Regional Development Fund Grant Provides Help For Local Producer

Regional Development Fund Grant Provides Help For Local Producer

South Australia Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock

New Jobs Picked For Iconic Fruit Juice Producer

Victor P Taffa

Nippy’s will employ 12 more full-time staff after a new cold storage facility is built at its Waikerie plant with assistance from a $200,000 State Government Regional Development Fund (RDF) grant.

“We’ve all enjoyed Nippy’s juices and products for more than 50 years. This is a great outcome for South Australia.” Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock said.

“Company’s success in markets in Asia, as a result of our high quality produce, is a credit to both Nippy’s and the state’s fruit growers.”

RDF grant has been offered to the iconic South Australian citrus and fruit beverage producer to help fund the construction which will eliminate the company’s need to transport its premium fruit to Victoria for cold sterilisation.

57 people are employed at Nippy’s Waikerie where around 40,000 tonnes of fruit is handled each year for export to Vietnam, China and domestic markets.

Grant, announced today, will contribute to an $801,615 project to allow Nippy’s to construct a purpose-built cool room to bring in-house the cold sterilisation processing required by some export markets.

“New cold room facilities at Nippy’s Waikerie would improve the quality of our fruit for export and result in a lower price, both of which would help us to increase sales to the market in Asia to meet the demand for superb fruit produced in a clean environment.” Nippy’s Group Joint Managing Director Ben Knispel said.

Project involves building 1,285 cubic-metres of cold storage capacity, which will enable up to 50 tonnes of packed oranges to be cooled to 1º Celsius in a 36-hour timeframe.

New cool room facility will expand Nippy’s export capabilities by improving its competitiveness in the fresh fruit market in Asia.

Background

Nippy’s is a family owned and operated South Australian business. It produces a large variety of fruit juices, flavoured milks and sparkling mineral waters.

It acquired Waikerie Producers (now known as Nippy’s Waikerie) in 2002 and has since invested $1 Million at the site. It now processes 40,000 tonnes of fruit annually sourced from its own orchards and local producers.

State Government is also supporting the project through a $350,000 Future Jobs Fund loan.

Regional Development Fund (RDF) drives economic growth through grants to boost investment in regional infrastructure and the creation of jobs in South Australia.

RDF has been independently assessed by Ernst and Young. This assessment showed that projects supported by the RDF in the 2016-17 financial year alone would make an economic contribution to the state of over $1 Billion and create over 3,000 regional jobs.