Friday 26 October 2012
Dried fruit problems
The peak body for the dried vine fruits industry has welcomed Angas Park's decision to modernise its operations in Irymple, near Mildura in Victoria.
Manassen Foods, the owner of Angas Park, has announced the closure of its South Australian factories as part of a realignment of its operations.
The move is expected to happen next year, costing up to 60 jobs and ending 100 years of dried fruit processing in South Australia.
Dried Fruits Australia chairman Mark King says while processing jobs will be lost in South Australia, growers will still be able to send their fruit to local receival sites.
"They are going to spend considerable dollars on the Irymple plant and make it modern and the latest technology, which further down the track I would like to think will help all growers, whether they are tree fruit or dried fruit growers as in vines, becuase the more modern the plant, the greater the throughput and the cheaper the costs that come back to the growers."
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