The development of Rocky Lamattina & Sons Pty Ltd is based on the use of the best available technology, experience, and hard work.
Rocky Lamattina & Sons P/L is a private, wholly Australian owned and operated company, with its 6,000 acre home base property situated in Wemen, some 75 km south- east of Mildura, on the banks of the Murray River in northern Victoria. Its unique soil and climate was chosen to grow carrots in the colder 8 months of the year. A cooler climate 6,000 acre property situated at Kaniva, the last town before the SA-Victoria border and sitting midway between Nihil and Bordertown, was chosen to grow carrots in the summer months of the year.
Established in 1991 Rocky Lamattina & Sons P/L has emerged as an icon in the Fresh Produce Markets around Australia. They are able to process up to 600 tonnes per week and they pride themselves in being most consistent carrot producers’ in Australia. The development of Rocky Lamattina & Sons Pty Ltd is based on the use of the best available technology, experience, and hard work. It is operated with a personal and moral commitment that can only exist in a well-managed family business.
Rocky Lamattina & Sons Pty Ltd employs in excess of 65 staff to plough, sow, harvest, wash, and pack the produce. Excellent administration is the key to success for an operation of this size. Rocky and his sons Angelo, Phillip and John ensure that quality, efficiency and accuracy operate at all levels of the business, all staff have an important part to play in the delivery of quality carrots to all outlets.
An agronomist is used to monitor all crops and ensure that the soil is carefully rotated and nurtured. A carefully planned planting and feeding program ensures that the crops receive the best possible consideration. All the crops are controlled by a computer operated irrigation system ensuring an optimum yield from each crop. Everyday, megalitres of water from The Murray River for their Wemen property and artesian bore water for their Kaniva property is showered on the tender growing carrots. The produce is harvested packed and cooled without delay, under the strictest supervision, to maintain freshness and quality.
Quality control is imperative and operates at all levels of production from the carrots being harvested, washed, packed, pre-cooled and finally loaded onto trucks to be delivered. Rocky Lamattina & Sons Pty Ltd has attained the Safe Quality Foods (SQF 2000 Code) based on the HACCP principles (Certificate Number 00516).
Rocky Lamattina & Sons Pty Ltd has control over their fleet of B-Doubles, which operate around the clock, preserving the cool-chain and preventing unnecessary strain on the produce, so it arrives in peak condition for our customers around Australia.
Rocky Lamattina & Sons Pty Ltd has long recognised the importance of supplying a product that meets with the requirements of the consumer. It prides itself in having a progressive attitude towards technology advance in the horticultural field, and also as a company that paves the way in innovation and advancements in all facets of the industry.
At Rocky Lamattina and Sons our ability to grow quality produce year round enables us to have one of the highest ratios of permanent employees. Both our permanent and casually employed personnel are able to enjoy working in our modern, clean and safe environment where at all times we demonstrate a duty of care.
As demand for our produce becomes even more consistent, we are able to offer greater numbers of permanent positions in our organisation and this remains a focus by continually working with our retail partners to promote the health aspects and care that goes into nurturing our produce to market. This wouldn't be possible without the collaboration and open relationship we hold with all our valued employees.
On occasions where we do require short term positions to be filled, we are not always structured to advertise, source and administrate due to supply and demand infrequency within our sector. When these times occur, we do have support from employment specialists in which we hold a transparent relationship and strong dialogue at all times to ensure the status of any employees are ethical, legal and fair.
To support our views, we have strong policies in place that value the people who work alongside us and respect cultural diversity, as we also are culturally diverse.
Rocky Lamattina and Sons is a generational family business that will always maintain strong personal and social values for its personnel, partners and customers.