Last night Maxum Foods were placed 35th in the 2018 Smart50 list of growing SMEs in Australia. The Smart50 list is published by SmartCompany and ranks Australia’s 50 fastest-growing SMEs in the 2017-18 financial year by their average annual revenue growth over the past three years. Maxum Foods proudly boasted one of the highest revenues in this year’s Smart50. CEO of Maxum Foods, Ben Woodhouse said “to be placed in the Smart50 list is such an outstanding result for us. This is the second award we’ve received this year recognising our company’s growth within the Australian market. I couldn’t be prouder of the Maxum Foods team and it’s a great way to finish 2018.” In October of this year, Maxum Foods was also named ‘Business Services’ Growth Company of the Year at the ‘Australian Growth Company Awards’, once again being recognised for their high rates of growth. Here’s exactly why Maxum Foods have received two well-respected growth awards this year — in 2003, Maxum Foods had 2 employees servicing 5 customers (Australia only) and sold 600 tonnes of dairy per year with a total revenue of $2.7 million recorded. Maxum Foods now boast 38 employees servicing almost 1000 customers across the globe, selling 35,000 tonnes of dairy per year and recorded a total revenue of $150 million for 2018. So, what is the secret to achieving this level of growth over such as short period of time? Ben Woodhouse explains. “We’ll it’s simple, essentially we are a convenient one-stop-shop for everything dairy, we deliver what our customers want, when they want it. We exist to make the life of a dairy buyer as easy as possible. Plus, we take our level of customer service one step further by providing technical support to help our customers use the most functional and cost-effective dairy ingredients for their processing applications.” “As we have grown over the past 15 years, we have intentionally kept our business management structure flat and fit for purpose. This enables our company to remain dynamic and flexible so that we can adapt quickly to our customers’ needs and the ever-changing industry in which we operate.” “Finally, it goes without saying that having a strong, unified company culture pays dividends. Our company culture is what has shaped our brand identity and firmly positioned ourselves in the market. Within Maxum Foods we have a fun-loving culture which also focusses on living a healthy lifestyle. Afterall, to produce our best we must be healthy. We provide every opportunity and encourage all our staff to be physically active, fit and healthy. This fun-loving culture transpires into the customer service we provide. We have a well-known reputation in our industry for being easy and fun to work with, the result being we now have several long-term happy customers” said Mr Woodhouse.