New 6ha addition to Tatura site capable of producing 4,000 tonnes of tomatoes a year

Flavorite has cut the ribbon on the new 6ha glasshouse located at its Tatura site in Victoria, increasing the company’s tomato production capacity.

The multi-million dollar facility is set to produce a further 4,000 tonnes of tomatoes a year and increase Flavorite’s employee base in the Goulburn Valley region from 110 to 170 employees.

The development was partly funded by the Victorian state government’s Victorian Business Growth Fund and the Regional Jobs Fund. Flavorite welcomed treasurer Tim Pallas and minister for regional development Harriet Shing to the Tatura site to officially open the glasshouse on 20 July.

Flavorite’s chief executive Mike Nichol said the investment will see the company’s total production under glass grow from 58ha to 64ha with more to come. Flavorite also has plans to add another 12ha glasshouse, 40 megalitre dam and a 120,000m² packhouse to the Tatura site.

“With the support from the Victorian Government, Roc Partners, Spirit Super and Aware Super, we have been able to build a six-hectare state-of-the-art glasshouse facility here in the Goulburn Valley. This project will help grow our business, diversify our product range, create more jobs for regional Victoria and drive sustainable agriculture,” said Nichol.

“Without these initiatives and partnerships, we wouldn’t be able to achieve our vision for growth. It just shows what can be achieved when government and industry work together.”