Mango mad­ness

Central and North Burnett Times - - THE FENCE POST -

THERE’S mango mad­ness at Cen­tral Fruit Pack­ers as 40 en­thu­si­as­tic work­ers over a six-week pe­riod, pre­pare 85,000-90,000 trays of first grade man­goes.

The fruit is for­warded to Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and Bris­bane mar­kets.

Gen­eral man­ager of Mun­dub­bera CFP Brent Cham­bers said em­ploy­ing lo­cal young peo­ple on hol­i­days worked well for ev­ery­one.

“We are get­ting our fruit packed by peo­ple on their way to univer­sity or are home from uni,” Mr Cham­bers said.

“Em­ploy­ment is an is­sue that we have to ap­proach con­stantly through the year and we need to stay on top of it the best way we can.”

CFP em­ploy a per­ma­nent staff as there is al­ways some sort of fruit to be pro­cessed through­out the year and em­ploys ca­sual work­ers as needed.

Ca­su­als can range from a hand­ful to more than 100 at the height of the cit­rus sea­son.

Lo­cal peo­ple are al­ways given pri­or­ity and we fill the other stops with back­pack­ers who are al­ways look­ing for work in the fac­tory,” Mr Cham­bers said.

Tons of fresh man­goes that are not up to stan­dard be­cause of scratches, spots or the fruit is too hard is for­warded to the Mun­dub­bera Juice fac­tory for pro­cess­ing into mango puree.

That puree is sold in 190kg drums to com­pa­nies such as Weis.

PHOTO: NI­COLA BRAN­DER

MUN­DUB­BERA MAN­GOES: Up to 90,000 trays will be packed bound for the mar­kets.

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