Sustainable energy and processes are key to the food and beverage sector’s future growth, according to Ashton Valley Fresh Operations Manager Joseph Ceravolo.
The young South Australian businessperson said he had been pushing Ashton Valley Fresh towards sustainability through streamlined processes and improved machinery during his time with the company, in a bid to become an industry leader.
“I believe it’s important that the food and beverage industry have best practice businesses such as ours who are visible and willing to share ideas to encourage development and innovation across wider industry,” he said.
In his five years helping lead the business, Ceravolo said the company had increased its turnover by more than 30 per cent, prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said other initiatives he’d overseen included a partnership project with Hills Cider Company, Hills distillery and Mismatch brewing in 2018, building a shared production facility for Ashton Valley Fresh to showcase their beverage manufacturing.
He also led the development of an after-school cooking program at Oakbank Area School, teaching year 10 to 12 students how to prepare quick, cheap and easy meals.
Last year, Ceravolo won the 2019 Next Generation Award at the Premiers Food and Beverage Awards.
It came after he was named a joint rising star, with one of his colleagues, by Apple and Pear Australia in 2015.
Ceravolo is also a member of Ag Bureau.