Equipment/Technology, New Zealand, Australia, News September 2020

New potato packing facility in Australia

Australia potato supplier, Pye, will invest $35 million in a new potato packing facility at Parilla, 210 kilometres east of Adelaide in South Australia’s Mallee.

Pye group director, Mark Pye, said the new washing and packing facility at Parilla will double the production capacity of the company’s existing Virginia potato packing facility in the heart of the market garden district north of metropolitan Adelaide.

That facility each year washes and packs over 50,000 tonnes of potatoes for delivery in South Australia, Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory. “The new packing facility will feature the best available optical grading and automated packing technology to revolutionise the way in which we process potatoes,” said Pye.

The potato packing facility is scheduled to be complete by mid-2021.

Source: Food and Beverage Industry News. Read the full story here
Photo: Award-winning potato grower Mark Pye began his business in a paddock at Parilla, and has since become one of the largest growers in Australia | Courtesy Stock journal

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