A Kool Journey
Focused on building a direct to market business for TomKat Line Fish, we attended a Fish - X Micro Hack in Brisbane. Following that, we were invited to participate in the Fish - X Accelerator program. Many of the amazing people we met during that time are still a fundamental part of our journey today.
The KoolPak journey really starts with a Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Trade Bursary to visit and meet with leading seafood businesses in London and attend the Brussels Seafood Expo Global. One of our aims was to find an environmentally responsible, thermally efficient alternative to polystyrene fish boxes. We couldn't!
Provisional Patent filed ‘Thermal Insulating Containers’ Application No: 2018902424
Received an AusIndustry Accelerating Commercialisation Grant for further development and commercialisation of the TomKat KoolPak.
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries release official test data illustrating the effective thermal performance of the KoolPak.
We participated in the FRDC Chilled v Frozen program as the supplier of Gold Band Snapper in both filleted frozen and filleted chilled form. We took this opportunity to airfreight our TomKat Line Fish in our further developed KoolPak with excellent results.
As a finalist in the 2019 Seafood Directions - small business award category we had the opportunity to display prototype KoolPaks on our National Distributor Oceanic Agencies stand at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
Fish 2.0 This was a real highlight. Kath pitched in the 3rd and final round of the program at Stanford University. Previously, Kath had pitched the KoolPak project in Melbourne for the first round and Brisbane for the second round. Our Business Value Proposition received a 97% score from the investor panel judges.
PCT Patent Application Published PCT/AU2019/000080 ‘Thermal Insulating Containers’
Trade Mark TOMKAT KOOLPAK Registered. Australia 1 495 656
Designations under the Madrid Protocol: European Union, Japan, New Zealand and the United States of America.
Pat. Pending No: 2020901223 ‘A Container Blank and a Process for Forming a Container’
Airline Approval Test Report No: 8597 Falcon Test Engineers 23.04.2020 for the Transport of “Live, fresh, chilled and frozen product using ice or gel packs for added thermal protection” by Air.
Proposed Use: Transport of Live, Chilled and Frozen Product - Dangerous Goods and Gross Mass no Greater than 25Kg.
We designed and manufactured a prototype drying and storing rack. This rack can hold 60 lids, bases and liners taking up very little space.
We secured an AUD$600 k seed investment round to help us grow and develop the KoolPak Project to provide sustainable, traceable, re-usable packaging for safe transportation of temperature sensitive and perishable products including seafood, agriculture, horticulture, e-Commerce and pharmaceuticals.
Jo from Euro Pumps worked her magic. "It is over a week old & it stinks really bad. I wanted a really bad scenario. The box came our super clean and smelled fresh too. "The inner liner is much stronger than it would appear."
Consignment of fresh frozen portion packs of TomKat Line Fish arrived in Perth in a second use KoolPak. Despite 33 hours in transit, which included an overnight stop over in Brisbane, the fish arrived in pristine condition. Our client reported: "Fillets all frozen, and gel-packs all solid." An excellent result which once again proved the thermal performance of the TomKat KoolPak.
It's going to be an incredible year for the KoolPak, starting with installation of our new R&D/ Pilot Plant machine which will streamline the manufacturing process.
Fresh premium quality Goldband Snapper were sent to Josh Niland at St Peter Restaurant and Fish Butchery Paddington. On receipt, Josh commented, "All went very well. The fish were stunning and no moisture got into the fish at all. The temp was 1 ° C . The packaging looks stunning but above all and what was most exciting to see was the fish still in rigor, very cold and not damaged at all. Success!"