v2food confirms $20m Wodonga factory investment

v2food, Australia’s newest plant-based meat company, is excited to announce the purchase of a 55,470 square-metre site in Wodonga. The purchase of the dormant building represents a chance to inject new life into the site, which will form the cornerstone of the company’s plans to change the way the world thinks about and consumes meat.

Last week v2 secured $35m in funding from some of the world’s leading investors, representing the largest ever Series A funding round for a plant-based meat company, even beating out the US giants Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat. More than $20m will be invested in refitting  the Wodonga site to be a world-class food-grade facility including the installation of new equipment using the expertise of local contractors.

The factory is expected to begin operations in Q2 2020 with plans to employ 40-50 local workers. Once up and running, the factory will enable v2food to scale-up at speed to produce the plant-based meat that customers will soon find in supermarkets and restaurants across the country.

v2 surveyed over 50 locations before confirming the Moloney Drive site. It is critical that v2 can locally produce plant-based meat in order to make the most of Australia’s expertise as one of the leading global meat producers and export an Australian success story across the globe.

The world’s appetite for meat is growing too quickly for this to be a threat to local farmers. Instead, there is an opportunity for Australian farmers to become part of a growing industry that could add $6 billion to our economy by 2030. The Wodonga factory will form part of v2food’s supply chain enabling local farmers to supply this growing industry with Australian-grown ingredients.

Roxset makes factory floors that won’t crack

Food processing floors take a particular hammering on a daily, sometimes 24/7, basis.

These floors face frequent contact with heat, chemicals, and spills as well as heavy equipment and machinery.

Avoiding the need to regularly replace floors, saves money, time and unnecessary headaches. A concrete floor for example, will not last long in a factory setting without cracking under a heavy load and chemical exposure. 

They are almost impossible to maintain and they risk high exposure to failure of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) compliance.

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Luckily, there are better options than opting for a concrete floor that may crack under pressure.

Roxset SE’s industrial factory floor is specifically designed and tailored for food, beverage and meat processing facilities. It offers a seamless, clean and safe floor that supports a productive environment while withstanding heavy use for many years.

The Roxset SE solution for food factories is both HACCP and Slip Resistant (R13) to meet the high safety grade. Additionally, the aggregate can be varied to suit the various traffic areas of the factory whether it be foot, forklift or trolley.

Industrial grade coatings offer a seamless surface free of joints, cracks and crevices. Roxset uses epoxy – a thermosetting polymer, which is available in three formulations for a seamless floor. 

The available formulations are water based, solvent based and 100 per cent solid based.

They allow for varying thicknesses, from 3ml to 10ml, depending on a factory’s needs. Epoxy bonds well to concrete and is ideal for use as a resurfacing agent for old or worn concrete. 

The best epoxy formulation is 100 per cent solid for an extremely hard, thick and impact resistant coating.

Cleanliness is a top priority that Roxset has captured in its floors. Limiting the spread of diseases such as listeria is critical.

The Roxset SE industrial floor reduces the risk of contamination in areas around drains so they do not harbour bacteria.

This is done with an epoxy coating, which will dramatically limit these dangerous harbourage points.

White Rabbit Brewery hops over to the new Little Creatures site

Beca and Lion have moved its Lion's White Rabbit Brewery from Healesville, north east of Melbourne to Lion's Little Creatures site in Geelong, some 144 kms away.

In 2014, Lion engaged Beca to assist with a review of their craft brewery footprint in Victoria. Beca worked with Lion to complete an initial feasibility and options analysis for the White Rabbit Brewery operation. 

This was conducted to determine the most cost and time effective relocation approach. The relocation would allow Lion to create a consolidated hub for craft brewing operations in Victoria; the site also has the capacity for future development.

Following this, Beca was subsequently engaged at the start of 2015 to design and project manage the relocation. The first project stage involved bringing a 2000m2 1920's building on the Geelong site up to current standards to accommodate the relocated brewery and a new hospitality venue. In parallel to the building works at the Geelong site, Beca also managed the decommissioning and finalisation of the Healesville site.

The existing equipment from the Healesville site was relocated and integrated with additional new equipment at the Geelong site. The refurbishment of the improved system was then fully commissioned. The first brew of White Rabbit using the recommissioned equipment was successfully achieved in early October 2015 and the project was delivered on time, on budget and with no LTI/MTIs.

"Beca provided excellent end to end project management support and this greatly assisted delivery of the project to schedule and within our budget. This was particularly pleasing given the nature of the building refurbishment at Geelong and the tight timelines required, which ensured the start-up of the brewery prior to our peak production period," said Matthew Anderson, Lion's Operations Director Craft, Supply Chain.