THE Australian Pumpkin Seed Company has reached the semi-finals of both the Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award and the Regional Development Victoria Business Achievement Award.
Recognition in the two prestigious awards is just a small token for the huge expansion the Ovens-based business has undergone.
Over the last 10 years Sharan and Jay Rivett have successfully transformed the business from small scale pumpkin farming to the largest grower of pumpkins for their seed in Australia.
Their farm shop and factory where visitors can view, taste and learn all about the processing of the special variety Styrian pumpkin seed from ‘paddock to plate’ has been extremely popular.
The business now has over 350 stockists across Australia and 50 major food manufacturing contracts that supply restaurants, muesli bar makers and the pharmaceutical and sports nutrition industries.
The business employs 16 staff members and is proud of using local labourers, trades and resources when acquiring new farms.
Ms Rivett said the business’s intention has always been to inspire healthy eating choices made affordable and tasty.
“By focusing on the best quality ingredients we have become a fledgling industry that is punching well above its weight,” she said.
“Job creation, new industry and bringing delicious Australian grown food to plates across the country would be our highlight.”
The company’s business growth has followed their set vision with a 200 per cent rise across the product range in 2017/18.
The next round of judging, which determines the finalists of the Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award, took place late last month.
Winners will be printed in the next edition of the Farmer.