North West region of Tasmania

Massy-Greene Drive cold-storage potato facility opened by McCain

A storage facility capable of storing 11,000 tonnes of potatoes has opened at South Burnie. The facility can hold 9,000 tonnes in cold-storage long term as well as a further 2,000 tonnes in short term storage. It is run by McCain.

Plant operator Rodney Smith said the facility is truly "world-class". quoted him as saying: "This is a controlled climate so you get every potato and you regulate the airflow so everything is even. So you're slowly putting them to sleep.”

He said potatoes can be stored "very comfortably" in the facility for in excess of six months every year. The facility has been designed by refrigeration expert Terry Rabson in conjunction with Stubbs Construction.

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