The latest Ipswich Grammar School Business Breakfast hosted by the Old Boys was another success and guests were privileged to hear from guest speaker Matt Hood (Class of 1985). Hood is Director of Rugby Farm, a large scale fresh produce and distribution business located in the Lockyer Valley.
Hood spoke fondly of his time at the school and shared stories of his success with sport especially being a part of the premiership winning Rugby team from 1984 as well as representing his country in the Australian Schoolboys Rugby team. Being a boarder at the school, he also recalled how the firm friendships made at the school have become lifelong bonds and that the school helped him to grow and prepare him for life after school. Going on to university to study Civil Engineering and further rugby representation Hood would go on to begin a career in his chosen profession. After only a few years however, Hood soon found that he wanted to return to the family farming business and help the business fill it’s potential.
Rugby Farm has grown to be a leading operation in fresh produce and has 850 full time staff with various growing locations across Queensland. They produce over 15,000 acres (5600 Ha) of vegetables annually and also delivers on a daily basis nationally to its numerous customers that includes retail giant Coles. An all encompassing operation, Rugby Farm is responsible for the full timeline of production from the planting through to harvesting, packaging and distribution. Hood spoke about the need to keep up with the modern consumer and how they are constantly needing to adapt to current consumer demands, and also prepare for trends happening overseas that make their way to the Australian market.