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  • Woolworths - Kalafatis Coolstores
    Australia s Fresh Food People Delicious Recipes Your Guides to Fresh Food Fresh Food Update Fresh or Free Guarantee Fresh Magazine Meet Our Growers Growers Stories Send to a friend Print Kalafatis Coolstores Have you got a sweet tooth Well look no further than William Bartlett Pears That s what Jimmy Kalafatis says And he should know His family has been producing pears since 1960 when his father Angelo brought his first 15 hectare orchard in Victoria s Shepparton area in the Goulburn Valley where pears have been produced for the past 100 years Now Managing Director of Kalafatis Coolstores Jimmy presides over 300 hectares producing pears all year round and his family business has been supplying Woolworths with pears for the past 40 years Truly a unique pear the William Bartlett pear is also synonymous with Woolworths reputation for quality fresh produce because the William Barlett pear ripens very quickly once picked and must be savoured soon after purchase there s no leaving it to sit around in a supermarket The thing that sets the William pear apart from the others is that it ripens very quickly and once it does it tastes so sweet like honey Jimmy says There s no other pear that goes as sweet and that s why it s so popular Harvested in the middle of summer and the first new season pear to come in to stores Jimmy says it s his favourite type and has a simple yet effective way to enjoy them pre cooled once ripened so it s extra cold View a delicious recipe using fresh pears Search for more grower stories Share on Facebook Tweet this Bookmark at Delicious Digg this Share this page on Specials Promotions Weekly Catalogue Promotions Competitions Fresh Food Inspiration Australia s Fresh Food People

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  • Woolworths - LJM Farms
    driven and large tonnages could be achieved quite easily The sandy soil conditions in particular suited these two crops very well These days at LJM farms carrots are grown harvested and packed all year round Broccoli is a winter crop and supplied to supermarkets from April to September only Sons Jamie and Bradley share their parent s passion and proudly manage the 100 Western Australian owned family farm today They continue to build and expand the family business for future generations Jamie now 33 and Bradley 21 left school to work on the farm Jamie has been on the farm for 18 years and Bradley for six We re both very happy that they decided to continue the family tradition They just always wanted to be on the farm on the tractors on the motorbikes anything that involved being outdoors Avoiding hard work is something that neither boys have ever done They ve always been keen to learn everything there is to farming I think it is in the blood For the last 17 years LJM farms has built a successful relationship with Woolworths and enjoyed continued growth currently producing approximately 160 tonnes of Broccoli a year and over 2500 tonnes of carrots and onions a year Over the years we ve seen our see sales increase and demand for your products increase too Together we ve been able to deliver great produce to the people of Australia since 1996 These two brothers are true blue proud Australian farmers who believe in supplying Australian homes with nothing but quality fresh produce doing all they can to promote local produce to the end customer It s this belief in local 100 Australian grown produce that is clearly reflected in everything they do and say During the summer months our onions are harvested and in stores within 24 hours of picking Being able to see a product grow from a seed see it packed and then see it available in the supermarket the next day is what makes it all worthwhile There s not much they don t know about onions According to them when choosing your onions firmness and a well formed skin is what matters They re one of healthiest vegetables you can eat They contain no cholesterol very low in saturated fat and sodium and are an excellent source of dietary fibre and Vitamin C And a little known fact onions are the oldest vegetable in history When it comes to eating in their opinion there s nothing better than caramelised onions served with barbecued meat and sausages To them what helps keep each day interesting is that each crop in each piece of ground is always slightly different But by their own admission farming is very hard times and they constantly face many challenges from competition of imported produce to water shortages and from government regulations Work takes up a lot of their time but during the summer months Sprintcar racing is a big part of their life

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  • Woolworths - Lamattina
    perfect location to start their small family farm With a horse to share with their neighbouring farmers the Lamattinas began growing commercially soon after Today A G Lamattina Sons farm over 1000 acres producing 1 000 000 tonnes of Australian fresh veggies The son of Angelo and Giuseppina Russell Lamattina now manages the family business When I was born my father already had an established vegetable growing business From an early age I would spend all my time being my father s shadow and he had the patience to teach me and share his love and respect for nature For me I was always attracted to the romance of the industry I knew how hard the work was and how long the hours were but it was the satisfaction of working with nature in producing something so extraordinary time after time that made the toil associated with it Russell not only inherited his parents love of farming but also their optimistic outlook on the challenges and obstacles they faced daily and within the industry I share that philosophy and I also believe that if you look after your land your land will look after you Russell idolised his father as a child and spent a lot of time learning to be tolerant and patient while he developed a love for nature As self confessed perfectionist Russell recalls driving tractors in his youth and the satisfaction of plowing as straighter line as he could It s this mentality that he carries through in every aspect of his work his farm and pack house as well as machinery and trucks always have to be clean neat and tidy After all we are producing fresh food I consider myself privileged and fortunate to be part of legacy When I m not farming I m thinking about farming dreaming about farming planning organising and coordinating projects I can t imagine not being on the farm it is and always has been in my blood The Lamattinas have used the same seed to grow and harvest their parsnips as they did 60 years ago Not only a testament to the quality of their produce but also the knowledge and expertise they have in this field Russell begins the process of growing his parsnips two years before the first seed is planted It takes that long to select the best parsnips for seed production plant them harvest and process the seed ready to plant Russell then prepares his soil by deep ripping and deep ploughing to ensure adequate moisture reaches the root zone throughout the growth cycle The parsnip seeds are then planted When the parsnip plants are 25 30mm high they are manually thinned out to provide adequate space for them to keep growing The crop is mature when the leaves of the parsnips begin yellowing off At that point the crop is manually harvested and washed without delay to be packed and delivered to Woolworths shelves around Australia Something the Lamattina family often enjoy

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  • Woolworths - Max Baker Farms
    M J Baker Farms has developed into a thriving organisation with more than 109 acres of potatoes Dutch Cream Potatoes are grown at Kindred on the North West Coast of Tasmania The region s rich red volcanic soil is ideal for growing vegetables and allows them to be grown all year round Being in season 12 months a year means there s always plenty of work to be done Max has some simple advice for young farmers Be prepared to work hard seven days a week The biggest challenges we face are pests and diseases so we work closely with agronomists to eliminate infestation and prevent our crops becoming damaged Max Baker M J Baker Farms has been growing Dutch Cream Potatoes for the past 10 years with 100 of their crop going straight to Woolworths stores To Max the process is simple The potatoes are planted and constantly watered Once harvested they re graded packed and transported to stores within two days While it sounds simple extreme care is taken at each stage of the journey to ensure that only the finest quality produce ends up on the shelves As well as taking great satisfaction from supplying some of the freshest and cleanest potatoes Max is extremely proud to have introduced this relatively new variety to Woolworths Dutch Cream Potatoes are a great source of Vitamin C containing potassium niacin and dietary fibre They are versatile attractive full of flavour and contain virtually no fat which makes them a more healthy choice for potato lovers According to Max you should always store potatoes in a cool and dark place This ensures they hold together and remain ideal for boiling and steaming when making salads stews and soups Dutch Cream Potatoes are a great all rounder you can mash em

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  • Woolworths - McKays Banana Marketing
    Australia s Fresh Food People Delicious Recipes Your Guides to Fresh Food Fresh Food Update Fresh or Free Guarantee Fresh Magazine Meet Our Growers Growers Stories Send to a friend Print McKays Banana Marketing Always a fruit bowl favourite our grower Daniel MacKay reveals everything he knows about bananas After all his trees were wiped out by a cyclone in 2011 banana grower Daniel MacKay says prices are dropping now that a new crop is ready to be harvested When are bananas at their best They re available all year round but in summer they are at their smoothest with a good strong banana taste How long does it take for bananas to get from the farm to the supermarket shelf It takes up to 14 days We pick the bananas green if they were transported when ripe they would suffer extreme damage and they are then placed in a ripening room for about one week We pick bananas green because they continue to ripen after they are picked You have been supplying Woolworths with bananas for 15 years How do you maintain quality control We have strict specifications that were developed with Woolworths and we undertake rigorous sample testing for every box of bananas delivered Woolworths have very high standards so we check for cuts and splits we look at the length and girth of the fruit and we make sure they are at the perfect stage yellow with a green tip and tail when they reach the shelf in the fresh produce department at your local Woolworths supermarket View our delicious banana cake recipe here Search for more grower stories Share on Facebook Tweet this Bookmark at Delicious Digg this Share this page on Specials Promotions Weekly Catalogue Promotions Competitions Fresh Food Inspiration Australia s Fresh Food People

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  • Woolworths - Montague Fresh
    and sorting process The Montague family is proud of their state of the art apple grader which has the latest technology introduced in Australia This machine thoroughly checks the fruit to ensure that customers get the best quality produce It takes bright summer sun plenty of rainfall and cool winters to grow Jazz apples with a crunchy effervescent texture and tangy sweet flavour Fortunately Australia abounds with these kinds of environments and Montague Fresh is able to operate strategically placed orchards in Batlow NSW Legana TAS Harcourt VIC and Narre Warren VIC The fertile soils and cool winter nights of these beautiful growing region are perfect for producing juicy apples sweet pears and delicious stonefruit So perfect in fact that today they have over 106 596 trees across all their orchards producing over 6 000 bins annually of high quality Granny Smith Pink Lady and Royal Gala A tart and tasty cross between Braeburn and Royal Gala Jazz apples boast the sweetness of a Royal Gala and the crisp texture of a Braeburn which when combined create an apple with attitude that is truly at the top of its tree Scott Montague Director National Business Manager of Sales Procurement Montague Fresh Apples are generally high in antioxidants with a greater supply in one fruit than half a punnet of blueberries a cup of strawberries or an orange Pears are an excellent source of potassium which is an element lost easily though dehydration or perspiration making them perfect for kids with active lifestyles Summer stone fruits are very rich in Vitamin A C and E and are also a great source of fibre and potassium Montague fresh has been growing stonefruit since they purchased their Bilmont stonefruit farm in Swan Hill in 2003 As the supply of summer stonefruit is based on a staggered flow of different varieties each lasting only a week or two this means that there is always a fresh or new variety at Woolworths each week Finding and growing new varieties then seeing the enthusiasm with which Australians embrace a delicious new product is extremely satisfying for the Montague family It can take 10 years to launch a new variety so developing something that will surprise and delight people is a gamble that the company is glad to be getting right The day to day challenges of the business keep Scott busy So when he does find down time is on holidays or even travelling overseas he always seems to find his way into a produce store or supermarket to check out the fruit section Scott jokes that this must be quite frustrating for his fiancé but he loves seeing the different products and qualities the world produces It always reminds him of of how spoilt we are for choice and quality of produce in Australia Montague Fresh is constantly re investing in growing systems and technology to help produce crops more efficiently Things like the watering system or the protective netting that drapes the trees are

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  • Woolworths - Mulgowie Farming Company
    has helped the company earn a lot of recognition for its work In 2002 and 2003 Woolworths named them the overall supplier of the year in 2006 they were named the NAB primary producer of the year and in 2011 they were presented with the Ausveg Environmental Excellence Award However this kind of achievement isn t surprising from a man and a company that actively involves themselves in assisting Australian farmers with agricultural production while keeping the challenges of sustainability and nutrition firmly in mind Their ethos is Make a difference The better we do our jobs the healthier Australians can be The satisfaction I get from growing quality nutritious vegetables for my family and for all Australian families is what drives me A great meal of healthy vegetables for any Australian family starts from a humble seed and to be a central and integral part of that is very very rewarding Rodney Emerick With such high minded ideals driving them it s not surprising they ve always had a great relationship with Woolworths Mulgowie Farming Company started working with Woolworths over 20 years ago These days they supply Woolies with around 45 million cobs of sweet corn each year and untold amounts of green beans Considering this abundance they are well deserving of their reputation as Australia s sweet corn and fresh bean people It s Australia s sweet corn people joining forces with Australia s fresh food people It s a great and rewarding partnership Rodney Emerick The corn range grown since 1981 includes traditional varieties like loose yellow corn pre packed yellow corn pre packed bi colour corn and corn cobbettes However the company has also pioneered new varieties in Australia such as baby corn and snow white corn Their green beans are sold loose pre packed and cleaned cut a relatively new innovation of completely pre prepared vegetables ready to simply be tossed into a cooking pot We always aim to produce a premium quality product The price is often forgotten but the quality is always remembered The focus on delivering consistent quality has always been a core principle for our team and it s appreciated by our customers and helped us build a strong partnership with Woolworths Rodney Emerick To produce high quality nutrient rich vegetables Mulgowie understands the importance of clean green Australian fields They carefully select their growing plots looking for highly fertile alluvial soils with abundant natural fresh water The key foundation for any harvest is in the soil structure and preparation Then composting planting and irrigation are all carefully managed to tend the crop through its ongoing maturity Harvesting is also a critical factor and the time of day it is performed in and under what weather conditions are important considerations During the summer months the harvesting is often performed through the cool of the night when the vegetables are less prone to drying out My hero is William Albrecht Twenty years before the phrase environmental concern crept into the national

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  • Woolworths - Pinata Farms
    or Free Guarantee Fresh Magazine Meet Our Growers Growers Stories Send to a friend Print Pinata Farms When Geoff Scurr started growing pineapples in the late 1960s little could he have imagined how successful the business would become 50 years on Today under the guidance of his sons Gavin and Steve Piñata Farms has grown to be the largest supplier of pineapples in Australia and for good reason Their super sweet pineapples have Australians young and old coming back for more And with a range of varieties providing year round supply there s never a shortage of this delectable delight Steve says Piñata is proud to supply Woolworths with their pineapples noting that their relationship is one he believes is a lasting one We ve been working with Woolies now for 24 years and we ve had a great strong relationship with them It s growing stronger every day Steve s Fresh Tip A good pineapple is one that s got a sweet small and a nice blush of orange colour from the base up View our delicious fresh pineapple recipe here Search for more grower stories Share on Facebook Tweet this Bookmark at Delicious Digg this Share this page

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