Cristina and Martin Talacko founded SalDoce Fine Foods (which means Savoury and Sweet in Portuguese) in Sydney in 2000. Cristina, who was born in Brazil, missed Brazilian foods and its ingredients when she arrived in Australia. She decided to quit her legal career in 1999 and start manufacturing a Brazilian delicacy called Pão de Queijo made with tapioca and cheese. She travelled to Minas Gerais, where Pão de Queijo is originally from, to learn how to manufacture it and to source and transport to Australia the right ingredients and machinery. The cheese breads were a success amongst coeliacs, children and caterers under the Frevos brand.
Today, SalDoce Fine Foods supplies more than 30 products to many supermarket chains and independent retailers around the world catering for allergen sensitive customers, those with diabetes or on reduced sugar diets, vegan and vegetarians, and those who are health conscious.