by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
HOLLA-FRESH Pty Ltd Tantanoola were announced the winners of the MBCA Agriculture, Viticulture and Horticulture category at the gala awards ceremony on Saturday night in the Civic and Arts Centre Millicent; receiving a trophy from the MBCA and an advertising package of $400-00. The South Eastern Times and 5 THE FM each contributing $200-00
The MBCA judging panel said it was encouraging to see this category growing over the years and while it was a difficult choice, one nomination stood out. Not only had the winning business grown locally from humble beginnings, providing employment in the district but it has extended its client base nationally.
As one of the leading hydroponic growers in Australia, Holla-Fresh has taken an innovative, flexible approach to ensure the highest standards of fresh herbs are grown, cultivated and delivered to Australian supermarkets. Their up-to-date machinery ensures that they are at the forefront of technology in a niche market.
Established in 1991, Holla-Fresh Pty Ltd has now grown into an independent and flourishing company with a workforce of over 40 staff; but over 24 years have employed in the vicinity of 200 people CEO Mark Lines said today. This year will mark their 25th year in business and they are grateful for all of the support they have received. Foster’s Foodland being one of their first wholesale cusotmers.
Holla – Fresh is based in Tantanoola, just 10kms south of Millicent, in the Wattle Range Region.
The Award was accepted by Co- Owner Mark Lines who congratulated the MBCA on holding such an impressive event to showcase local businesses.
The nominees in this category were -Beachport Spraying Services, Bowman’s Earthmoving, Sebastapol Machinery Service, Holla-Fresh Pty Ltd, SE Spraying Services, and Dick & Kathy Coote – Chip-It