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Australian tomato grower goes from strength to strength using latest technology

For Jon Murphy one of the greatest things about farming is seeing his produce on the supermarket shelves.

“We saw our fruit up in Cairns once and I get text messages from people around the country, so you never really know where it goes when you’re supplying the major chains,” said Jon, whose family business in the foothills of the Victorian alps grows 9.5 million kilograms of glasshouse tomatoes a year for the likes of Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and independent retailers. “It is quite satisfying.”

Jon, his parents Russell and Jill, and brother Sam run Murphy Fresh, which in the space of less than 20 years has grown from a humble tomato-growing business into a major horticulture powerhouse using the latest in growing methods and technology.

The Murphys now have 14.5ha of glasshouses in production spread across two sites with plans in the pipeline to increase this significantly.

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