Simply the zest: Orange juice company upgrade to create jobs and boost business in Narromine

A popular family-owned juice company in Narromine will be able to upgrade its facilities, increase productivity and create new jobs, thanks to the NSW Government’s Regional Job Creation Fund.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said a $200,000 grant will help Mumble Peg install new equipment, including a colour vision grader and automated packer, boosting its capabilities to produce premium quality fruit juices.

“The upgrades will improve quality assurance and allow Mumble Peg to tap into higher quality export markets, while also increasing productivity and enabling staff to take up more supervisory roles in the business,” Mr Saunders said.

“This project will not only upskill existing employees but also create more than 37 jobs over the next three years, including extra packers, additions to the sales team and a grading line operator.

“These upgrades will boost the local economy by allowing Mumble Peg to cater to more domestic and international buyers with its premium sorted fruit juices, and I look forward to seeing the benefits it will bring for the Dubbo region.”

General Manager Trevor Roberts said the grant money will help make their operation more sophisticated, and increase the quality of their products.

“The funding will go into development, which will create more jobs, and also let us get to where we’re wanting to be a lot faster,” Mr Roberts 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, go to: investregionalnsw.com/RJCFund.

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