Simplot Australia says a $65 million upgrade to its Bathurst manufacturing facility in New South Wales’ Central West will transform the site. Simplot is the last Australian grown frozen and shelf-stable vegetable provider of any scale in Australia, with six manufacturing sites. It sources around 400,000 tons of Australian grown vegetables every year and employs roughly 2000 people.
The Bathurst plant produces Birds Eye and Edgell shelf-stable and frozen vegetable products as well as the iconic Chiko Roll. It has been in operation for nearly 100 years and employs 170 people while working with 50 local businesses and growers in the region.
Simplot Australia’s managing director Graham Dugdale said, “It will transform the Bathurst site into a frozen vegetable centre of excellence, enable increased production capacity, and ultimately help boost local and export volumes.”