Inghams Enterprises is investing AU$275 million (US$197 million) in its South Australian operations, enabling the company to significantly increase its capacity throughout the production chain.

The expansion plans include new breeder farms at Monarto and Yumali, a hatchery expansion at Murraylands, new contract grower farms and an upgrade of the primary processing plant at Bolivar, a potential new feed mill at Murray Bridge, and other investments. Inghams Enterprises expects 850 jobs to be created as a result of the growth projects.

The projects are being supported with an AU$3.7 million (US$2.7 million) contribution from the South Australian government. Most of the projects have already been started and are expected to be completed over the next year.

“Chicken is the most popular meat in Australia and the demand continues to grow. We supply more than one third of the nation’s chicken production with our South Australian sites supplying the eastern seaboard and Western Australia,” said Mick McMahon, CEO of the company. “To meet the growth in demand, we are increasing our investment in the business over the next few years in Australia and the majority of this will be in South Australia.”

Inghams Enterprises, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, is the largest poultry company in Australia. It supplies local customers such as Foodland, Drakes and food service companies, as well as Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, KFC and McDonald’s both in South Australia and from South Australia into the Eastern states and across to Western Australia.