- McGowan Government grant supports new bottling line for Margaret River kombucha business
- Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund helping WA agribusinesses invest in job-creating expansion projects
A Margaret River business is showing that wine is not the only sparkling beverage from the region hitting the right note with consumers.
Margaret River Kombucha Company, which produces the popular 'rok Kombucha' brand, has commissioned a new bottling facility in the area, supported by a $250,000 grant from the McGowan Government.
The upgrades are part of an expanding business which opened in 2015 and is now sending its raw, certified organic kombucha to markets across Australia and overseas.
'rok Kombucha' products are handmade and batch brewed using traditional, continuous brewing methods, incorporating locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, and are available in six different flavours.
The upgrades, totalling $520,000 include a filling line and associated equipment for bottling, including pallet turntables, carton packer, chilled storage equipment, conveyors and a forklift.
The grant was through the Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund, which drives growth in Western Australia's premium value-adding food and beverage sectors.
Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Margaret River Kombucha Company is a regional success story for our State, producing a premium, value-added product in the regions which is now sold in cafes and shops around the country.
"This new filling, rinsing and capping line - purchased from an existing wholesale bottling company in Margaret River - will provide consistency of supply for the 'rok Kombucha' brand, supporting its continued growth in national and international markets.
"The upgrades will create six new full time jobs, with further growth over the next three years as the company continues to expand.
"The McGowan Government has supported 23 agribusinesses with more than $3 million in grants through the Value Add Agribusiness Investment Attraction Fund, creating jobs and driving the capability of this growing industry sector."
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