$5m boost for pack­ing fa­cil­i­ties

NZ Grower - - Product Group Onions Nz - By Glenys Christian

pro­gramme, as well as strong growth in the num­ber of grow­ers and farm­ers join­ing up. Graeme Peters, chair of the Agre­cov­ery Foun­da­tion, says the pro­gramme’s num­ber one strate­gic pri­or­ity is in­creas­ing the amount of plas­tic re­moved from ru­ral ar­eas. “A record year shows that the plans put in place by the board and car­ried out by its man­age­ment team are on the right track. “The 60 com­pa­nies which support Agre­cov­ery through pay­ing a levy on plas­tic con­tain­ers will be pleased that their money is be­ing spent in the right area – in­creas­ing the re­cy­cling of their con­tain­ers,” says Peters. You can ac­cess a record of your re­cy­cling ac­tiv­i­ties by log­ging on to the “Mem­bers” page at www.agre­cov­ery. co.nz or sim­ply call freephone 0800 247 326 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Re­cy­cling your con­tain­ers is sim­ple:

STEP 1: PRE­PARE YOUR CON­TAIN­ERS

• Empty and triple rinsed • Free from dirt and chem­i­cal residue inside and

out

• Plas­tic up to and in­clud­ing 60 litres in size

• La­bel left on for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion • Prod­ucts be­long­ing to our par­tic­i­pat­ing brand

own­ers can be re­cy­cled for FREE.

STEP 2: LO­CATE YOUR LO­CAL COL­LEC­TION SITE

There are more than 70 col­lec­tion sites across NZ. Plus large users can con­tact us for on-prop­erty col­lec­tion (300+ con­tain­ers)

STEP 3: DROP OFF AND IN­SPEC­TION

All con­tain­ers are in­spected be­fore ac­cep­tance. This en­sures your safety and that of those op­er­at­ing the pro­gramme. We'll also give you a col­lec­tion re­ceipt to prove you've re­cy­cled your con­tain­ers through Agre­cov­ery.

The pur­chase of Snap Fresh Foods by United States company Golden State Foods (GSF), will see a $5 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of fresh salad and veg­etable pack­ing fa­cil­i­ties in South Auck­land.

The deal, which was an­nounced in mid-Au­gust, will see Snap Fresh Foods move from its cur­rent lo­ca­tion to GSF’s Pa­p­a­toe­toe premises. Plans to ex­pand the GSF fac­tory in­clude a new site for sprouts and dou­ble the cur­rent pro­cess­ing area. Staff num­bers will sub­stan­tially in­crease when the new fa­cil­ity be­gins op­er­a­tion, and this will have a di­rect im­pact on the dra­matic ex­pan­sion and the num­ber of pack­ages pro­duced in the new fac­tory. Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of GSF Aus­trala­sia, John Wafer, met en­gi­neers soon after the deal was signed and said he en­vis­aged con­struc­tion of the en­larged fac­tory tak­ing be­tween 12 and 15 months. Un­til then it was business as usual for both the Auck­land sites. Ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent and op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of GSF, Neil Crack­nell, said GSF looked for­ward to ex­pand­ing its food­ser­vice business and en­ter­ing the re­tail sec­tor. The ad­di­tion of Snap Fresh Foods pro­vided great growth op­por­tu­ni­ties, par­tic­u­larly in re­tail sal­ads, while also pro­vid­ing new prod­ucts and ca­pa­bil­i­ties to ex­ist­ing food­ser­vice cus­tomers. The new GSF fa­cil­ity will in­clude a view­ing gallery to pro­vide vis­i­tors with some in­sight into the op­er­a­tion. “We’ve had a very pos­i­tive re­sponse from our cus­tomers,” said John. “They like the idea of in­no­va­tion com­ing through into the business.” GSF was es­tab­lished in 1947 in Los An­ge­les, with the in­ten­tion of sup­ply­ing meat prod­ucts to restau­rants and ho­tels. An as­so­ci­a­tion with McDon­ald’s soon be­gan and GSF be­came a pri­mary sup­plier in 1967. The company grew to be­come a US$6 bil­lion dol­lar cor­po­ra­tion. GSF de­vel­ops

hun­dreds of new prod­ucts ev­ery year based on chang­ing con­sumer pref­er­ences. It now ser­vices 125,000 stores in five con­ti­nents from 44 fa­cil­i­ties world­wide. The company also has a joint ven­ture ar­range­ment with Tay­lor Fresh Foods (known as Tay­lor Farms). Founded by Bruce Tay­lor and part­ners in 1995, Tay­lor Farms aimed to be­come Amer­ica’s favourite salad maker. They now have 11 pro­cess­ing plants across the United States as well as one in Mex­ico. They are the largest pro­duce sup­plier for McDon­ald’s and run an in­te­grated pro­duc­tion sys­tem from seed to de­liv­ery. As well as pack­ing for their part­ners, they also sup­ply pro­duce un­der their own brands. Essen­tia Foods, a business formed by John Wafer and John Hall, sup­plied salad and vegetables to McDon­ald’s in New Zealand from the 1990s. Essen­tia was sold to GSF in 2009, but Wafer stayed on to man­age the Aus­tralian and New Zealand di­vi­sion after the sale. He said the company was “con­sol­i­dat­ing our foot­print and there’s plenty of pro­vi­sion for fur­ther growth. That’s the big op­por­tu­nity.” For Snap Fresh Foods to con­tinue de­liv­er­ing the best qual­ity prod­ucts, for­mer owner of Snap, Ash­ley Ber­ry­smith, said “it was ideal to join the two to­gether.” He’s now a ded­i­cated sup­ply part­ner to GSF and has gone back to work­ing more on the farms. Ash­ley de­scribes the move as go­ing back to his roots and is also look­ing for­ward to spend­ing more time with the Ber­ry­smith Foun­da­tion, a char­ity en­cour­ag­ing New Zealan­ders to eat more fruit and vegetables. Snap Fresh Foods’ core brands, Krisp­kut, Fresh Har­vest, Farmer Bill’s and Sprout­man will re­main, how­ever pack vari­a­tions will be ra­tio­nalised. Sales and mar­ket­ing man­ager, Stephen Twinn, said “we’ll look to what hap­pens in the States and in­te­grate some of Tay­lor Farms’ ideas”. GSF Auck­land was re­cently judged “best per­form­ing fa­cil­ity” across a range of ob­jec­tive per­for­mance cri­te­ria in­clud­ing qual­ity, safety, sus­tain­abil­ity and fi­nan­cial achieve­ment. Wafer said the ex­ist­ing GSF staff had re­sponded well to the pur­chase of Snap Fresh Foods. “And we are de­lighted that all of the ex­ist­ing Snap Fresh staff have agreed to join us.”

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