Victorian Government backs two fruit and vegetable producers to grow their operations

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Two Goulburn Valley fruit and vegetable producers are set to more than 100 new jobs with support from the Victorian Government’s Regional Jobs Fund.

Family-owned business Flavorite, which owns a hydroponic farm in Tatura, is investing in a new multi-million dollar glasshouse.

In addition to gaining the ability to process and package products on site, the investment will allow the company to hire 60 new workers and grow more produce year-round in a temperature and pest-controlled glasshouse.

It will also help Flavorite to become more sustainable by using world-leading European technology that focuses on reducing CO2 emissions to reduce waste.

Fruit grower Kalpack has also received support through the Regional Jobs Fund. The company is investing in an organic fruit packing and processing facility that will sort fruit by size, ripeness and defects to help reduce waste.

The $6 million facility in Shepparton will see Kalpack expand its workforce with 50 new full-time workers.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said a new round of the Regional Jobs Fund opened earlier this year and would be available throughout 2021 to companies seeking to grow their operations.

“The Goulburn Valley is one of Victoria’s best fruit and vegetable producers – that’s why we are backing projects that give local companies the confidence to grow and create more jobs for the region,” Mr Symes concluded.

Image Credit: <a href=”vic.gov.au”>Victoria State Government</a>