C.O.D. CANNERY TO START SOON
QUEENSLAND'S £330,000 grower-controlled pineapple cannery, being erected for the Committee of Direction of Fruit Marketing, may be in production in February.
The manager of the Pineapple Sectional Group Committee (Mr. W. A. Mawbey) said yesterday that work was progressing rapidly.
The plant should be in production from the middle of February, in time to cope with the 1947 summer crop, which provided the season's main pack of canned pineapples.
Work on processing section was being pushed ahead as quickly as possible.
The remaining buildings and installations should be completed by next June.
Mr. Mawbey indicated that financial arrangements for the project assured its successful establishment.
He said that growers already had committed themselves to the redemption of £118,000 over a period of years, of the £330,000 required for buildings and plant.
The rest of the finance would be provided by the C.O.D. through debentures authorised by the Australian Loan Council.
First products from the enter prise would be sliced pineapples and tropical fruit salad (pine apples, papaws, bananas, and passionfruit).
When operating fully the factory would process all other varieties of Queensland fruits.
Mr. Mawbey estimated that, with the increased pineapple plantings of the last two years and heavy plantings now being made, there seemed little doubt, that about 1,200,000 cases annually would be available for processing, as against 750,000 to 800,000 cases in past years.