The Casino Food Co-op is expanding its operations with a new $5 million retail facility on the Summerland Way that has been approved by Richmond Valley Council.
The development application for a building to replace a smaller facility means the co-op can increase its output of meat products for Coles, Woolworths and Aldi.
About 20 tonnes of retail-ready products are supplied every week and once the facility is complete, the Co-op will be able to supply 100 tonnes a week.
The new facility will create 20 jobs on top of the 800 meatworks staff, contractors and suppliers.
Mayor Robert Mustow said being able to add value to the products coming out of the meatworks made the business more sustainable and profitable.
In the new building, staff will receive packaged meat from the existing cold store and prepare retail-ready portions branded with Casino Food Co-op.
This article appeared in the Richmond River Independent, 24 February 2021.