About Us – Perigord Truffles of Tasmania

About Us

Duncan Garvey B Ag Eco, UNE; Grad Dip Agri-Bus, Monash

 

Duncan has been working on developinDuncan Garveyg the French truffle industry since 1993. In this time, he has critically reviewed the literature on truffles, made a number of trips to France to research truffles and conducted market research in Europe, Japan and the United Kingdom Duncan has had extensive experience in Agri-business.

After completing studies Duncan was employed as an agronomist. During his time as an agronomist, he developed new cropping opportunities for Tasmanian farmers and was instrumental in extending a number of innovative farm management practices.

 

 

Within the company structure Duncan Garvey is responsible for:

  • Principal contact with new and existing growers

  • Marketing of truffles domestically and internationally.

  • Development of value added truffle products

  • Ongoing market truffle research in Europe and Asia

Mobile: 0419 341 906 International: +61 419 341 906
   
Address: 'Rockdale'
Tasman Road Grove
Tasmania 7109
Australia Email: duncan@perigord.com.au

 

Peter Cooper

PPeter Coopereter along with Duncan Garvey established Perigord Truffles of Tasmania in 1993.

Peter Cooper operates a mixed farming property in the Derwent Valley, Tasmania. The enterprise mix includes livestock, raspberries, blackcurrants, and vegetable seed crops. Peter was also actively involved in establishment of the essential oils industry in Tasmania.

In 1993 Peter was awarded an Australian Nuffield Farming Scholarship enabling him to study truffle production in Europe for 5 months in 1994. He was also selected to participate in the Worshipful Company of Farmers, Advanced Agricultural Business Management Course at London University Wye Campus.

 

 History

1992

Duncan Garvey and Peter Cooper established Perigord Truffles of Tasmania (Perigord). The Tasmanian Enterprise Workshop awarded Perigord’s business plan for the best product.

1993

Establishment of Tasmania's first truffières.

1993

Perigord awarded a three-year research grant from the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) which has been recently been extended for an additional two years bringing the total research funding to $250,000.

1994

Commenced supplying imported fresh French truffles to Australia's finest restaurants.

1999

Perigord harvest Australia’s first French black truffle.

2000

Perigord market the first home grown French Black Truffles to Claudes Restaurant, Sydney.

2000

Perigord wins National Business Award.

2001

Perigord is awarded a Jaguar/Gourmet Traveler award for excellence in primary production.

2001

First truffières established in the colder regions on NSW and Victoria.

2005

First production in Yarra Valley, Victoria and Blayney district of NSW on 3-4 year old trees.

2005

Perigord is awarded a 2005 Vogue Produce Award.

2006

Perigord export first truffles to Japan and Europe.

2008

Truffles launched into Hong Kong and Macau restaurants.

2009 Significant increase in truffle production. New export markets developed.
2010 Further increase in plantings and truffle production
2011 Development of truffle products
2012 Winner of ABC Delicious Awards "Heritage Award"