Murray Bridge, (16 May 2016): Australia’s leading poultry producer Ingham’s Enterprises announced today it is investing $275 million in its South Australian operations which will generate more than 850 jobs over the next two years.
Ingham’s CEO Mick McMahon said Ingham’s facilities would be expanded to significantly increase its capacity throughout the production chain.
This includes new breeder farms at Monarto and Yumali, a hatchery expansion at Murraylands, new contract grower farms and an upgrade of the primary processing plant at Bolivar, a potential new feedmill at Murray Bridge and other investments.
The vast majority of the projects, which are being supported with a $3.7 million contribution from the South Australian Government, are already underway and will be completed over the next year. Mr McMahon joined South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill MP, Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock MP and Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith MP for the announcement at Murray Bridge today.
“Chicken is the most popular meat in Australia and the demand continues to grow. We supply more than one third of the nation’s chicken production with our South Australian sites supplying the eastern seaboard and Western Australia,” he said.
“To meet the growth in demand, we are increasing our investment in the business over the next few years in Australia and the majority of this will be in South Australia,” Mr McMahon said.
Ingham’s supplies local customers such as Foodland, Drakes and food service companies, as well as Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and KFC both in South Australia and from South Australia into the Eastern states and across to Western Australia.
The expansion is expected to create 385 new jobs with the company, over 450 with contractor firms and provide up to 700 jobs in the construction phase itself.
Ingham’s already has direct employment equivalent of over 1600 full-time employees in South Australia and this is expected to grow to nearly 2000 as a consequence of this investment.
“Chicken provides consumers with high quality, low cost, healthy meal options. We are fortunate to be in a growing business and we continue to invest in that growth creating jobs and opportunities for local companies as we do so,” Mr McMahon said.
Ingham’s is Australia and New Zealand’s leading integrated poultry producer supplying leading retail, quick service restaurant and food service customers, processing 4 million birds per week and employing more than 8,000 people across its 260 farms, eight hatcheries, eight feed mills, seven primary processing and five further processing plants.
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