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We're nut joking: Bundy macadamia company grows bigger


Bundaberg is already home to the world's largest macadamia company, but it is set to become even bigger.

Marquis Macadamias is about to increase the amount of nuts it processes by 25 per cent, bringing new jobs and more growth to the Bundaberg economy.

The $13million expansion will see the company build a new warehouse, specialised drying and packing facilities, and a solar farm to generate power for their operations.

It is tipped to create 40 full time jobs.

Marquis Macadamias CEO Larry McHugh says the project will drive local industry, benefiting hundreds of local families in Bundaberg.

“With our facility currently operating at close to maximum capacity, this project will mean we’re ready to support future demands and grow and create long term, stable jobs in Bundaberg,” Mr McHugh says.

The company currently sources crop from 350 different growers throughout Australia.

Queensland Minister for Investment Cameron Dick says the expansion will allow Bundaberg to stay on top, and help with the state's post-pandemic recovery efforts.

He says Marquis Macadamias has received support through the State Government’s Jobs and Regional Growth Fund to build its expansion.

“Industries such as agriculture and food manufacturing proved to be our state’s economic bedrock during the COVID-19 pandemic ... this will ensure our economy’s recovery continues on its strong upward trajectory," Mr Dick says.