|Please note: just like your typical New Zealander the Bowans are quite shy when it comes to talking about themselves... so the following descriptions are from information gleamed from individuals who know and work with them.
Raymond is your true kiwi - a hard-working, quiet achiever who has a heart of gold and a generous spirit.
Raymond has farming in his blood - as the second son of a dairy farmer he worked during the school holidays as a teenager carting hay and hand picking potatoes into sugar bags. At 18 years old he started growing his own potatoes and supplying a fish 'n chip shop in Timaru. Now, with over 40 years of farming behind him, and with a passion for a challenge Raymond is finally getting a chance to fulfil a life-held dream - to produce his own potato chips, in his own factory, from his own potatoes. How's that for quality control!
They say that behind every great man is a great woman and it couldn’t be more true when it comes to Adrienne Bowan.
Adrienne is one of those women who is a pure delight to know. She has a warm, welcoming personality with an under-lying strength of character that captures the true meaning of kiwi-hospitality.
Until a short time ago Adrienne worked as a teacher as well as raising the families three childen. Over the past two years she has become part of the driving force in helping Raymond realise his dream and together they have taken on the challenge of developing Heartland Potato Chips.
Daughter Charlotte who is a qualified Physical Education teacher has recently had a career change. Charlotte has worked her way from administration support to General Manager of Heartland Potato Chips. Charlotte and Nathan have two young children, Jackson and Millie.
James, the eldest is fully involved in the day to day running of the farm as the operations manager. He is married to Jess and they have three young children, Archie, Maisy and Greta. James is supportive of his fathers new venture and watches with pride the growth of Heartland Potato Chips.
Kate is Raymond and Adrienne's youngest child and has inherited her family's business gene. She not only works as a flight attendant for Air New Zealand but also runs her own business – Rural Beauty. Kate likes to be kept up to date with everything happening at Heartland Potato Chips and would one day like to be involved in the business.