•Project will secure the future of the Lemnos facility and 250 full-time jobs
•Victorian Coalition Government supports food manufacturing in Goulburn Valley
Campbell’s will invest $5 million at its Lemnos facility to boost exports of canned food products to Asia by up to $14 million a year, a project that will secure the future of 250 full-time jobs in the Goulburn Valley.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan joined Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell at Lemnos today to announce the Victorian Coalition Government would provide $300,000 to support the $5 million investment.
“Established at Lemnos in 1962, Campbell’s food manufacturing facility employs around 250 full-time staff making soups, stocks, sauces and juices for domestic and export markets,” Mr Ryan said.
“The closure of a Campbell Soups facility in the USA has provided the Lemnos site with the opportunity to increase production of canned soup for export to Asia, particularly Japan and Hong Kong.
“The $5 million investment will boost exports of processed food products from the facility by up to $14 million a year, while also generating additional sales of Victorian products and services, including cans, packaging, meat and fresh produce.
“This investment will support the continued development of new products and food innovation leading to new market opportunities both domestically and via export.
“This investment has secured the long-term future of Campbell’s Lemnos facility and in doing so secured the future for the 250 full-time employees.”
Mrs Powell welcomed the investment and said the $5 million project was another vote of confidence in the Goulburn Valley and Victoria’s food processing industry, following the recent $22 million investment to secure the future of SPC Ardmona in the Goulburn Valley.
“It is great to see Campbell’s USA parent supporting reinvestment in the Goulburn Valley,” Mrs Powell said.
“The Lemnos site was in direct competition to secure this project with other Campbell Soup manufacturing facilities across USA, China, Malaysia and Europe.
“Securing this project locally is further proof there is a bright future for food manufacturing in the Goulburn Valley.”
Mr Ryan said the Coalition Government had provided Campbell’s with funding from its regional investment program Industries for Today and Tomorrow.
“The Coalition Government is committed to promoting growth across the state’s manufacturing industry by supporting projects such as this, which attract new investment, boost productivity and grow exports and jobs,” Mr Ryan said.
“Through our Industries for Today and Tomorrow program we have also invested funding to support other local job creating projects including funding to support the creation 52 full-time jobs as part of a $40 million investment at Pactum Dairy Group in Shepparton, as well as the creation of a further 20 jobs as part of $21 million investment at Kagome in Echuca.”
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