Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Putting People First Pays Off

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Putting People First Pays Off

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Byline: LUKE MORTIMER luke.mortimer@northernstar.com.au

OVER 30 years, Alphadale's Macadamia Processing Company grew from a two man operation in a Goonellabah shed to the world's biggest processor and supplier of macadamia products.

The company, valued at roughly $100,000 in its early days, used to produce 50 tonnes of macadamia nut products annually, but is now cranking out 10,000 tonnes, employing 160 workers and is worth about 16-17 million dollars.

At the company's 30th anniversary celebration at Alphadale yesterday, chairman Chris Ford said the day was a "recognition of the success and importance of the macadamia industry to the Northern Rivers".

"At the end of the day, we are effectively a co-op working with about 180 growers who have supported the company loyally over 40 years," he said.

"I am so proud of what MPC has achieved over the years and I'm really pleased with the support we've had from employees and growers, which has helped the company achieve the position it currently has. …

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