Goodman Fielder to optimise manufacturing network across New Zealand
Australian food firm Goodman Fielder intends to optimise its manufacturing network across New Zealand with several operational changes.
According to the strategy, the company plans to move pie production operations from its Irvine facility at Wiri, as well as its ice cream cone unit from its Hot Plate bakery, to its Palmerston North facility. The moves are expected to create nearly 60 new jobs in the region.
Goodman Fielder New Zealand managing director Tim Deane said: “These proposals continue the NZ$80m ($57.6m) on investment we have made in the company since 2015 and are part of our planned additional investment of nearly NZ$150m ($108m) as we continue to create a more sustainable business for the longer term.”
The proposed changes are part of the company’s strategy to invest further in its key manufacturing sites in New Zealand to create a more sustainable business.
Goodman Fielder also intends to relocate production of garlic bread and other baked goods from its Hot Plate bakery, East Tamaki, to its larger Quality Bakers Auckland site, which is expected to create 25 new permanent positions.
The proposed changes could result in the closure of the Irvines and Hot Plate bakeries by next April.
The company is also planning to invest in its Quality Bakers Auckland and Meadow Fresh Christchurch sites to boost efficiencies.
Deane added: “We have put forward proposals to consolidate and invest further in our manufacturing network, which will expand our regional operations, and ultimately create a more sustainable and competitive platform for the future of our business in New Zealand.
“We are working directly with the 147 employees impacted by these proposals. Where possible, employees will be provided with the opportunity for redeployment to fill vacancies at other Goodman Fielder sites.
“Employees who are not able to be redeployed will receive their full entitlements, as well as an extensive employee assistance programme, including outplacement and career support.
“We understand the impact these proposals have on our people and our immediate priority is to ensure that they are supported through this process.”