Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch FMCG firm, has announced it is consolidating production of Weis ice creams in Australia at its site in Minto, New South Wales, meaning the long-standing Weis factory in Toowoomba, Queensland will close.
“The ice cream market – in terms of costs, competition and distribution channels – has changed very quickly and pressure on our business has significantly increased”, Unilever Australia & New Zealand CEO Clive Stiff said.
Unilever acquired the Toowoomba site as a result of its acquisition of Weis ice cream in 2017.
“After an extensive review, it’s become clear that consolidating our Australian ice cream manufacturing operations at Minto is necessary to achieve the benefits of scale and ensure continued strong on-shore manufacturing”, Mr Stiff added.
The Toowoomba plant will finally close in December 2020 following a “gradual transition”, the company added.