Late 1800's to early 1900's
This period was punctuated by new roller machinery installations, enabling 1000 ton per annum processing capability, although two plant fires required rebuilding during this period as well.
Enter the Hudsons
1944 - Charles Hudson (son of Richard) buys Harraway and Sons Ltd
1955 – Harraways buys the Wilkie Mill at Mosgiel - flour mill
1958 – Harraways buys Cadbury Fry Hudsons Planet Flour Mills and transfers production to Green Island. Sales of 10,000 tons annually & now the largest flour mill in Otago Southland
1960 – Charles Hudson’s son Frank, develops the first grain drying service to wheat growers in Otago
Progress within the 21st Century
By 2004 the original office and flour mill building had been demolished, and an additional production area, including staff facilities, was constructed. In 2005 a strategic decision was made to exit flour and stock feed. Now the prime focus for the business is on oat cereals, and flaked grains. Further plant investments were made to support this strategy (e.g. construction of undercover loading bay, additional storage and installing additional boilers, and more recently a full second processing line). In 2016 further land adjacent to the current mill site was purchased, to facilitate further mill & warehouse expansion and enable planned business growth.
OUR FOCUS - PAST, PRESENT AND THE FUTURE!
Harraway and Sons Limited conducts business according to the principle of corporate responsibility,
that is we assume responsibility towards our customers, business partners, employees, the
community and the environment.
To illustrate that the company is truly ‘walking the talk’, below are some examples of action taken:
1. Packaging. Over 50% of “Harraways” branded product range is currently packaged in recyclable,
non-single use plastic. The company is also actively working with its packaging partners on projects
aimed at maintaining packaging performance, yet further improving its recyclable packaging
footprint over time. In 2019 the company introduced a market first too with compostable packaging to the convenient oat
2. Utilising sustainable fuel sources and reducing waste. The company aspires to fully utilise its
grain by-product in both fuelling aspects of its factory process, alongside introducing consumer
concepts that are derived from factory created grain by-product. The company, for example, uses up
some grain by-products in fuelling its factory furnace each day. The company’s aspiration is to send
less and less waste to landfill over time
3. Supporting local communities, trade customers and consumers. For over 150 years now,
Harraway & Sons Limited has traded with local farmers, employed locals at our mill, supported
a significant number of worthwhile community projects and it has helped to fuel many consumers’
lives with its high quality, nutritious oats, cereals and flaked grains. This has been achieved via an
an extensive network of valued trade customers and business partners
All this demonstrates that the company is totally committed to a sustainable business approach –
past, present and future.