Arnott’s Marleston bakery facility is letting go of 120 staff members, and will shift thirty percent of its production to other manufacturing sites in Australia.
According to Adelaide Now, the 120 redundancies will be made over the next 18 months.
Arnott’s spokesman Craig Funnell said the company is committed to manufacturing in Australia, and has spent $150 million upgrading its facilities, including the creation of two ‘super sites’ in Sydney and Brisbane.
“Manufacturing in Australia is part of Arnott’s DNA and our goal is to continue to manufacture here,” he said. “To remain competitive in a global market, we need to embrace improved technology and asset utilisation.”
The Marleston facility is the only Arnott’s site which manufactures the more “intricate” biscuits, including Iced VoVos and Caramel Crowns. Once the production transfers are completed, the site will continue to manufacture roughly 7,500 tonnes of biscuits and 8,000 tonnes of liquid chocolate a year.