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Grove Corporation

New South Wales firm expects big returns from citrus expansion

Grove Corporation is one of Australia's few vertically integrated juicing businesses. It has been converting the 2267-hectare cotton and barley fields of owner Dick Estens into Valencia orange orchards. Its current 400ha plantings will produce about 11,000 tons of fruit this year from 240,000 trees, climbing to 20,000 tons at tree maturity.

The fruit is juiced and bottled at facilities in Warwick and Brisbane, which have a combined capacity of over 75 million litres, that is sold through Australian supermarkets. Grove plans to extend that orchard to 1000ha by 2029, upgrade its factories, purchase new land and water to add table fruit to its offerings, as well as growing the brand and export market.


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