Andrews Govt Future Industries Manufacturing Program Goes To Work

Andrews Govt Future Industries Manufacturing Program Goes To Work

Victoria Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan

A Passion In Pasta And Appetite For Jobs

Victor P Taffa

A local supplier of fresh pasta and ready-made meals in Derrimut is creating new jobs and expanding production as the Andrews Government puts local manufacturing first.

Visiting Passion Pasta, Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan announced the company had received a grant from the State Government’s Future Industries Manufacturing Program.

Visiting Passion Pasta will use the funding to create 10 new jobs, and purchase and install a new boiler, cooker and freezer.

“We’re proud to get behind businesses like Passion Pasta to ensure we create new jobs, expand local manufacturing and open up export opportunities.” Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan said.

“This is a classic example of a business going from strength to strength, and we’ll continue to give them the support they need.”

$1.3 Million project will help the company cook, pasteurise and sterilise fresh meals ready for shipment to market. It will also boost cooking production rates and increase product shelf life from 10 to 60 days.

Exports are expected to be boosted by the grant with a projected 3.5 Million extra sales of fresh meals over the first 5 years of the project.

Passion Pasta targets caterers, delicatessens, restaurants, airlines and food service outlets and exports to Asia and the Middle East.

Family-owned, the company was founded in 2003 and provides a wide range of premium fresh, frozen and dry pasta, ready-made pasta meals, gluten free pasta and stir through pasta sauces.

“It’s great to see a family-owned company like Passion Pasta making big strides across the hospitality sector and in our export markets.” Member for Kororoit Marlene Kairouz said.

21 projects are already underway and the grant builds on support for Victorian manufacturers that are expected to create 180 new full time jobs.

Companies can apply for grants of up to $500,000 under the $13 Million Future Industries Manufacturing Program.