South Australian company D’VineRipe, a leading producer of vine-ripened truss tomatoes, has announced a $42 million stage-four upgrade which is set to create 150 full-time jobs and transform the company into the largest facility of its type in Australia.
Premier Jay Weatherill issued a news release – following his tour of the D’VineRipe facility in Two Wells, 40km north of Adelaide – commending the company for its successful operation.
“D’VineRipe is a great example of what a business can achieve in partnership with Government,” he said.
“This stage four 8.2 hectare expansion will increase production by nearly 25 per cent and create 150 new full-time jobs.”
D’VineRipe is a joint venture alliance between Perfection Fresh Australia and The Victor Smorgon Group and began operating in 2007.
“These are the sort of smart industries that our state needs to look towards as our traditional manufacturing sector transforms,” the Premier said.
“The Two Wells glasshouse uses leading climate-control systems and efficient energy sources to create a product that is both sustainable and economically successful.”
The company has spent around $100 million in three previous upgrades and currently has about 400 employees.
“This facility has been at the forefront of technical innovation since its inception. Our further expansion will continue this trend, with the introduction of Kubo’s “Ultra-Clima” technology, which will allow our team greater control of the atmospheric conditions inside of the glasshouse, whilst using less energy to produce a greater crop,” said Peter Edwards, the Managing Director of the Victor Smorgon Group.
“Additionally, we hope to introduce technology, as part of this expansion that will allow us to substantially replace fossil fuels with a renewable energy source. As part of the Perfection Fresh group, we hope to be able to continue to provide innovations in the Fruit and Vegetable sector, and continue to bring innovative and quality produce to both the Australian and Overseas markets.”
The South Australian Government provided support with necessary infrastructure, such as natural gas, water and electricity upgrades for the first stages of the development.