Beverage giant Frucor Suntory has committed more than $400 million to build a new beverage manufacturing facility in Ipswich, Queensland.
Taka Sanno, Suntory Beverage & Food Apac CEO, said the decision to build the plant reflects the company’s confidence in its potential growth in Australia.
“We see outstanding growth opportunities and world-class talent across the Oceania region and this facility plays a critical role in realising our plans.”
The factory will be built on a 17ha site in the New-Gen Business Park in the suburb of Swanbank, about 6km from Ipswich’s CBD.
This plant will have a capacity of up to 20 million cases of drinks annually and could be scaled up further in the future. It will be able to produce multiple types of beverages and include processing, packaging, warehousing and distribution facilities.
Subject to securing planning approvals, Frucor Suntory aims to commence construction in the third quarter of this year and commence production mid next year.
“In line with our Suntory ‘Growing for Good’ vision, we want the new facility to set a benchmark for our investment into sustainable technologies to drive efficiency and minimise our carbon footprint,” added CEO Darren Fullerton.
The company evaluated sites in several states and Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk described Frucor Suntory’s decision as “another big win for Queensland”.
“The value of attracting this investment to Queensland will have significant benefits for our economic recovery and most importantly, it will create new jobs for Queenslanders.