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No Grit, no pearl

Posted on : 17 January 2019

Farming superior oysters since 1988, south coast institution Tathra Oysters has been named a finalist in the 13th Annual President’s Medal.  Based on the Nelson Lake Estuary, Tathra Oysters proudly boasts a perfect 64 medals from 64 entries in the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show going all the way back to the first Aquaculture Competition in 2001.

“To produce a super-premium oyster takes a lot of attention to detail, a lot of care and devotion and love of what you are doing,” said Sam Rodley, owner Tathra Oysters.

Tathra though, haven’t stuck to their same processes and methods, the company has made sure that they have stayed on top of innovation and technology as the years have gone on.

“We are constantly refining our processes, we have been in the business for 30 years now but we are still seeing what worked best in the previous season and tweaking our growing locations.”

Being a President’s Medal finalist doesn’t just recognise the taste and quality of a product but also distinguishes the companies that are at the forefront of their industry in terms of technology and environmental integrity.

Presidents Medal judge, Ed Halmagyi is always looking for the ways in which finalists “shine a light forward” through their knowledge and expertise and it appeared that Tathra ticked those boxes.

“What we’re looking to measure is a completely commercially viable company within their business structure and also look at the environmental and social impacts and what they do with innovation,” he said.

The 13th Annual President’s Medal will be announced on 17 April at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show.

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