Our Story

We are proud to be 100% Australian family owned, with our roots tracing back six generations.

WHO WE ARE

FTA Food Solutions is a major supply-chain solutions based importer and distributor of food products for the Australian, New Zealand and export markets. We manage the entire supply chain to ensure the right product is delivered at the right time, every time. Beginning in 1994 and based in Altona Victoria, FTA was originally set up to supply wholesalers and smaller manufacturers with dried fruit & nuts, pulses and seeds.

From those humble beginnings, we have quickly transformed into a multinational importer, distributor and exporter, servicing over 1000 Customers with over 1300 product SKUs. Despite our size and national reach, we remain 100% family owned as members of the HSK Ward Group, with our roots tracing back six generations, or nearly 170 years in Australia.

OUR SERVICE

We go beyond providing Customer service; we commit to partnering with our Customers. With our strengths in sourcing and moving product, we strive to understand your unique business needs, so we can then bundle a tailored solution for your peace of mind. Thanks to our people and systems, we can deliver to all types of customers, however big or small and under any storage condition. We proudly serve the following markets:

Food & Beverage Manufacturing – Human Health & Wellbeing – Animal Nutrition – Re-packers – Food Service – Wholesale – QSR – Retail – Export

Our innovation hub and insight-led team also means we can deliver new and on-trend products for your business.

Click here to learn more about why partnering with FTA will set your business up for success!

OUR COMMITTMENT

Here at FTA, our goal is simple; to be the Australian Food Industry’s preferred supplier of quality food ingredients. We do this by supporting the people that make this happen every day. From our suppliers, Customers and our employees, we have forged long-term working relationships, some of which span decades.

Family owned for six generations.

We remain 100% family owned as members of the HSK Ward Group, with our roots tracing back six generations, or nearly 170 years in Australia. Learn more about our rich history below.

1852

William & Frances Ward

Arrived in Melbourne & established a grain store on King Street

1863

Harold Seymour Kellam Ward

(HSK) is born in 1863. His legacy continues to this very day.

1880

Development and expansion

HSK Ward develops and expands the grain store into chaff, oats, potatoes and other essentials

1890

Marriage

HSK marries Ada and moves the premises to Flinders Lane

1910

New Beginnings

HSK Ward's business outgrows its premises, so he acquires a larger building on Spencer Street. By 1921, HSK restructures and officially forms HSK WARD Pty Ltd

1925

HSK retires

HSK retires and his three sons join the business

1967

New Purchase

HSK purchase J.F. McKenzie's, which has evolved into one of Australia's most iconic and trusted brands, McKenzie's Foods

1977

Move to Altona

Moved premises to Altona in Melbourne, VIC where we still operate today

1994

FTA is born

FTA commences trading, servicing customers in the B2B sector and bringing to life trusted foodservice and industrial brands like John Bull, Selesta & Silver Star

2020

HSK Ward Group Pty Ltd

The HSK Ward Group Identity is officially formed, with a united vision of 'Nourishing Communities'. As a group, we are passionate about sourcing the best quality food and beverage solutions, building valuable connections with our Customers and suppliers and using technology to transform what we do every day

1852

William & Frances Ward

Arrived in Melbourne & established a grain store on King Street

1863

Harold Seymour Kellam Ward

(HSK) is born in 1863. His legacy continues to this very day.

1880

Development and expansion

HSK Ward develops and expands the grain store into chaff, oats, potatoes and other essentials

1890

Marriage

HSK marries Ada and moves the premises to Flinders Lane

1910

New Beginnings

HSK Ward's business outgrows its premises, so he acquires a larger building on Spencer Street. By 1921, HSK restructures and officially forms HSK WARD Pty Ltd

1925

HSK retires

HSK retires and his three sons join the business

1967

New Purchase

HSK purchase J.F. McKenzie's, which has evolved into one of Australia's most iconic and trusted brands, McKenzie's Foods

1977

Move to Altona

Moved premises to Altona in Melbourne, VIC where we still operate today

1994

FTA is born

FTA commences trading, servicing customers in the B2B sector and bringing to life trusted foodservice and industrial brands like John Bull, Selesta & Silver Star

2020

HSK Ward Group Pty Ltd

The HSK Ward Group Identity is officially formed, with a united vision of 'Nourishing Communities'. As a group, we are passionate about sourcing the best quality food and beverage solutions, building valuable connections with our Customers and suppliers and using technology to transform what we do every day

Our brands

FTA carries many brands under its extensive product range. Chances are you have
already used or seen some of these brands in commercial kitchens and
manufacturing plants around the country.