Charlotte Bowen has fond memories of hand-picking potatoes, then bagging and selling them at her parents’ farm gate. Today she is still in the selling game, but it is potato chips and in much bigger volumes.
Miss Bowen is general manager of Heartland Potato Chips Ltd, in Washdyke, but prefers to say she oversees the operation.
She is doing a good job, as evidenced by her success in winning the emerging leader award at the 2019 South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business Awards recently.
”I was blown away; I went on the Friday expecting nothing and I was up against so good competition.
”When my name was called out, I was unprepared.
”It’s a great honour to receive and I wouldn’t have been in that position unless my parents took the risk and created Heartland.”
The company started nine years ago next month after Miss Bowen’s parents decided to take up where giant company Bluebird left off.
After operating at Washdyke for some years, Bluebird pulled up stakes and relocated to Auckland.