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Steritech boosts Australia's fresh produce export market at Merrifield

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Oct 23 2018

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Australian owned company Steritech, a global leader in innovative fresh produce export services, will open a new facility at Merrifield Business Park in Melbourne’s north to boost the nation’s ability to compete in the global fresh produce market.

The family-owned company, with 40 years’ experience, has purchased two hectares of land in the landmark Merrifield Business Park to develop a new 3,648 square metre facility that will drive benefits for Australian produce growers, enabling them to meet export market access requirements.

The new Steritech location at Merrifield Business Park will complement the company’s existing Brisbane facility, improving profitability by reducing road freight costs faced by southern producers who currently transport their produce north for export.

It is the third major deal developed by MAB with its partner GPC at Merrifield Business Park, with Steritech to join Dulux and D’Orsogna in the business park, which has seen strong demand from companies from interstate.

The Steritech facility will introduce new technological innovations at Merrifield including a world-first application of new x-ray technology that will treat full pallets of produce in final packaging prior to export.
Chemical free and heat free, the treatment is preferred and trusted by industry and regulators for high value air freight exports to Asia, New Zealand and the USA, as it enhances the flexibility of Australian growers and exporters to deliver cleaner, fresher fruit faster.

The facility will also process domestic produce, protecting Australia’s diverse environment from disease and ensuring consumers have access to a wide variety of fresh produce year - round, while reducing our reliance on imports.

Steritech CEO Murray Lynch said “Merrifield Business Park was selected strategically as it is located on the Hume Freeway close to Melbourne Airport, with overnight access to Sydney Airport – this will significantly enhance the air freight capacity available after treatment.

“With Melbourne being Australia’s largest hub for horticultural trade, the new facility will play a key role in driving the future growth and sustainability of the entire horticultural sector. The creation of this facility will drive cost efficiencies and enhance Australia’s overall competitive position in global produce trade. Consumers will benefit from increased availability and fresher than ever Australian-grown options.

“This facility will be a critical tool to enable a greater volume of fresh produce exports to foreign countries, increasing the ability of Australian growers to compete internationally,” Mr Lynch said.

MAB Director of Business Parks, Michael Martin added: “Securing Steritech at Merrifield Business Park demonstrates the continued and important role the business park is playing to support the growth of national and international companies here in Victoria.

“The integration of businesses like Steritech, which is driving Australia’s growth and economic performance forward with its innovation, are a testament to the careful planning that has gone into creating a business precinct that meets the future needs of industry.

“This facility has been specifically designed to accommodate Steritech’s future growth,” said Mr Martin.

Developed by MAB and GPC, Merrifield Business Park in Mickleham will be the largest masterplanned business and employment precinct in Victoria when completed.

Bigger than the Melbourne CBD, it will span 330 hectares and create up to 25,000 jobs.

Steritech’s new commercial facility will open at Merrifield Business Park in time for the 2019/20 summer produce season.

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