Robern Menz, the Adelaide confectioner which re-introduced the Violet Crumble chocolate bar to Australia, is set to bring back another icon – the Polly Waffle.
The company bought the rights to make both chocolate bars from Nestle, and immediately re-worked its existing honeycomb production lines to make the Violet Crumble.
Now the federal government has come to the company’s aid, announcing a $1 million grant towards a $5 million factory refit to produce the Polly Waffle.
Menz CEO Phil Sims said: “(This is) an essential catalyst to getting this project up and running and gives us the confidence to invest in the production line which.
“We can now turn our attention towards the purchase of vital equipment to support the production of Polly Waffle at our factory in Adelaide.”
Thirty eight production jobs will be created in the process.
The grant comes from the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund which matches federal money to company contributions.
Industry minister Karen Andrews announced the Robern Menz grant among Grants totalling $35 million that will go to 59 companies for large scale projects worth over $177 million.
A further $13.3 million in grants will go to 141 small scale projects worth over $38 million.
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