New packaging line at Heinz Echuca.


A $3.2 million investment in a new shelf friendly packing line is great news for the Echuca region.

Heinz Echuca is investing $3.2million in a new shelf friendly packaging line which is the single largest investment the site has received, since it opened 11 years ago.
Site manager Matt Pain said the investment allows the company to focus on the key area of customer service.
"Shelf Friendly Packaging reduces handling time for the supermarkets," Mr Pain said.
"Rather than taking individual cans and jars out of cartons to place on shelf the new format allows the entire pack to be placed directly on shelf. This significantly reduces the handling time for supermarket staff."
Mr Pain said it was very exciting for the Echuca site to have this level of investment.
"The site was constructed as a baby food centre of excellence and this is another step towards keeping the site as a world class facility.
"Our focus is always on achieving a high level of customer service and this investment will ensure that we can maintain this going forward."
Works for the project have already commenced and are due to be completed later in the year.
Heinz Echuca employs just over 100 staff, in addition to local contractors who also work on the site.
The site produces 13000 tonnes of baby food annually, which is sold all around Australia and New Zealand and exported throughout Asia, the Middle East and Pacific region.
Member for Murray Sharman took a tour of the site last week, where she saw firsthand the baby food produced.
She was impressed by the factory and tour and said the investment in the new shelf friendly packaging line was good news for the region.
She completed her visit with a morning tea and chat with the staff.


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