Spudshed chips in for celebration
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 grower-direct produce stores, in Baldivis, Innaloo,
Tony Galati 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 South-West, and another brother, Sam, and his son do likewise with land near Kununurra.
Tony Galati's market
garden in Baldivis.