Campbelltown Local Business Awards winner pick of the bunch

NOT even the fruit at Minto's Fruit Orchard could be as sweet as being crowned the 2013 Campbelltown Local Business Award's Business of the Year.

Western Suburbs Leagues Club was abuzz at Wednesday's gala night to recognise the best businesses in the area.

After winning the Specialised Retail Business category earlier in the night, the delight continued for Tony Murdocca and the rest of the Minto's Fruit Orchard staff when they were named Business of the Year.

"It's still sinking in," Mr Murdocca told the Advertiser.

Business of the year award winners at this year's Campbelltown Business Awards Minto's Fruit Orchard. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Business of the year award winners at this year's Campbelltown Business Awards Minto's Fruit Orchard. Picture: Jonathan Ng

"We were just happy to be nominated for the earlier category's award. It was a great honour and very humbling."

Mr Murdocca paid tribute to the pioneers of the business: his father Frank and uncle Sam.

It was the Italian migrants' hard work Mr Murdocca said, that made the business the success it is today.

"They worked their way up and in 1997 bought this business, the Minto Fruit Orchard," he said.

"Since then the business has kept evolving and reinventing itself. There have been tough times but we keep continuing and pushing the business."

Fruit shops are not like many other traditional businesses. Working hours begin well before 9am and continue past 5pm.

Mr Murdocca said this was what needed to be done to ensure the people of Minto and surrounding suburbs in Macarthur, got the best product possible.

"The key to getting the best produce is to get up early," he said.

"Sam gets to the markets in Sydney at about 3am every day.

"Anyone can buy an apple but it's a skill to get the good quality product and to be able to sell it at a good price.

Mr Murdocca also praised his staff and customers.

He said the support of the community — particularly Minto residents — had played a big role in the businesses success.

"It's a good area with real people," he said. "We see Minto as a community and we are part of that community.

"Minto gets a bad rap sometimes but it's a great area.

"But we also get people from all over Macarthur coming to our store.

"You don't have to go to a shopping centre because we have everything here."

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