Thomas Foods International

Murray Bridge Community Information Event

Thomas Foods International would like to invite the local community to an information event on Thursday 25 November 2021. This will be a great opportunity for the people in Murray Bridge and surrounds to learn more about the project including the development approval process, the regulatory environment and discover the career opportunities available at the site once we are operational.

Guests must register to attend the event. To register, click here.

Honouring a commitment

On January 3, 2018 the Thomas Foods International Murray Bridge processing plant was destroyed by fire. Most importantly, all our staff were safely evacuated and no-one was injured. This event presented our family company with significant challenges, which I’m very proud to say we have overcome.

The morning after the fire broke out, I made a public statement that we’d be back “bigger, better and stronger”. We made a commitment to rebuild and we are honouring that commitment. From the fire has come a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a brand new flagship facility that will service our global operations for many decades to come. Our new Murray Bridge facility will be a showcase of advanced food manufacturing, delivering the highest standards in beef and lamb processing.

We see this facility as setting the industry benchmark for technology, efficiency, environmental sustainability, animal welfare and workplace safety. Realising this vision is not possible without the support we’ve received since Day One from our staff, customers, suppliers, all levels of government and the broader Murray Bridge community. For all this, we are truly grateful.

This dedicated Murray Bridge plant website contains key information about our new facility and will include regular updates as the development takes shape.

I hope you find it a useful and inspiring read.

Darren Thomas

CEO Thomas Foods International

STAGE ONE

The new Murray Bridge facility and its capacity will be built in a staged approach.

TFI has appointed South Australia’s largest private commercial contractor and one of Australia’s largest privately-owned builders, BADGE, to undertake the design and construction of Stage One of this highly anticipated project.

This stage will include:

• Beef processing facilities with an initial capacity of up to 600 head per day
• Animal handling facilities designed to the highest animal welfare standards
• Beef boning room with automated packaging technology
• Stockyards
• Employee amenities and administration facilities
• Fully automated carton chilling, freezing and storage systems
• Electrical, refrigeration and boiler systems to the highest energy efficiency standards 

Work on Stage One is now underway with construction and commissioning expected to be completed over a 24 month period.

Additional Stages

Subsequent stages of the development will include further expansion of the beef facilities and additional smallstock (sheep and lambs) processing capacity.

The plant, once fully completed, is expected to have total processing capacity of 1,200 head of beef and 15,000 head of smallstock per day.

The exact timing of the subsequent stages of the development is yet to be determined.

Murray Bridge meat processing facility plans

Jobs

As a major regional employer, Thomas Foods International understands the importance of job creation for local communities.

The new Murray Bridge processing facility will provide a range of employment opportunities in what is a growth-oriented industry. The positions to be created will be broad and range from entry level to more specialised and senior process positions.

Approximately 500 jobs are expected to be created during Stage One.

Once fully completed, the project is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs in total.

 

Key People

Thomas Foods International has assembled a dedicated and experienced project team to manage the development process.

Led by Chief Executive Officer Darren Thomas, Group Engineering Manager Nekta Nicolaou and Chief Financial Officer Anthony Stewart, the TFI team is working closely with principal contractor BADGE to build this state-of-the-art facility.

Project Updates

Review our project timeline, spanning from January 2018 through to December 2020.

Project Timeline

Frequently Asked Questions

The new Murray Bridge facility is being built in stages. Stage One – which includes beef processing, animal handling facilities, beef boning room, stockyards, employee amenities and administration facilities – is expected to take 24 months to complete. The exact timing of the subsequent stages of the development is yet to be determined.

In Stage One, the site will initially have a processing capacity of up to 600 head of beef per day. Significant additional processing capacity will be incorporated in the subsequent building stages that will see total capacity increase to 1,200 head of beef and 15,000 head of smallstock (sheep and lambs) per day.

Thomas Foods International will be undertaking a major recruitment campaign for available positions at the new Murray Bridge facility. This will include a range of roles suitable to school leavers and job seekers new to the food processing industry to those with more experience and specialised skills. You can find out more about the careers on offer at TFI and pre-register your interest in joining us here.

Thomas Foods International has worked closely with the environmental authorities throughout the design and approval process of the new Murray Bridge plant. The facility incorporates electrical, refrigeration and boiler systems to the highest energy efficiency standards while incorporating TFI’s existing wastewater treatment ponds.

Animal welfare is a priority. The new plant incorporates efficient stock delivery and unloading facilities as well as covered and ventilated holding yards. Thomas Foods International adheres to the strictest animal welfare standards in processing.

The original plant was an excellent facility in its own right and had been significantly improved and upgraded over the years. Representing the future in food processing, the new plant is significantly larger in terms of size and processing capacity and incorporates the very latest global technologies and practices.

Best to bookmark this website as it contains key information about the plant and will include regular updates as the development takes shape.

job opportunities

The new Murray Bridge processing facility will provide a range of employment opportunities in what is a growth-oriented industry.

The positions to be created will be broad and range from entry level to more specialised and senior process positions.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a successful and industry leading company and build your career in the global food industry.

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