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About Us

We have always believed in doing things differently! Some call us innovation pioneers, but we just like challenging the status quo… And we just happen to make great tasting beverages at the same time!

We’ve been doing this longer than most. In fact, we’ve been doing this longer than anyone in Australia, because we were the first group to launch Nespresso compatible pods back in 2012! From these humble beginnings starting off as a team of one, we soon became one of Australia’s fastest growing companies and are now proud to employ over 20 staff.

It’s not often you’ll hear this, but we offer the world’s first – yes you heard right – world’s first, multi-beverage range of pods… A variety of coffees, 5 flavours of chocolate, iced coffee and even a range of sugar-free Poddies for kids.

We’ve developed these pods to suit the Australian market. Our pods have been especially created with high intensity coffees and chocolates being specifically designed to cut through milk for the ultimate full flavour taste.

Toby Strong from PODiSTA talks with Kochie's Business Builders

 

Meet the team

 


Toby Strong
Co-Founder and Managing Director
(second from right)

Co-Founder and entrepreneur, Toby was the first person in Australia to launch Nespresso compatible pods. Now known by many as the “Podfather”, Toby started in business at preschool selling origami to his family friends when they visited. Toby has always been an innovator, challenging tradition and questioning everything around him. Never content with what’s happening now, he’s always thinking way ahead in multiple directions, treating business like a game of chess. A self-confessed workaholic he’s got a brain that never slows down, with the help of his own pods of course.

David Keelan
Co-Founder and Operations Technical Manager
(far left)

If Toby is Ying then David is Yang, often bringing Toby’s grand plans crashing down with a stern reality check. With 35 years of engineering experience, and the last 20 years involved in food manufacturing, if you catch him on a good day he’ll share his wealth of knowledge with you. Catch him on a bad day and you might see some sign language (you know what we mean!).

Michael Mittiga
Account Manager
(far right)

For everything and anything Express Pods related, Michael is the man to see. Whether you’re one of our valued customers (past, present or future), wholesaler, distributor, importer or exporter, located in Australia or around the world; Michael's your man. So if it's trouble placing your online order, wanting to stock Express Pods in your local store or wishing to import Express Pods into your country to distribute, it all starts here.

Sven Bengtsson
Production Manager
(middle)

Sven is our resident coffee whiz which led to his ingenious nickname - “The Wizard of Pods”. His awesome wizardry comes from years of experience in the coffee industry including roasting, barista training, and machine servicing as his specialty spells. The Wizard also grew up on a coffee plantation in the Zimbabwean highlands so it’s safe to say that he has coffee in his blood.

Sue Middleton
Quality Assurance Manager
(second from left)

Sue is our Paper Nazi when it comes to food standards and production processing. She dots all the I’s, crosses all the T’s, believing in the transparent communication of food safety standards. Highly qualified with over 25 years experience in the food industry, no product moves forward without the expert scrutiny of Sue’s eagle eyes.
More importantly, we can’t forget, the great team of people who work side-by-side these four to ensure there is truly pleasure in every pod.