Leading Tasmanian vegetable grower Harvest Moon has been named Exporter of the Year at the Hort Connections 2019 National Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner in Melbourne.
The Exporter of the Year recognises an individual or business who is committed to exporting and actively contributes to activities to assist the vegetable industry to increase its exports.
“Harvest Moon is a Tasmanian success story,” says AUSVEG CEO James Whiteside.
“The business has grown significantly and now supplies over 90,000 tonnes of vegetables annually.
“Harvest Moon is a successful exporter, and its brand of carrots, broccoli, celery and leeks are well-known in major supermarkets in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan.”
As one of the first exporters in Tasmania, Mr Whiteside said Harvest Moon provides consistent supply to its international customers.
Also, it continues to support the vegetable industry’s Export Program and Taste Australia initiatives.
Ambitious vegetable export target
“The vegetable industry has increased its focus on boosting the value and volume of vegetable exports and is well on its way to reach the ambitious target of AUD$315 million in fresh vegetable exports by 2020 as outlined by the industry’s export strategy,” Mr Whiteside said.
“Harvest Moon is a prime example of the success a business can achieve when it embraces the opportunities that are available in export markets.
“Harvest Moon is a deserving recipient of this award.”
The Hort Connections 2019 National Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner honoured growers and other members of the Australian horticulture industry for their outstanding achievements.
The awards were a highlight of Hort Connections 2019, the premier event in Australian horticulture. About 3,500 local and international delegates attended the three-day event, which featured a trade show with some 200 local and global supply chain partners.
Award winners included:
- Jason Shields, Vic – Syngenta Grower of the Year
- Daniel Hoffmann, SA – Corteva Agriscience Young Grower of the Year
- Ian Muir, Vic – AUSVEG Lifetime Achievement Award
- Foodbank Australia – E. E. Muir & Sons Community Stewardship Award
- Mark Pye, SA – Innovation Partner
- Dr Cherie Gambley, Qld – Bayer Researcher of the Year
- Carmel Ingram, Vic – Boomaroo Nurseries Women in Horticulture Award
- Michael Evans, Vic – Butler Market Gardens Environmental Award
- Darren and Mark Schreurs, Vic – Visy Industry Impact Award
- Harvest Moon, Tas – Exporter of the Year