Birch & Waite launches new Australian factory
Birch & Waite has launched its new $13.5 million factory in Sydney’s Revesby, including an Australian-first Shaking Retort. It is the first commercial sized machine of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Australian food manufacturer is a family-owned company that employs over 100 staff at its Marrickville factory. The new site will create up to 45 full time jobs.
Containing high-speed packaging machines and state-of-the-art equipment, the site is set to drive over $20 million in growth for the business. A $4 million turnover is predicted for its first year of operation, which will focus on the firm’s specialty health range, sachet packing and processing.
“The new technology allows for a higher vitamin retention and lower salt use, while retaining a superior taste with a longer shelf life and no preservatives,” says David Charles, general manager of Birch & Waite. “High pH sauces that contain fresh ingredients will keep their full flavour, nutritional value and freshness thanks to the quick thermal cooking process it allows. The end results are products that taste as if a chef has just created them.”
“As a chef, the choice of ingredients is the most important and critical part to a successful recipe,” says chef Tetsuya Wakuda.
I have found Birch and Waite to comply to this philosophy with an uncompromising drive. This new facility and state of the art technology will not only continue this admirable tradition, but lift the bar for everyone else in the industry.”
The new launch comes on the back of growth averaging 15 percent cumulative per annum for the last 16 years.