable our premium single origin macadamia products to be enjoyed in homes across Australia. Jason’s older brother, Michael, coordinates the receivals and dispatches across our busy warehouse floor.
Visitors to our Goodwood Road Macadamia Visitor Experience in Bundaberg are greeted by Sophie Steinhardt, the daughter of Kevin and Lisa. Sophie is our Front Office Administrator. Friendly and knowledgeable, Sophie is a keen tour guide for farm guests and enjoys providing tastings of our delicious nutty treats. Janelle Gerry, the daughter and youngest child of Ron and Marion, is dedicated to uniting the Steinhardt family with a common purpose, a shared vision and retaining the strong family values passed on by our parents and founders. Janelle supports the establishment of the family and business governance framework, to develop the next generation of Steinhardt business leaders. As Director of Corporate Services, Janelle oversees finance, legal, human resources and compliance and is passionate about community and industry.
Janelle’s husband, Andrew, and their son, Luke, manage FarmFresh Fine Foods, a vegetable processing plant. Their daughter, Rachel, works closely with Janelle in her role as Strategic Business Development Manager, and completes this remarkable line of second and third-generation family members working together to continue Ron and Marion’s legacy.
Bundaberg, in Queensland’s Wide Bay Burnett region, has long been regarded as one of the country’s premiere food bowls. About 70 per cent of land in the region is occupied by agriculture, providing a beautiful patchwork quilt-like view from the air. Our home region produces 30 different fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices, and is responsible for 25% of Australia’s fresh produce. Culinary delights are grown, caught, brewed and distilled in Bundaberg year-round.
Bundaberg, at the southernmost gateway to the Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s highest producing macadamia region, and for good reason. Flat topography, fertile soil, subtropical climate and reliable water supply allow for long rows on macadamia farms. In 2020, more than 80 percent of macadamias came from Bundaberg and the Northern Rivers region.
Bundaberg’s average annual rainfall is 1026.7mm; 60 per cent of which falls between December and March. On average, the minimum temperature is 10.3°C and the maximum temperature is 30.4°C.
We’re forever grateful that our farms have a reliable water supply.
Like us, many local macadamia farmers started out growing other crops before expanding into tree nuts. Growers have brought considerable and diverse experience into the macadamia industry and our shared experiences lead to research, development, innovation and improved sustainability in local farming practices for us all.
Health & Nutrition
Crunchy, creamy and delicious; macadamia nuts are also incredibly healthy. Studies have shown that including low GI (glycemic index) nuts like macadamias in a healthy kilojoule-controlled eating plan, combined with regular moderate exercise, can actually help with weight loss by curbing your appetite.
Nuts contain good unsaturated fats and don’t increase blood glucose and insulin levels that cause hunger. The macadamia is one of very few plants to include Omega 7, a monounsaturated fatty acid. These healthy oils, combined with fibre and small amounts of plant sterols, help maintain good cholesterol levels, healthy blood vessels and optimal blood supply throughout the whole body, including the brain.
They also contain Omega 3 – an essential fatty acid with a wide range of health benefits, including lowering your risk of cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, and migraine headaches.
High in Antioxidants
Macadamias have the Heart Foundation’s (Australia) coveted Tick of Approval. Antioxidants are part of your body’s natural defence system and they work by de-activating potentially harmful substances, called free radicals, that damage cells and are thought to contribute to the development of chronic disease.
Macadamia nuts are also an easy solution to boosting your digestive health and keeping you regular. Macadamias contain about 2g of fibre per 30g serve, which is similar to a slice of wholemeal bread.
Vitamins and Minerals
Macadamias like other plant foods contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Just a handful (30g) of raw, unsalted macadamias (15 whole or 30 halves) provides you with:
8% of your daily thiamine (vitamin B1), an important vitamin for releasing the energy from food, and necessary for normal functioning of the heart and nervous system.
31% of your daily manganese, a trace element important for antioxidant defences, bone health and normal metabolism.
9% of your daily magnesium for electrolyte balance, nerve and muscle function and bone strength.
4.5% of your daily iron for healthy blood and energy levels
12% of your daily niacin for a healthy nervous system, releasing energy from food and good skin structure and function
12% of your daily copper for antioxidant protection, immune system function and healthy- looking skin and hair.
22.2 grams fat total
60mg of Omega 3 as ALA
1.4 grams carbohydrates
1.9 grams of dietary fibre
Macadamias are packed with essential nutrients – you can read more in the table below.
Enjoy macadamias, knowing that every handful is doing you good!