Big growth for baby salad leaves

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

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.

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