FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Hemp Food Australia managing director Paul Benhaim.
BANGALOW-BASED Hemp Foods Australia is on the verge of a potential employment boom as the company explores overseas markets.
The company is an importer and retailer of hemp-based food and nutritional products and recently invested $230,000 into a new facility at Bangalow already working near capacity.
Managing director Paul Benhaim said much of the employment projections for the business on the NSW Far North Coast rested with interest shown in the company’s products by Asia and North America.
“We should have a decision in three months or so,” he said.
“The company is going very well.
“It has its challenges but people are loving our products.
“We’re struggling to keep up with current demands.”
He said the company’s initial expectations of increased employment had jumped from a current level of five people plus contractors to around 30 in a couple of years.
“We’re confident we will become market leaders in the southern hemisphere in our specialised products,” Mr Benhaim said.
“The potential to support Australian farmers is huge.”
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