Marie Piccone is the Managing Director and owner of Manbulloo Ltd.
Manbulloo produces mangoes at six locations across Northern Territory and North Queensland and is the largest producer of Kensington Pride mangoes in Australia. Manbulloo also produces a significant volume of R2E2 and is a committed exporter into carefully selected global markets. Since purchasing Manbulloo in 2005, Marie and her team have increased yield by 300%, increased fruit packout from premium levels of 20 -30% up to 65 -85% depending on the location.
Marie has more recently been recognized for her achievements and won the 2015 National Telstra Business Women's Awards for Entrepreneur of the Year. In March 2017, Marie was inducted into the HerBusinessAustralian Hall of Fame 2017. Manbulloo has been the proud recipient of Coles Supplier of the Year 2015 and many export awards (most recently AustKorea Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in Food and Beverage 2017). Manbulloo is recognized for their innovative, collaborative relationship with Coles and their other partners in export markets, an intense focus on consumers and a commitment to innovation.
Prior to purchasing Manbulloo, Marie had a consultancy business operating in Australia, New Zealand and Asia for 18 years. She is grateful that her first job after completing her University degree was as an Extension Officer with Queensland Department of Primary Industries based at Maroochy Research Station with an amazing team and some great mentors.
Wow Marie, your qualifications and accomplishments are incredibly impressive. The time and quality work you are investing into the primary industries will be valued for years to come. Thank you for contributing your level of excellence to the future of agriculture!