Spud­shed chips in for cel­e­bra­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

THE Galati fam­ily em­pire, to­day more recog­nis­able as Spud­shed, started far more than 30 years ago.

Back then, a sim­ple crop of beans grown on a 2ha (5 acres) prop­erty in Yangebup would be­come their first goods sold at mar­ket.

By 1985, the fam­ily busi­ness had grown to in­clude a big­ger farm in Wat­tleup – and 24-year-old Tony Galati was de­vel­op­ing a vi­sion for the fam­ily busi­ness.

Thirty years on, its ex­pan­sion has shown no signs of slow­ing down and Tony has de­vel­oped a pro­file as Perth’s most prom­i­nent potato farmer and much more.

The fam­ily busi­ness he leads op­er­ates six grow­erdi­rect pro­duce stores, in Bal­divis, In­naloo, Jan­dakot, Wan­gara, Kelmscott and Man­durah.

In re­cent times the cru­sade to of­fer con­sumers an al­ter­na­tive to Aus­tralia’s big chains has gone be­yond fresh pro­duce, with Spud­shed open­ing a liquor shed in Jan­dakot in 2013.

At the time Mr Galati said the move was about sup­port­ing smaller pri­mary pro­duc­ers who did not turn out the vol­umes de­sired by the su­per­mar­kets.

“As a pri­mary pro­ducer our­selves we un­der­stand the chal­lenges they face,” he said. For all the growth and change, the Galati busi­ness re­mains very much in the fam­ily. Tony’s brother Vince op­er­ates a farm in the South­West, and another brother Sam and his son do like­wise with land near Ku­nunurra.

Tony Galati

Tony Galati's mar­ket

gar­den in Bal­divis.

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