Lochert Bros in the Riverland of South Australia have taken back ownership of the Crusta Fruit Juices Site at Ramco.
The buyback comes 13 Years after the Lochert Bros Group sold Crusta Fruit Juices to Coca Cola Amatil in the year 2004.
Robert Lochert seized the opportunity to buy the site back for the benefit of the Riverland and South Australia.
The purchase includes the land, buildings and all the juicing plant and storage facilities.
The purchase does not include the Crusta brand name or the Crusta Fruit Juices Company.
The site has extensive cool room, freezer and dry storage capacity and is the only Riverland based processing plant able to handle large volumes of Bulk Citrus for storage and distribution.
Lochert Bros have been able to make arrangements to process many thousands of tonnes of oranges.
Arrangements are also in place to store and grade seed potatoes, storage of almonds and nuts as well as the frozen storage of stonefruit.
The purchase of the Crusta site by Lochert Bros will be more good news for Riverland Orange Growers.
This will increase the demand for juice quality oranges and because China has accepted South Australia’s Fruit Fly Free status this will enable Lochert Bros to pay higher prices for Oranges exported to China in 2018.
Lochert Bros will be talking to growers about additional supplies of both Navel and Valencia Oranges for 2018 and beyond.
Lochert Bros Pty Ltd will initially employ 3 new staff members to operate the Crusta plant and additional casual staff as required.