Victorian Deputy Premier Peter Ryan will visit Japan next month to talk to Kagome owners about plans to expand production at its Echuca-based plant.By Trent Horneman
Victorian Deputy Premier Peter Ryan will meet Japanese owners of food manufacturer Kagome during a trip to Japan next month.
Mr Ryan will talk to the owners about plans to expand production to take in new produce and export opportunities for the Echuca-based plant.
Mr Ryan toured the Echuca plant yesterday and met its management team.
During the trip, he saw the company’s new $6 million evaporation tower and spoke about expansion plans.
Mr Ryan said Kagome’s plans could secure or even create jobs and the State Government should help where it could.
‘‘Much in the way of support for Fonterra today and another announcement in another part of the state I am making tomorrow, these plans are promoting employment and regional development,’’ he said.
‘‘In Victoria, 270,000 people are employed in the manufacturing industry, a third of that is in regional Australia and a third of that number is in food manufacturing.
‘‘It is significant industry in this state.’’
Mr Ryan said he would talk to the Japanese owners about issues with technology upgrades, which would improve production and strategies to lower production costs.
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