Innovative company Freeze Dry Industries has officially opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility on the Sunshine Coast.
The modern manufacturing facility based in Yandina is the first of its kind in Queensland and uses the latest technology freeze dryers to dry Australian fresh fruits, vegetables and other raw materials to develop highly nutritional products.
Mayor Mark Jamieson joined Freeze Dry Founder and CEO Michael Buckley for the official opening today.
Mayor Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast was fast becoming known as an Australian food innovation and nutrition powerhouse.
“Freeze Dry Industries’ investment builds on the presence of international success stories Gourmet Garden and CoYo and national leaders such as The Happy Snack Company and Country Chef among many others,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“We encourage more food players to look at our region.
“The food and agribusiness industry is one of the seven high-value industries identified in our Regional Economic Development Strategy, and currently contributes more than $670 million to our local economy, with significant growth seen in the region’s food processing sector.
“I’m very pleased to welcome Freeze Dry Industries into our local business community and our food industry, and wish them well for their business and future growth.”
Buckley said the new facility was an exciting step, using new Australian technology to turn raw material into something tasty and healthy.
“The official opening today of our new facility is a huge step for us, something that I’ve been looking forward to over the past 12 months,” Buckley said.
Freeze Dry Industries employs between five and 10 staff and is expecting to grow to 20 to 30 staff as export opportunities increase. They are also expecting to double the capacity of their factory.