About Us


AFI supplies innovative chefs, caterers and home cooks with uniquely Australian wild food ingredients to make appealing menus and great dishes easy. Recipes, menu ideas and high quality ingredients are all to be found on this site.

We also focus on the health-giving properties of Australian wild foods and can help you look younger, feel better and age more slowly with LIFE (Lyophilized Indigenous Food Essentials)™. We also have other support products based on traditional Aboriginal bush medicines.

And to address food safety, food waste reduction and product shelf life extension AFI has Herbal-Active® in bulk packs and Herbal-Active® Natural Food Rinse (ready to mix to the 1% working solution) as natural alternatives to synthetic chemicals. We supply a wide range of companies and consumers who use our natural antimicrobial in food products, as functional flavours, in non-sugar sweeteners, for sanitizing ingredients, produce and packaging, for shelf life enhancement in skin care and cosmetic products, pet care products and on and on.

So who is Vic Cherikoff besides the MD of Australian Functional Ingredients?

AFI supplies innovative chefs, caterers and home cooks with uniquely Australian wild food ingredients to make appealing menus and great dishes easy. Recipes, menu ideas and high quality ingredients are all to be found on this site.

We also focus on the health-giving properties of Australian wild foods and can help you look younger, feel better and age more slowly with LIFE (Lyophilized Indigenous Food Essentials)™. We also have other support products based on traditional Aboriginal bush medicines.

And to address food safety, food waste reduction and product shelf life extension AFI has Herbal-Active® and Fresher4Longer Natural Food Rinse™ as natural alternatives to synthetic chemicals. We supply a wide range of companies and consumers who use our natural antimicrobial in food products and as functional flavours, in non-sugar sweeteners, for sanitizing ingredients, produce and packaging, for shelf life enhancement in skin care and cosmetic products, pet care products and on and on.

But where did it all begin?

It may have historically been traditional Aboriginal bush tucker or bushfood but in these modern times the ingredients selected as commercial have morphed into the quintessential elements of an Australian cuisine. Cherikoff Rare Spices and the authentic Australian ingredients in which we specialize, leads the market in our quality, range, volumes and innovation of ingredients and professionalism of service.