ONE of Colac’s largest employers plans to hire more staff as it continues to rebuild its customer base.
Lamb processor CRF has secured a new customer, a Melbourne-based food export company, which will add to the meatworks’ workload from Monday.
CRF managing director Jack Barclay said the new customer required processing and further processing into boxed lamb products.
“With the growth in processing numbers, we are now recruiting employees, which is always a challenge in a seasonal industry such as ours,” Mr Barclay said.
“Over the next month, I think we’d like about 30 employees,” he said.
“We’re really pleased to see that our numbers have steadily been increasing since our shutdown over the Christmas-New Year period.”
Major customer Coles decided against renewing its lamb tender with CRF last year, instead choosing the Brazilian-owned JBS Australia’s abattoir near Melbourne.
Mr Barclay said the new customer joined existing companies ALC and Five Star at CRF.
He declined to name the customer because he was unsure if it had informed its previous supplier of the switch.
ALC specialises in airfreight of chilled lamb to areas such as the Middle East and south-east Asia, while Five Star Lamb exports to the United States.
“But it’s a great confidence boost to see our strategic plans falling into place, with CRF continuing to be a vibrant and growing business,” Mr Barclay said.