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