Simpson Farms Pty Ltd is an Australian owned and operated family business based in Childers, Queensland. The story of Simpson Farms begins back in 1969, when husband and wife team Ron and Fay Simpson started up a tomato and sugar cane operation near Bundaberg. By the late 1980s, the couple had expanded their operation and founded Goodwood Plantation, which has since grown to become Australia’s largest producing avocado orchard. Presently managed by the next generation – Ron and Fay’s four daughters and their husbands – Simpson Farms is the country’s largest producer of fresh pack avocados, and the property now encompasses 1100 hectares of orchard.
In difficult times such as these, where the Australian weather has taken its toll on major areas of the country, the result has been prolonged drought situations throughout major regions and severe Government instituted water restrictions. More than just a short term solution, reliable and lasting water solution systems are essential to helping Australians make the most of their own high quality water sources in a sustainable way.
If you follow the America’s Cup you will know already that the next version, in San Francisco in 2013, will feature 72-foot catamarans. Monohulls look to be an endangered species as the faster, spectacular twin-hulls take centre stage.
Australia is known as one of the driest land masses in the world, and as such, requires the best in water delivery solutions to enable its citizens to continue to thrive. Despite the recent increase in water supply as a result of the devastating flood conditions across Eastern Australia in the past year, Chris Stathy, Managing Director of Australian pipe fitting and valve specialists Philmac, cautions that now is not the time to rest easy on that abundance but rather to push forward in innovative ways to ensure a continuation of water resource delivery.
To remain competitive in business requires more than producing quality products and timely, professional service – it also takes research and innovation to keep ahead of the competition.
“Success to us is domination. We want to dominate every market that we launch in. We are the second largest energy drink company in the world. We’re number 1 in the United States, number 2 in the world,” says Adrian Hunter, the Australasian Manager of Monster Energy.
When it comes to the food we eat, many of us refuse to settle for anything but the best tasting, highest quality and freshest products available for our families. Many companies like to talk about their food being the best, but few have Hazeldene’s decades of experience, passion for the industry, and care when it comes to producing top-quality quality chicken products for Australia’s growing market.
Those of us who are not farmers are probably only at best dimly conscious of what goes on ‘down on the farm’. Maybe some slight awareness of pesticides or yields, but no real appreciation of the fact that without intensive farming methods, our breakfast bread would cost $20 a loaf.
Those readers turning to this page to see a report on the ACT Brumbies or the Canberra Raiders – depending on which rugby code you follow – may be disappointed. This is about business, not sport. Canberra Stadium, formerly Bruce Stadium, derives the vast majority of its income from sport. General manager Neale Guthrie told us “it’s a six million dollar business and functions business would be delivering 300-400,000 dollars of that. The rest of it comes from us hiring the venue, pretty much all of which is from sport.”
It has been said many times, and in many different ways, that in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. The quote, from world renowned scientist and Nobel laureate Albert Einstein, remains true today and applies to many situations, especially public relations. The speed and message with which a company, institution or individual chooses to deliver and react to a potential PR crisis often determines future public perception.