Damian and Amela Dzuderija have created Meda Deli, an artisan European-inspired beachside deli at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast to champion the zero-waste movement.
The food store aims to establish itself as a leader in high-end Australian and international staples – simultaneously educating customers by selling and using products that are geared towards net-zero.
“Meda Deli is built on the concepts of quality and sustainability,” explains Damian. “Our products are premium and carefully curated to ensure there is limited-to-no wastage.
“We’re also providing sustainable product solutions for our customers when they come in to purchase coffee and food.”
With a daily rotation of grab-and-go breakfast and lunch dishes, Meda Deli offers quality produce and home-cooked food. These dishes include made-to-order gourmet baguettes, coffee, fresh pasta, oils, Italian dips, artisan bread, cold cuts, and more.
Non-food sustainable products on sale include HuskeeCups, a modular reusable coffee cup that repurposes wasted coffee husks, Lydy, a reusable silicone coffee lid and RePlated, a reusable takeaway container.
The Dzuderijas have worked in restaurants and artisan shops all along the east coast for more than 20 years. The pair recognised a gap in the market and are now redefining the deli landscape thanks to their wealth of knowledge gained from experiencing European cultures as well as their passion for artisanal produce and goods.
The interior was created in collaboration with regional designers SpaceCubed Design Studio and features terrazzo floors, warm wood shelving, aqua blue subway tiles, and steel accents that are reminiscent of Mediterranean cuisine and European delicatessens from the 1970s and 1980s.