South Australia’s leading vegetable growers were recognised at the 2017 AUSVEG SA and William Buck Vegetable Industry Award for Excellence on May 12 at the Arkaba Hotel.
The Awards for Excellence provided the opportunity to showcase the dedication to high quality produce, innovation and leadership within these vitally important industries in South Australia.
The winners were announced at an industry dinner, attended by about 200 growers and industry members who gathered to celebrate the significant contributions of members of the state’s vegetable and broader horticulture industry.
The awards were attended by a number of leading political figures, including Leon Bignell, Minister for Agricullture, Food and Fisheries, Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and Virginia councillor, Peter Rentoulis.
Buckland Park greenhouse vegetable grower and packer, Henry Liu, managing director of P’Petual Holdings, was awarded the top honours of Grower of the Year.
The award was granted in recognition of Henry’s work in growing a modest greenhouse business into a high-tech glasshouse enterprise that is a leading producer of tomatoes in Adelaide’s north.
Henry has overseen significant growth in the business over the years and is currently planning an ambitious expansion of the business with international investment.
All winners are now in the running for the National Awards for Excellence, to be held in Adelaide in May.