Big growth for baby salad leaves
TASMANIAN salad producer Houston’s Farm has opened a new production facility in the state’s South-East.
The $5.8 million facility is a state-of-the art baby-leaf production centre at the company’s Forcett Farm.
By developing the 40ha Dodge Farm, the company has created an 80ha production unit that is aiming to underpin the company’s national supermarket supply contracts and new export Kong.
The development at Forcett will provide 15 direct jobs and promote wider regional employment opportunities in the Sorell district.
The Houston’s development is utilising the latest in farming technology.
Houston’s has been creating innovative products for some 30 years and has pioneered practices and techniques growth to Hong that now see Tasmanian salads on shop shelves across Australia.
The company is also seeking to expand its export markets. Houston’s participated in the State Government’s recent trade mission to Asia, building on the foothold it has already established in Hong Kong.
The State Government has provided a loan of $1.4 million to assist with the expansion and a grant of $700,000.