David Andary

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December 28, 2009
Born in Lebanon and migrated to Australia January 1930 Granted Australian citizenship 1933 resident of Berri, Renmark 1930 until1981 where he got his education &matriculation. In Cooltong David and his father developed the first commercial olive orchard of pickling varieties of about 100 acres. He was a member of RAAF from 1943 until1946 served overses with airfield construction squadron in New Guinea, Morotai, Philippines &Borneo. In 1948 He went back to Lebanon got married to Wahiba Charefeddine ,they have two son William &Neil 1960 he became the chairman of Berri Cooperative Packing Union, 1961 with the support of canned fruit growers Mr Andary convinced the Government to financially assist the setting up of the Riverland fruit product ltd, which became the largest peach cannery in Australia. Still in the same year with the full backing of the government Mr andary set up the Berri Fruit Juice Cooperative limited to service 2000 growers This cooperative at the time of his retirement in 1982 was the largest in Australia.1971 Mr Andary represented the Australian canned Fruit Industry as one of four industry and government delegates at the international meeting in San Francisco. In 1971 he led a dried fruit industry mission to South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Syria and Iran. Still in the same year he was invited by the then Federal Minister of Trade and Industry to join with two other industry leaders in a food mission to Japan, following this mission he was invited by Nisshin Flour Milling Company the largest Flour miller in Japan to consider a joint venture. This was achieved in 1972 with the formation of Nisshin-Berri Liaison Pty Ltd; a non-profit Company to develop trade between Japan and Australia. He was chairman of the company until his retirement in 1982, he still act as an advisor to the Japanese. As a chairman of Riv Sam Ltd which is a group of cooperative and private citrus packing companies who were the major exporters of citrus from Australia, Over the period of 10 years from 1972 to 1982 Mr Andary led Marketing mission to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, he also was invited by the Federal Government to lead a Commonwealth Government trade mission to the Arabian Gulf visiting Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai. In 1978 he was appointed an officer of the order of the British Empire in the Queen ‘s birthday honours for services to the fruit industry. 1982 he retired from the fruit industry and set up DWN distributors Dry & Refrigerated Storage the company name it stand for David William &Neil.

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