Power 500 is a catalogue of Western Australia's most influential business leaders across the state's major industries.
Nick Tana was featured in 2023 in the Retail, food and agribusiness section.
Nick Tana is an experienced businessman and Australia’s biggest producer of carrots, celery and onions. He owns vegetable grower Sumich Group which produces more than 140,000 tonnes of fresh vegetables annually in Western Australia and Tasmania for the export and Australian markets. Mr Tana also owns West Hills Farm which is located in Lancelin, and is the largest carrot grower in Australia along with North East Equity which owns prime irrigated farming land in Guilderton, Myalup, Lancelin and Gingin.
Mr Tana was a majority owner of the Australian Fast Food Group of companies which owned the Red Rooster and Chicken Treat chain of stores. The group developed a sophisticated and successful franchise system and operated 450 company and franchised stores. He also owned and built Freshlink Exports which exported fresh vegetables from WA. Mr Tana was part of the consortium chosen as the preferred bidder for the Perth Markets site and operations.
In 1995, Mr Tana created the Perth Glory Soccer Club and was instrumental in the $120m redevelopment of Perth Oval by the State Government. He relinquished his licence to Football Australia in 2006. In June 2021, Mr Tana was appointed by Football West as the inaugural chair of Football Futures Foundation which has been set up to support, mentor and invest in people from diverse and priority backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
He was named Champion of Entrepreneurship at EY's 2019 Entrepreneur Of The Year Western Region awards.