David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Kingaroy to create an Australian first with jobs aplenty

November 12, 2021

A major Federal Government manufacturing investment is set to create hundreds of new jobs for Kingaroy and the South Burnett.

Plenty Foods Pty Ltd will be awarded up to $9,078,321 for its Kingaroy Processing Facility that aligns to the Food and Beverage National Manufacturing Priority under the Modern Manufacturing Strategy.

Federal Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud said the funding would enable Plenty Foods to unlock new opportunities as it brings an Australian nut protein flour to market.

“The technology of the future is being embraced right here in our backyard,” said Mr Littleproud.

“This funding means Plenty Foods, an already highly successful operation, can undergo a monumental expansion at their facilities so that they can finely process nuts into value-added, Australian protein nut flour.

“This will create 159 jobs during construction as well as 98 full-time jobs in the South Burnett once completed.

“This is a real milestone in securing the future of the South Burnett. We are backing the smarts of the 21st century and in turn we are helping to create new local jobs while feeding the country and the rest of the world.”

Defatted nut flour is a gluten free flour alternative and a Plant Based Protein which is highly sought after, presently serviced only by imports.

The project is expected to cost a total of $22 million and as a result of this expansion the South Burnett regional economy will increase in value by over $83 million.