Mints line for Asquith factory

Thursday, 02 September, 2010

The Wrigley’s factory in Asquith, NSW, has launched a new production line for Eclipse mints. After 5 years of profitable growth in the mint industry, the company has introduced the line to produce the mints exclusively for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

The line was announced at the launch at the factory site with guest speakers including Paul Fletcher, Member for Bradfield; Judy Hopwood, Member for Hornsby; and Nick Berman, Mayor of Hornsby.

“This is a very significant moment,” said Paul Fletcher, “Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands will be happily crunching and sucking [Australian made] mints.”

Eclipse mints were introduced to Australia from China in 2005 as the first sugar-free mint brand.

David Bird, Production Manager for the factory, believes the Italian-made machinery for the line will be a beneficial addition to the factory, which has been producing tab and pellet gum since 1958.

Along with the line, the factory has expanded to include 10 robots and has been focused on becoming a sustainable business, harvesting water run-off, recycling waste products, and using natural light and sensor lighting in the factory.

The company hopes to be expanding its exports to the Asia-Pacific in the next few years.

By Kylie Rhodes

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