Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP has today announced that a Bomaderry based beverages company will automate its production line to meet the growing demand for plant based milk products and support producers with bottling and distribution, thanks to the NSW Government’s Regional Job Creation Fund.
Mr Ward said that a $130,000 grant will enable South Coast Juice to purchase a refrigerated truck and upgrade its production line with an automated bottling and capping machine, creating seven full time jobs.
“I am delighted that South Coast Juice will use the new equipment to upscale its production capacity, which will help turbocharge its daily output from 1,000 litres to 20,000 litres and meet the growing demand for oat milk products,” he said.
“South Coast Juice will use this funding to transition away from a manual production process, enabling the company to provide more products and services that will boost its output capacity and support local producers.
“This expanded capacity will also allow South Coast Juice to produce products for other local businesses, which will support the growing local network of wellness focused enterprises and get more Shoalhaven product onto shelves.
“Helping companies like South Coast Juice expand its operations will help stimulate our local economy, boost livelihoods and create local employment opportunities,” Mr Ward said.
“Providing businesses with the opportunity to fast track their growth plans and expand their operations means they can increase their production, attract more investment and create new jobs today, which is great news for the local economy.
“Setting businesses up for success helps the local community grow and new jobs mean more people earning a wage and spending their pay packets in local stores, cafés, restaurants and on local goods and services,” Mr Ward said.
The Regional Job Creation Fund supports eligible businesses with grants to purchase new equipment, expand facilities, acquire technology, create new production lines or establish businesses in regional NSW.
Round one of the Regional Job Creation Fund has now closed. A second round will open in early 2022.
For more information, please go to: investregionalnsw.com/RJCFund.