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Benders jointly recognised as the 2018 Australian Farmer of the Year

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Huon Aquaculture Co-Founders, Peter and Frances Bender have today been jointly recognised as the 2018 Australian Farmer of the Year.

Kondinin Group and ABC Rural made the announcement on ABC’s Country Hour, broadcasting live from Canberra’s Parliament House.

Huon CEO and Co-Founder Peter Bender said, “We are delighted to be jointly recognised as the 2018 Australian Farmer of the Year. We’ve come a long way over the last 32-years and we are excited to see the company grow from strength to strength.”

“A lot of people don’t realise how technologically innovative fish farming is and we’re proud to be leading the world in developing and using cutting-edge technology such as our fortress pens, our remote feeding systems and our well-boat, the Ronja Huon.

“We are continually innovating not only on the farm, but also within our processing centre where we develop new products in close consultation with cooks, chefs and our wide range of customers.”

The judges commended Peter and Frances for the hands-on role they play within the company, their business understanding, and the impact of the business. “Frances and I never wanted to be the biggest salmon farmers—we wanted to be the best.

“Everything we do from the hatchery through to processing is guided by the Huon Method. This Method ensures that only the highest quality fish reaches our customers.” |

The judges also acknowledged their high level of innovation and the greater good work Peter and Frances are doing outside the business, and in the community.

“It’s important to us that we play a strong community role and that we act responsibly to support the regions that have played such a pivotal role in the success of our business.” “Most importantly, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of our hard-working team without whom we wouldn’t be here today,” concluded Peter.

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