In an effort to relieve production stress on New Zealand operations, beverage manufacturing giant Frucor Suntory has announced a $400 million facility in Ipswich, Queensland.
Frucor was started in NZ nearly 60 years ago and was acquired by the Japanese group Suntory only ten years ago. They currently manufacture some of New Zealand and Australia's favourite beverage brands, such as Ribena, h2go, Pepsi, Up & Go, and Mountain Dew. Work on their new 17-hectare site is said to start at the end of this year.
The new factory will be able to produce up to 20 million cases of drink each year. An investment that not only benefits the company but also the local Queensland area. The building project is set to provide 450 construction jobs, and there will be 160 full-time roles within the centre when it begins operations around mid-2024.
Despite the large hardships the last few years have brought, the company feels incredibly lucky to be able to undertake such an expansion and is excited for further growth opportunities that it might provide.