Arnott’s Brisbane factory makeover to cost 140 jobs

Posted by Rita Mu

A hundred and forty full-time workers at Arnott’s will lose their jobs once the company’s Brisbane factory gets a $67 million makeover next year.

The Virginia factory, which makes up 40 per cent of Arnott’s biscuit business, makes Shapes, Cruskits, Monte Carlo, Scotch Finger, Shortbread Cream and Family Assorted biscuits.

The CourierMail.com.au reported that Arnott’s was planning to introduce a new production line by August 2012 to boost its production capacity from 44,000 to more than 55,000 tonnes.

Spokesman Craig Funnell said the automated line would lead to the loss of 140 full-time and 50 casual jobs from December 2012.

"Around 99 per cent of all Arnotts biscuits we sell in Australia are made in Australia," he told couriermail.com.au.

"To keep it that way, we have to continue to find ways to compete more effectively in the marketplace, especially against cheaper imported products."

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