A REVOLUTIONARY deep fryer could soon be used by food processing plants around the world to produce tasty Red Rock Deli chips and earn the Smart State millions of dollars in export sales, according to Queensland Minister for State Development and Innovation Tony McGrady.
McGrady inspected the Queensland made technology first-hand when he launched a $15.2 million state-of-the-art production line at The Smith’s Snackfood factory at Tingalpa.
“The Smith’s Snackfood Company is on the right track by using ‘smart’ technology in the production process,” Mr McGrady said.
He said the advanced deep fryer was developed in partnership with one of Australia’s leading packaging and processing manufacturers, Brisbane-based Heat & Control Pty Ltd at Mt Gravatt, who co-patented the fryer with the snackfood company.
The innovative new process allows chips to be deep fried continuously rather than in batches, saving time and improving efficiency.
“I am delighted that this new production line will help Smiths create 21 new jobs, on top of the 600 Queenslanders already employed at the factory.
“The good news is Smith’s parent company, PepsiCo Inc, has received strong expressions of interest from its operating companies to export this new technology around the world.
“This would mean huge export earnings for Queensland.
“Trends like these signal the serious intention of the State’s food industry to remain at the forefront of global innovation in food technology.”