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Future looking brighter for South Australian food favourite Spring Gully

Source: Premiers Dept

South Australian food manufacturer Spring Gully’s future has been given a boost, with the State Government providing more than half a million dollars to support the company. Premier Jay Weatherill and Manufacturing, Innovation and Trade Minister Tom Kenyon announced the $576,000 grant, which is to be spent on new equipment at the Spring Gully plant to help its production.

“Spring Gully is a favourite South Australian brand and shoppers have got behind this family business since times became tough for them,” Mr Weatherill said.

“The State Government is getting behind Spring Gully and its workers by providing a grant for new manufacturing equipment so they can remain competitive in the marketplace.“

Mr Kenyon said the grant would result in substantial improvements to efficiency in Spring Gully’s production process, including reduced costs and less waste. “This will help improve the company’s competiveness and allow them to secure new contracts and markets in the future.

“We’re all aware of Spring Gully’s turnaround after the company was placed into voluntary administration earlier this year.

“They’ve managed to successfully trade out of their difficulties on the strength of a massive show of consumer support across the nation.”

Spring Gully’s Managing Director Kevin Webb said the new equipment would enable the company to modernise one of its production lines and start moving towards best practice manufacturing.

“It means we can upgrade the high volume line that processes our sauces, honey, jams and relishes,” Mr Webb said.

“The new equipment will mean fewer stoppages, less waste, reduced down-time and greater efficiency, which is crucial in reducing costs. It will also enable us to expand our product range.

“It’s a major step in ensuring Spring Gully survives and prospers,” Mr Webb said.

Spring Gully Foods is a fourth-generation family business established in 1946 in Rostrevor.

The company supplies Spring Gully, Leabrook Farms and Gardener Range brands including pickles, sauces and honeys.

It also manufactures packages and distributes brand name products for other companies as well as generic supermarket labels.

Spring Gully Foods was a recipient of the Premier’s Food Industry Award for ‘SA Valuing Workforce Development’ in 2011.

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