The evolution of a walnut grower’s discussion group lead to ten growers or intending walnut growers, located throughout central and western Victoria as well as southern New South Wales, establishing Quality Walnut Producers Pty Ltd (QWP) in 2006.
The combination of shareholder funds plus the receipt of an Australian Government Food Processing Grant (Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries) and a NSW Government grant enable the company to fulfil a vision of providing an efficient method of processing walnuts for a new and expanding rural industry with confidence.
A modern processing facility, utilising the best of local and imported components, was constructed in 2007.
The Founding Directors of QWP were John Brooke OAM, Bryan Goble, Colin Jack, Laurence Maxted, Lachlan McKenzie, Robert Atkin, John McLinden, Hilary Jankelson and Arthur Hayes.
The vision of QWP is to be Australia's premium processor and marketer of quality walnuts.
Walnuts contain the highest source of natural plant omega-3 oils.
Lachlan McKenzie (Founding Director)
Lachie is co-founder and current managing director of one of Australia’s largest fruit and nut propagation and supply businesses.
He is often called upon by horticultural industry bodies to deliver workshops and lectures on both orchard establishment and produce processing.
Lachlan has a history of being involved with the establishment of both commercial and community based projects that are to ensure the prosperity and longevity of rural and regional communities.
Robert Atkin (Founding Director)
Robert has a breadth of active interests across the arts, tourism and agriculture with a Diploma of Agricultural Science.
He has taken lead positions in organisations concerned with landcare and water.
His past self-employment in broad-acre primary production enterprises backgrounded his move to new horticulture ventures prior to the millennium drought which eventually lead to the closure of the Wimmera Irrigation Area and his ventures. In recent times he has managed QWP’s hulling and drying facility.
Hilary Jankelson (Founding Director)
With thirty years in the health industry, Hilary brings to the QWP Board an understanding of human motivation and its impact on production and performance.
In partnership with her husband, she owns a number of nut orchards in Victoria and southern New South Wales and has hands on involvement in the management, processing and marketing of the produce. As a previous chair of QWP and a current executive member of AWIA she pursues an interest in expanding the walnut industry nationally.
A creative and innovative cook, Hilary uses her knowledge of ingredients to enhance the appreciation of food and to refine its appeal to customers.
Russell Hilton (Independent Director)
Russell is also a director of Cramenton Pty Ltd, a company that sources, and secures all requisite government approvals, for land suitable for large scale nut orchards.
Russell was for 23 years founding executive chairman, then chairman, of PeaCo, a growers’ co-operative formed to process and market pulses (lentils, chickpeas, faba beans, etc.) to export and domestic markets.
In 2002 he went on the first of three study tours to the US and Europe to investigate the propagation, orchard management, and processing of walnuts.
Russell was for 10 years on the Grains Research and Development Corporation panels where he led program committees responsible for market intelligence, pulse processing and the assessment of new crops for Australia. He was one of three reviewers of ‘Crop Improvement in the Australian Grains Industry’ designed to evaluate and provide direction for plant breeding in the Australian grains industry.
Ian Geddes (Independent Director and Chair)
Ian has extensive industry experience. He was previously Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Indonesia, General Manager of Australia Posters (Australia’s largest outdoor media company), Managing Director of Letona Cooperative (fruit & vegetable processing).
Ian was Principal of a Corporate Advisory Firm specialising in business, marketing and strategic planning in the food & agribusiness sectors as well as a director of a major family-owned dairy company specialising in value-added products.
Jeremy is an owner of a local electrical business and is a pioneer in the application of solar technologies to agriculture.
Jeremy has recently established himself as a walnut grower.
He has also been instrumental in the development of the community ownership model and ongoing operation of the Lockington Hotel as well as involvement in district activities via his family.
Terry is a multigenerational dairy farmer located in the Goulburn Valley but has recently established a walnut orchard in the Valley.
As an experienced company director in agricultural companies and agribusiness has seen him become the Founding Director and Chair of Waterpool (a not-for-profit multimillion dollar water trading business which brings transparency and accountability to the irrigation industry), Founding Director Chair of Australian Dairy Conference (ADC) and a founding member and Chair of CDDU (Dairy Australia’s Mastitis and milk quality flagship program).
Terry is also a Founding Director and was Chair of Organic Dairy farmers Cooperative until 2016.
Terry has been a Nuffield Scholar and was awarded an OAM for services to the dairy industry in 2014.
In 2008 QWP established a modern processing facility located at Koraleigh in New South Wales, approximately 30 kilometres north of Swan Hill (Victoria), and commenced operations to service walnut growers located throughout the central, the north central and west of Victoria as well as southern New South Wales.
The flexibility of the operational system at the processing facility enables the smallest walnut grower through to the larger grower to be easily accommodated.
At all times, from the time of delivery of the grower's nuts until they leave the facility, segregation of individual grower's nuts is maintained.
The Australian annual walnut harvest season generally occurs between mid-March through to late May.
Eating walnuts is like wearing a seat belt for your heart. Enjoy ten whole walnuts in an average serve.
The following services are available to walnut growers at QWP's processing facility.
The size grading parameters used by QWP are those outlined in the Australian Walnut Industry Association's (AWIA) Standards for Marketing (in-shell) Walnuts in Australia.
A 1.1 Standards for in-shell walnuts.
(Revised mid 2015 - please note size descriptors [e.g. Large] are being phased out)
A handful of fresh Australian walnuts a day lowers cholesterol and helps decrease the risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes.
Further information is available for walnut growers who may be considering utilising QWP's processing services by clicking on any of the below
Grower Declaration Form
Quality Walnut Producers Pty Ltd (QWP Pty Ltd)
19 Koraleigh Road
Koraleigh NSW 2735
PO Box 94
Koraleigh NSW 2735
Sales & Marketing
Contact: Peter Stanton
Phone: +61 477 063 431
Contact: Jack Pitlo
Phone: +61 428 497 667
Contact: Lachie McKenzie
Phone: +61 428 302 177