Peter Wilbow – E D Wilbow and Son
How long has your family been in the Fresh Produce Industry?
I am a third a third generation fresh produce wholesaler, the business was started by my grandfather back in the fifties. He was managing the Gosford packing sheds then went in to wholesaling.
When did you start working in the industry and tell us about any other jobs you have had?
I left school as an apprentice fitter machinist in 1978 and started wholesaling in 1982. It was the old story of whatever apprenticeship is learnt, you hate it and go into another role.
What are the main jobs that you do in your role and what do you like about your job?
I do everything and I hate it all! But seriously, I like working with all the blokes and work is enjoyable. It’s a personality thing, as long as the people you are working with are good to be around, it makes the work good too. It’s like having a family here and there a lot of good people here as well.
What team do you barrack for?
Parramatta, Parramatta District.
What are your other interests and past times?
My son and I do a lot of fishing and water sports. I have my own boat, just a muck around fishing boat, a 5.3 m. Whitley Voyager.
What would you like to see happening in the industry?
I would like more shops to open up and flourish. This would certainly help business.
What new or different practices are you looking to introduce to your business?
I am pretty happy with the way things are working at the moment so don’t have any special plans for change.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I guess I will still be here starting to think about retiring.