Funding a fillip to SW drink firm
Lower South West juice creators NewLeaf Orchards has received $150,000 in State Government funding to increase processing capacity and enter new product markets.
The non-alcoholic juice business was one of 24 successful applications that will share in $4.2 million awarded through round two of the Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund.
NewLeaf owners Kate and Dave Baker said it was great to see State Government initiatives encouraging the growth of small family businesses in regional Australia.
“NewLeaf Orchards’ success is a testament to the continued support we’ve received over the last eight years from the local community, farmers and retailers,” Mrs Baker said.
“There is no question high quality produce helps to create a high quality product and we’re incredibly lucky to be living in this beautiful part of the Australia.
“We are delighted to have received funding that will help continue to showcase our region for what it is — world class.”
The aim of the grants is to support regional expansion, diversification, reducing risk and improve technology investment activities.
Grants are expected to generate a co-investment of $9.9 million and create an estimated 150 jobs in the regions.
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the breadth of projects which had been successful under the funding round was testament to the diversity, ingenuity and commitment of food and beverage producers in Western Australia.
“The grants will enable these businesses to more confidently invest in new projects, technology or expansion opportunities,” she said.
“We are pleased to see there have been strong outcomes from the first round of this fund in bringing forward investment in our regions, subsequently helping businesses expand and employ more people.”
There is no question high quality produce helps to create a high quality product and we’re incredibly lucky to be living in this beautiful part of the Australia. NewLeaf Orchards co-owner Kate Baker