MMA Board and Management visit growers and retailers in Shepparton
The MMA Board and management team recently travelled to Shepparton to visit a number of businesses in the local area.
The trip is part of the MMA’s commitment to continue to obtain a better understanding of the needs of our customer base and the challenges facing the industry.
The board visited Fruitworks, commonly known as the ‘Shepparton Market’, Barolli Orchards and La Manna Premier Group’s Lancaster Farm.
- Fruitworks has been in operation for over 20 years as a greengrocer and the business also operates as a providore for the local food service industry. They have recently expanded the business to offer other product lines, transitioning into a gourmet food store, which includes a juice bar and delicatessen.
- Barolli Orchards are growing a new variety of apple not seen in Australia called the Red Moon apple. It has crimson skin and red-coloured flesh. Barolli Orchards will be one of only five distributors across the world, and the only grower in Australasia of the Red Moon apple. Barolli Orchards supply Bresha and Piccolo at the Melbourne Market.
- La Manna Premier Group’s Lancaster Farm is Australia’s first hydroponic gourmet farm featuring a retractable roof. This environmentally sustainable growing facility minimises water and power usage while increasing yields, quality and consistency.
The three businesses visited represented different sections of the supply chain, and were different in size and scale, but all were innovating in their own way to adapt to a changing environment.
The board are keen to do more external site visits, if you are interested in hosting the MMA Board for a tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.