The large Australian owned and operated horticultural business, Mulgowie Farms which specialises in the growing, packing, marketing and distribution of fresh vegetables for domestic and export markets has won the top sustainability accolade at the Woolworths Annual Supplier Awards.
In an extra nod to the company, Mulgowie were also awarded Woolworth's Fruit and Veg Supplier of the Year.
A representative for Woolworths said the farming company had shown a high level of commitment to customers and collaborative approach to managing through both short and long-term challenges.
"Their focus and drive towards highly sustainable farming practices complements their customer first view. Congratulations to Mulgowie," Woolworths said.
The awards ceremony, held in Sydney yesterday, saw Mulgowie Farming Company announced as the Sustainable Supplier of the Year from a strong field of finalists and a diverse range of industries.
The sustainable supplier award was open to all Woolworths' suppliers across every category from fresh produce, meat, seafood, dairy, eggs, health and beauty, pantry, frozen and more.
Melanie Chambers, Mulgowie's CEO, said to be recognised ahead of thousands of Australian and multinational companies was a phenomenal achievement that they were very proud of.
"This is a massive win for our whole team and recognition of the great efforts the Mulgowie team go to while sustainably delivering consistent supply of quality, fresh and nutritious vegetables," she said.
Woolworths were particularly impressed with Mulgowie's environmental initiatives and success in:
It has been a stellar end of 2021 for the Mulgowie farmers, who two weeks ago found out that they had been successful in winning a federal government modern manufacturing initiative grant, which aims to create jobs while also increasing production of world-class products.
Over 250 companies applied for a grant, but only seven were successful in obtaining a piece of the $33 million grant funding on offer.
Under the grant, Mulgowie won $5.1 million to invest in their business which the company will use to improve processing capability and capacity which will result in greater supply of Mulgowie Farming's sustainably grown fresh nutritious vegetables for Australians and international consumers to enjoy.
Mulgowie started as a small family farming venture over 75 years ago in the Lockyer Valley, and the Mulgowie team has grown far and wide, with over 5000 hectares under production across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
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