Food Import Compliance Agreement
Etherington has successfully entered into a Food Import Compliance Agreement (FICA) with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. The Agreement allows Etherington to provide routine inspections and testing of imported produce, removing the risk of potential delays associated with third party inspection. Etherington will continue to invest in initiatives that will provide us with greater control over the supply chain and eliminate costs.
Packing Station Pty Ltd Acquisition
Etherington and Valleyfresh entered into a joint venture in 2014, establishing Packing Station Pty Ltd in WA to drive prepackaging innovation for wholesale and retail in an under serviced market. With the business going from strength to strength, Etherington decided to buyout Valleyfresh in 2018. Valleyfresh will continue to service the retail sector via Packing Station but will no longer be involved in the packing facility's day-to-day operations. "The team at Valleyfresh have been a great help in setting up this facility, and it is a great outcome that Etherington can now take full ownership and operational responsibility", says Grant Etherington. "Our relationship with Valleyfresh is as strong as ever, and we look forward to working closely with the Valleyfresh team for many years to come."