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March 3, 1981: It's the biggest

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August 16, 2017

Australia's largest tomato evaporator was officially commissioned in Tatura on Friday. 

The new evaporator has been installed at the Rosella foods plant. 

It was commissioned by State Leader of the National Party and Member for Shepparton, Mr Peter Ross-Edwards. 

The Italian designed evaporator cost more than $1 million.

Rosella Managing Director Mr Ron Walledge said at the ceremony the new plant would ultimately be able to process 45 000 tonnes of tomatoes each season.

"It is a very efficient piece of equipment which uses energy and resources more sparingly than the older types of plant.

However it will not lead to any reduction in labor requirements." Mr Walledge said.

Mr Walledge also sounded a warning to growers in the area. 

He said because Rosella was dealing in an internationally traded commodity a threat from overseas manufactured tomato products was always present. 

He said the solution was for growers and manufacturers to continue to find more efficient ways to produce tomato products. 

Pictured after the commissioning ceremony are (from left) the engineer from construction company Rossi and Catelli, Mr Joe Guareschi, Rosella Managing Director Ron Walledge, Member for Murray, Mr Bruce Lloyd, Member for Shepparton and Leader of the National Party, Mr Peter Ross-Edwards and Rosella factory manager, Mr Bill Lewis. 

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