Pye Group AUD35m Expansion to Boost Regional Economy
Australia’s leading potato supplier will invest AUD35m in a new potato packing facility at Parilla, 210 km east of Adelaide, in South Australia’s Mallee.
The Pye Group’s multi-million-dollar investment in its Parilla Premium Potatoes and Zerella Fresh brands will help feed growing demand for potatoes in Australia. It will inject an estimated USD42m into the regional Mallee economy and create 40 new local jobs.
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 tons 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 revolutionize the way in which we process potatoes. The new Parilla facility will ensure the best possible quality controls and minimize waste. It is 260 km and three hours closer by road to our Eastern states customers and offers faster delivery,” said Pye.
The potato packing facility is scheduled to be complete by mid-2021.