Chocolate Factory Expansion Sweetens Island Attraction
A popular tourist attraction and chocolate manufacturer on Philip Island has received support from the Andrews Labor Government to expand its facilities, create more local jobs and boost tourism.
Minister for Industry Support and Recovery Martin Pakula today visited the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory which is being supported by the Labor Government’s Business Competitiveness Program to expand its production capacity and build new viewing areas for visitors, creating 25 new jobs.
The $1.4 million project involves bringing in new machinery that will significantly boost production from 35 tonnes to 550 tonnes of chocolate each year – roughly the same weight as a full Airbus A380 airplane.
This will help the business to meet rising demand for chocolate through wholesale and export sales.
The project will also create more viewing areas for the public to see how the company’s chocolate treats are made, enhancing the experience for visitors which averaged around 170,000 a year prior to the pandemic.
Tourism is big business in Phillip Island. In 2019, Phillip Island welcomed 2.7 million visitors who stayed 3.1 million nights and contributed $579 million into the local economy.
Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is one of 28 small to medium-sized manufacturers across the state to receive a grant from the Business Competitive Program which aimsto improve production and make our manufacturing sector more competitive.