Ever driven past the Hahndorf exit on the South-Eastern Freeway and wondered what that giant shed was going to be for? Well, welcome to Beerenberg’s brand new factory and headquarters!
As Anthony Paech pressed play on the bottling line at the new facility in Hahndorf, he took a moment as he watched hundreds of bottles of the company’s iconic tomato sauce run through for the very first time.
There was a sparkle in his eye, relief and then a joyous smile as he reflected on the completion of the 10-year-project that will see the legendary family food company’s production capacity double and secure its future at its Hahndorf home.
No doubt Mr Paech – who is Beerenberg’s managing director – was thinking about his family’s inspiring legacy which saw his late father, Grant Paech, start selling strawberries from a road-side stall in 1971 after planting his first patch next to the Paech family home.
The future is most certainly bright for Beerenberg as it celebrates its first days working from its sparkling new facility, marking a significant milestone for the company.
With a 6500-square metre expansion of Beerenberg’s head office site now complete – featuring state-of-the-art factory equipment – production capacity will push through 15 tonne of product (or 60,000 bottles) in a shift for the jam, marmalade and condiment manufacturer.
Mr Paech said completion of the project is exciting for the company’s 85 employees because it provides a platform for major growth and stability into the future.
“The new facility includes a new factory and this is a state-of-the-art design which enables higher control over the cooking and bottling of product, allowing us to craft an even higher quality of product in larger volumes,” Mr Paech said.
“There is also natural light and a climate controlled modern environment for staff, with the latest safety features. Finally, there is a room for expansion, which we have needed for some time.”
The new facility was officially opened last night by South Australian Governor Hieu Van Le, with a celebration for 200 guests including tours and local food and wine.
Beerenberg worked closely on the multi-staged redevelopment with project managers Moto Projects and construction by two other South Australian family businesses, Sarah Constructions and McMahon Services. Michael Watson and Swanbury Penglase provided architectural services and the design team included engineering businesses CPR and BCA.
“We sought to find a community-friendly approach to expand our Adelaide Hills base into an ultra-modern facility, securing its future in the hills and gearing it for further international growth,” Mr Paech added.
Beerenberg marketing director Sally Paech said the seventh-generation family business is 100 per cent owned by the Paech family, which has been working on Hahndorf land since 1839.
“When founding families formed Hahndorf, I wonder whether they envisaged such a vibrant and thriving community 180 years into the future,” Ms Paech said.
“Beerenberg is now well-placed to continue to be a significant provider of employment in the Adelaide Hills and a contributor to the South Australian and national economy.”
She said South Australians take great pride in their iconic businesses and Beerenberg – which has more than 90 products in its range – is one such legendary brand.
Beerenberg is making inroads not just in South Australia, but interstate and overseas. Its products are available in countries such as Singapore, China, and Japan. The company’s products can also be found in more than 300 four and five-star hotels across the Asia-Pacific region.