Anthony Houston his family and staff were joined by Industry leaders, representatives from State and Federal Government and by the CEO of Woolworths, Grant O’Brien for the opening of a new farm at Forcett in Tasmania.
It was an opportunity to look back over the success and growth of a Tasmanian family business and to say thanks for the support that has been given over the past 25 years by government, industry sectors and customers.
The opening of the Forcett farm has been made possible with the completion of Stage 3 of the South East Irrigation Scheme and with funding received from the Federal Government.
“We are delighted the Federal and State Governments have recognised that for Houston’s to remain cutting edge in this industry, there must be continual innovation. The roll-on effects of this grant will open up more opportunities; from increasing our market share nationally, targeting new export markets and bringing real innovation and efficiency from the field to the factory and beyond, ”said Paul Lupo, CEO.
Houston’s now farms 300 hectares in Tasmania and employs around 300 people in Tasmania and Queensland. Houston’s Farm salad bags and bowls are sold in more than 1400 stores nationally.
“We couldn’t have come this far without the Woolworths business, said Anthony Houston. It was Woolworths that first encouraged us to wash and put the lettuce in a bag. And more recently to expand into ready to eat salad bowls, and the relationship is still going strong. Now we’re looking forward to next 25 years of growth and innovation,” he said.