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Hastings 'Australasian food capital'
Our tomato sauce is coming home. Heinz
Watties is relocating a significant chunk of
its Australian manufacturing to Hastings,
including sauces, beetroot and some canned
The move will cost more than 340 jobs in
Australia, but the company says it will not
create that many in Hastings.
Wattie's spokesman Paul Hemsley said
reports only a handful'' of jobs would be
created were incorrect, but it would be a
small number compared to the 340 [being
lost in Australia]''.
The move would add 30,000 tonnes to the
Hastings factory's output, an increase of
between 10 and 15 per cent.
However, he said the factory had the
infrastructure to absorb it.
Obviously there will be some investment
required, but it's about New Zealand
Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule said he
was optimistic about the number of Hast-
ings jobs that would be created.
They're losing more than 300 jobs over
there in Australia, so I think they're just
We just don't know, but from what's
been coming out of the company today, I
believe a significant amount of new jobs
will be created.''
With the district's fruit-growing capacity
and both McCains and Watties having
centralised their processing in Hastings,
the city was now the food production capi-
tal of Australasia'', he said.
Mr Hemsley said that 12 years ago Heinz
also sent over some soup production from
Australia and from Japan, which created a
big investment in Hastings''.
United States-owned H J Heinz said the
change would take place in the next 12
months and was part of a global pro-
ductivity plan to make the company more
Sixty per cent of Watties tomato sauce,
all sold in cans, is already made in Hast-
Following the production shift, all of the
classic product will be made here.
Both the company's King St and
Tomoana sites will benefit from the shift.
Hawke's Bay Chamber of Commerce
chief executive Murray Douglas said the
move demonstrates the strong position
Hawke's Bay can take in servicing the
At this stage in their economic cycle,
Australian manufacturers are finding it
hard to compete internationally and the
exchange rate between the kiwi and Aust-
ralian dollar makes it competitive to manu-
facture in New Zealand assisted by our gen-
erally lower-cost structure and good skill
base, he said.
Heinz Australia and its Golden Circle
subsidiary will still operate four factories
and employ about 1400 people.
Cars give way
to city's cafe
Organic growth: Taste Cornucopia owner and chef James Beck is looking forward to the council-
funded kerb extension that will allow him to seat an extra 15 diners outside at a time.
By CLINTON LLEWELLYN
Whether it's cuisine, a cafe latte or
croissant you are looking for in Hast-
ings, Heretaunga St East is steadily
becoming the place to go.
Last month, Hastings District
Council's finance committee agreed to an
approach from organic cafe and res-
taurant, Taste Cornucopia, to fund a
kerb extension at the front of the eatery
to allow for a larger outside dining area.
Council's decision could not have come
at better time for owner and chef James
Beck, who has just opened Taste Cornu-
copia for dinner service on Friday
We're completely booked out for din-
ner for the first two weeks,'' said Mr
Beck, who has worked in Michelin star
restaurants in London, and in countries
including Spain, Italy, Holland and
Since opening a year and half ago, Mr
Beck has won Signature Dish awards
and earned very favourable reviews in
Cuisine magazine for his organic dishes
at Taste Cornucopia, which had grown
incredibly'' since opening.
Mr Beck understandably applauded
the council's decision, which will allow
him to seat an extra 15 diners at a time.
But it was also a decision that would
benefit other businesses, he said.
People are now coming from as far
afield as Napier and Havelock North to
eat here. I think there is a lot of will
within the people on council at the
moment, to try and attract people
through the establishment of a cafe cul-
ture. I think it's great for Hastings,'' Mr
Due to join the growing culinary trade
on Heretaunga St East soon is authentic
French patisserie, Ya Bon Cafe, at the
site of the old Cafe Zigliotti, next to the
city's first pocket park.
The owners of the bakery, Moise and
Andrea Cerson, have moved from
Greytown where they operated award-
winning cafe The French Baker for a
number of years.
Mr Beck said Mr Cerson was a
renowned baker and that he wished he
would hurry up'' and open his premises
on Heretaunga St East, which was dev-
eloping along nicely''.
You've got the big brand stores down
the other end [at Heretaunga St West],
but around here we have the Opera
Kitchen doing nicely; second-hand book-
shop [Recycled Reading] is undergoing
renovations; Strictly Tea is doing well
sandwiched between the second-hand
stores; and Cornucopia is, I believe,
the premium organics shop in Hawke's
We're a bunch of independently
owned shops -- eclectic is the word I
would use -- developing along nicely.''
Potentially adding to the changing
complexion of Heretaunga St East is the
rumour the regional WINZ office will
move elsewhere after the current lease
expires towards the end of next year.
Lindsay Scott, regional commissioner
for Work and Income said there were no
plans to close the Hastings office, how-
ever, the ministry is constantly
reviewing the needs of our clients to
ensure we have the right resources in
the right place.''
This is always considered when lease
expiries occur,'' he said.
And Mayor Lawrence Yule has made
no secret of his desire to attract an inter-
national hotel chain to that part of the
CBD, possibly at the vacant site at the
Albert Hotel on Heretaunga St East, to
create a cultural precinct incorporating
the Hawke's Bay Opera House.
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