Meadow Mushrooms has been awarded the EY 2018 Family Business of Excellence Award. Meadow Mushrooms is currently a leading New Zealand mushroom supplier founded by former Cabinet Minister Philip Burdon and friend Roger Giles. The business is fully integrated overseeing the entire operation from spawn to its nationwide distribution and marketing campaigns. "Meadow Mushrooms is a classic entrepreneurial story," said Miranda Burdon, Philip's daughter and chair of the company.

With Kiwi’s making more health-conscious decisions and discovering that the mushroom is indeed a superfood, the company has evolved rapidly, updating technology to keep up with demand. They recently spent $100 million upgrading its storage system from old style tray farms to a new shelf-based production system. "The marketplace is constantly changing, creating new opportunities and challenges. This is what excites us."