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Seasonal workers needed at Flavorite
A major expansion of Flavorite’s production capacity will see the company embark on a major staff recruitment drive in coming weeks.
More than 50 new jobs will come online as the Warragul company commissions a new glasshouse into production and prepares for its peak season.
Bringing your fave flavours to the table.
Flavorite is family owned with three generations of experience in growing and supplying premium fresh, flavourful produce from their four Victorian farms in Warragal, Katunga, Mansfield and Tatura. We’ve worked with Flavorite since the early 00’s and have kept them busy. The team supply us with truss tomatoes, cherry truss tomatoes, palermo (sweet capsicum), mini capsicum, eggplant and continental cucumbers. Every year, they supply us with close to 3 million kg of fresh tomatoes!
Flavorite's COVID vaccination blitz a "win-win"
The Warragul vaccination clinic last week opened its doors to the Flavorite organisation, enabling staff to be transported from the Copelands Rd operation for their COVID jabs.
Flavorite marketing and communications manager Tom Millis said they wanted to send a positive message to their staff and suppliers. “It’s about protecting our people, protecting their families, protecting the local community and keeping fresh produce on the shelves
150 jobs for Tatura Fresh after merger
In March, Tatura Fresh owner the Murphy family and glasshouse powerhouse Flavorite announced they intended to merge.
Far from causing downsizing, the amicable merger has brought forward upscaling plans.
Flavorite Chief Executive Mike Nichol said construction was already under way on 60,000 sqm of new indoor hydroponic space at the Tatura site.
Beyond the bottom line
When it comes to sustainability in plastics, Martogg’s Ben McCulloch doesn’t mince his words. “We have a waste crisis here in Australia and much of the world,” he says. “Stockpiles of waste continue to grow, and we have all seen the devasting effects of plastic on our environment. However, in saying this, plastic is inherently recyclable and therefore if recycled correctly, it can be reused into new products and packaging.”
One of Australia’s leading glasshouse producers, Flavorite, has used Rpak’s packaging for almost five years. Products including its large tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and snack-sized cucumbers are packed in this recycled packaging, with more products lined up.
Fundraising campaign kicks off
Two families united by the shared loss of a loved one will kick off a campaign at Coles to help find a cure for patients diagnosed with blood cancers. The partnership between Flavorite, Coles and Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision is set to raise a total of $500,000 to help fight bone marrow failure syndromes.
A taste for work
A unique training program developed between Gippsland Employment Skills Training (GEST) and local employer Flavorite Hydroponic Tomatoes is opening up work opportunities for unemployed people in the Latrobe Valley.
When 58-year-old mill hand Rongo Taura lost her job after 29 years at a Latrobe Valley sawmill she wasn’t hopeful about finding another one. She worried about her age and her English. ‘I’m not good with spelling and reading. So I didn’t have a lot of confidence.’
2019 Gippsland Agribusiness of the year - Flavorite
Flavorite tomatoes grow from cottage industry to major player.
Hydroponic tomato empire Flavorite was crowned the Gippsland Agribusiness of the Year on Friday.
Around 200 people at the inaugural Food & Fibre Gippsland Excellence in Agribusiness Awards Gala Dinner heard how the Nichols and Millis families have revolutionised the tomato business in Australia.
A Gippsland Flavorite gets help to grow
The Victorian Government and First State Super’s Victorian Business Growth Fund is backing a proud Warragul-based fresh produce business by providing the capital it needs to create more jobs and expand its operations. The local company, Flavorite, is the first to benefit from a landmark investment by the Victorian Business Growth Fund.