Snackfoods giant Mondelez has introduced a USD13m state-of-the-art packaging line at its Gourmet Food manufacturing site as part of its USD25m investment plan since acquiring the business in 2021.
The new packaging line aims to increase production of the Olina’s Bakehouse Artisan crackers range by 35%, open up export opportunities, and drive more demand for locally sourced ingredients.
Fully operational, the facility is powered by 100% renewable electricity through Mondelez International’s renewable power purchase agreement with Pacific Blue Retail.
The initiative will reduce the carbon footprint from the facility by 44% (against a 2023 baseline) and complement the company’s Ringwood and Scoresby factories already powered by renewable energy.
Bevan Tippet, MD, Gourmet Food, says the investment demonstrates the brand’s commitment to providing consumers with an “exceptional range” of biscuits and premium crackers.
“The investment will increase the production of our prominent Olina’s Artisan range by a third, as we meet growing local and export demand,” he added.
“Already, 20% of our volumes are exported overseas, and this investment will equip us to explore and capture opportunities to showcase our Australian-made products to the world.”