BOOST: Norco to expand ice cream empire

ABOVE: Norco’s Michael Hampson with the Norco ice cream. Photo: Contributed

Susanna Freymark

Norco is set to boost production at its South Lismore ice cream factory with a $30 million upgrade.
Norco launched an ice cream range last year and it is now available in eleven flavours across Woolworths stores nationally.

This investment is expected to increase ice cream production by an extra 20 million litres per year.

This will aid Norco in meeting demand for its Hinterland ice cream range, while making space for new production lines and further expansion.
Norco chief executive Michael Hampson said that the factory upgrade showed Norco’s commitment to building a sustainable future for the co-op’s farmer owners.
“We’ve seen the demand for our ice cream manufacturing services strengthen over the past few years,” Mr Hampson said.

The first phase of building works is currently underway and expected to be completed in the second half of next year.

Norco’s factory upgrade has been undertaken with support from both federal and local government with the dairy co-op receiving $15 million towards the project as part of a major program targeting growth in regional areas.
The works will see 30-plus jobs during the construction phase with some permanent positions available when the work is complete.
An artist impression of the upgrade of Norco. Photo: Contributed



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