14 Nov

Boundary Bend vying for the title of Australia’s top farm exporter

By Martin Watters,

A LARA-based olive oil giant could become Australia’s top farm exporter eights months on from bracing for a potential $5 million disaster.

Boundary Bend limited is an agribusiness national finalist at this year’s Australian Export Awards after recently clinching the Victorian title.

The firm was Australia’s largest extra virgin olive oil supplier and the country’s biggest olive grove manager with more than 2.5 million trees across almost 3000ha in the state’s northwest.

The firm was also the country’s largest olive oil exporter to more than 15 countries.

The accolades come only eight months after the Lara operations moved into damage control, sacking 20 workers and bracing for $5 million in losses after the abolition of Federal Government tax concessions.

Earlier this year the Government announced it would scrap certain horticultural tax deductions, sparking outrage in the forestry and farming sectors.

But this was put aside yesterday when Boundary Bend executive chairman Robert McGavin announced the national award tilt from the firm’s Lara operations.

In a release yesterday Austrade said 451 company entrants had been whittled down to 79 finalists vying for the category and overall export titles.

The awards will be announced at a gala presentation next Thursday.

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