Greenvale's Moira named unsung hero

Long-serving Greenvale employee, Moira Henderson, has been voted the unsung hero of the fruit and veg industry.

Tuesday, 5th April 2016, 8:25 am
Updated Tuesday, 5th April 2016, 10:37 am
Moira Henderson was presented with the fruit and vegetable industrys trade magazine Fresh Produce Journal's Unsung Hero award from Stephen Simm, operations manager at Greenvale and Anna Litke shift manager.

Last September, Moira notched up 42 years at Greenvale’s Potatoes, their longest serving employee, and this brought her to the attention of the fruit and vegetable industry’s key trade magazine Fresh Produce Journal.

She was nominated for an award in the Unsung Hero category in their inaugural awards, voted for by peers within the industry and Moira was the runaway winner.

“We are all delighted that Moira has been recognised and rewarded for her efforts and dedication to Greenvale,” said Tracey Mattock, Greenvale’s marketing manager.

“Moira’s story is one of true hard work and dedication and we are delighted that the industry has recognised this.”

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Moira, who lives in Berwick, recalls that her working life started in the kitchen of the town’s Castle Hotel, where she cooked and washed dishes for two years.

But in 1973, she applied for a job at the Duns-based plant, then run as the family concern E.S.Black.

She remarked: “It was just going to be a stopgap, but I liked it...and I stayed!”

The business had only about 50 staff then, a quarter of today’s total. The other main change for Moira is the introduction of technology and computerisation to the process of selecting, washing and packing potatoes.

“Back then, we did almost everything by hand. The work’s still fairly hard, but not nearly as manual. Things have changed, but I’ve always enjoyed working here,” she says.

Moira points to the fact that, even while the business has expanded significantly since she started, there’s still a family atmosphere at Greenvale. Two of her three brothers – John and David – and sister Lillie, also work at the factory, while her other brother, George, works at a nearby fish factory.