Mission Foods sets up shop in Melbourne

Posted by Editorial on 18th September 2009

One of the world’s largest tortilla producers is opening a new factory in Melbourne to boost their Australian manufacturing operations. The factory, in the suburb of Epping in Melbourne’s north, will create 470 jobs.

“Mission Foods produce over 25 per cent of the world’s tortillas and have chosen to set up its manufacturing and logistics hub in Victoria,” Premier John Brumby said, welcoming their arrival. “Mission Foods exports to 50 countries worldwide and having their manufacturing and logistics hub here is a major achievement and a major vote of confidence for Victoria and our economy.”

Mission Foods is the largest tortilla and corn flour producer in the world and is engaged primarily in the production, marketing, distribution and sale of tortillas, chips, wraps, Pita and Lebanese breads, flat breads corn and wheat flour.

Regional, Rural Development and Skills and Workforce Participation Minister Jacinta Allan said the manufacturing process at the new Epping facility was based on state of the art technology created by Gruma Technology, a global subsidiary of Mission Foods.

“Gruma has partnered with the Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES) to train some of the new Mission Foods employees who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,” Ms Allan said. “Mission Foods have invested heavily in Victoria, not only commercially, but also from a community perspective.”

“Mission Foods are major sponsors of the Western Bulldogs and plan to expand their employee training program with the assistance of AMES and the Spirit West Bulldogs community based training organisation.”

Mission Foods has operations in Mexico, the USA, Central America, Europe and Asia Pacific.