New flour mill for Ballarat

Published: 20 May 2022

A major investment by one of the largest food manufacturers in Australia and New Zealand will create new jobs across regional Victoria.

George Weston Foods will open a new Mauri flour mill in Ballarat and expand production across the state, supported by the Victorian Government.

The $132.9 million investment is for projects across Victoria including expanding its national Tip Top boutique bakery in Bendigo, relocating its Golden Crumpet manufacturing line from Adelaide to Dandenong, upgrading its Don KRC business in Castlemaine to grow exports and expanding its Yumi’s plant in Hallam to increase production.

Building the new, state-of-the art flour mill in the Ballarat West Employment Zone will create up to 320 jobs during construction.

The company will join many other successful regional food manufacturing businesses in the Ballarat West Employment Zone, including Kookas Country Cookies and Luv-a-duck.

George Weston Foods employs 3,000 staff across eight sites in Victoria and is one of the largest private sector employers in the state with half of its workforce employed in regional Victoria.

As well as securing the company’s long-term future in Victoria, the expansion will also support more than 1,300 Victorian businesses and farmers who supply and work with George Weston Foods.

Victoria has the largest and most established food and beverage manufacturing sector in the nation, valued at around $38 billion and employing around 72,000 people.