Agribusiness & Food

New flour mill to be built in Ballarat

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A $132.9 million investment into George Weston Foods’ new Mauri flour mill in Ballarat will create 220 jobs and support 1300 local businesses.

Building the new flour mill in the Ballarat West Employment Zone will create up to a further 320 jobs during construction.

George Weston Foods’ new investments across Victoria include a new national Tip Top boutique bakery in Bendigo, relocating its Golden Crumpet manufacturing line from Adelaide to Dandenong, upgrading its Don KRC business in Castlemaine to grow exports and expanding its Yumi’s plant in Hallam to increase production.

Industry Support and Recovery Minister Martin Pakula said the Victorian Government is supporting investments like this because they help strengthen the local supply chain and Victoria’s position as a leader in food manufacturing.

“A major company like George Weston Foods choosing to expand in Victoria will drive economic growth in our food manufacturing sector and create new jobs across the state,” Pakula said.

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George Weston Foods employs 3000 staff across eight sites in Victoria and is one of the largest private sector employers in the state with half of its workforce employed in regional Victoria.

“We are excited to be investing in the future of sustainable agriculture and food production in Victoria. This new flour mill, together with other investments, enables us to continue to grow our Tip Top, Abbotts, Don and Yumi’s brands whilst also being better able to serve the needs of our Mauri customers,” George Weston Foods Chief Executive Stuart Grainger said.

Victoria has one of the largest and most established food and beverage manufacturing sectors in the nation, valued at around $38 billion and employing around 72,000 people.

“The development of this flour mill cements Ballarat’s reputation as a manufacturing hub and brings highly skilled jobs to the region,” Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison said.

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