Juicy news for Apple Isle

Media Release

FN008/2017

30 January 2017

Joint release with:

Michael Cooper

Managing Director

Eric Abetz

Senator for Tasmania

  • $2.95 million upgrade to Juicy Isle processing plant now complete.
  • Plant to increase production and produce their own PET bottles.
  • Major boost for local employment.

Major upgrades to Juicy Isle's beverage manufacturing plant are now complete with the official opening celebrated in Hobart today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Coalition Government's investment helped Juicy Isle to modernise and expand its plant.

“Local farmers are big winners from this upgrade as the plant will now take more of their clean, green local produce,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to and projects like this help build those communities.”

Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz said the Coalition Government invested $1.25 million towards the upgrades through the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package.

“This upgrade created five direct and 10 indirect jobs ongoing on top of the construction jobs during the building works,” Senator Abetz said.

“We are committed to partnering with the private sector to deliver more jobs, productivity improvements and economic growth.

“Upgrades to Juicy Isle's processing plant include the installation of a new bottling line, water treatment plant and production line equipment.”

Managing Director of Juicy Isle Michael Cooper said the grant enabled a major factory upgrade to the main power supply, which is vital for facilitating additional growth.

“The new bottling line gives us the ability to make our own bottles as part of the filling process, reducing the need for us to store large amounts of empty bottles,” Mr Cooper said.

“The upgrade has increased safety for our staff while also growing the volume, variety and quality of products that can be produced.

“The largest benefit is an increase in the factory's capacity by an extra 11 Million litres per annum, allowing Juicy Isle to take its well-known brands, including Hartz, Juicy Isle, Earth Juice & Good Apple to new markets interstate and overseas.”

Juicy Isle manufactures over 180 different beverages using many local suppliers and is a significant contributor to the Tasmanian economy, employing close to 100 staff.

The Juicy Isle Capability and Capacity Expansion Project was jointly funded with the Coalition Government investing $1,250,000 and Juicy Isle contributing $1,701,922.