Co-op ranks in top 100 companies

Sjanna SandalovaGreat Southern Herald

Katanning’s largest employer — the Western Australian Meat Marketing Co-operative — has earned a spot in the top-100 Australian food and drink companies of 2017.

WAMMCO ranked 57th in the annual report, based on the revenues of the food and beverage industry’s heaviest hitters.

The data, sourced from IBISWorld and published in the latest edition of Food and Drink Business Magazine, shows WAMMCO’s revenue increased by $66 million in 2016-17.

WAMMCO chief executive Coll MacRury said it was a great reward to the WAMMCO team for all their hard work.

“Our revenue was up due to strong numbers processed and the world lamb markets performing strongly,” he said.

“Our ongoing investment in technology at the plant and the overseas markets as well as people means we can deliver superior performance.”

WAMMCO is a locally owned co-operative deriving its revenue from the manufacture, marketing and export of lamb meat and lamb products.

WAMMCO placed in front of brands including Lindt, Vitaco and Sunny Queens Farms.

Mr MacRury said it was a big achievement that would put Katanning on the map for the billion-dollar beverage and grocery sector.

“It is really important for a small regional town as it gives a strong economic and social base to the residents and businesses in the area,” he said.

“WAMMCO is ideally placed to take advantage of the WA lamb flock — 80 per cent of the WA flock are within four or five hours drive of the plant. So people need jobs and they have come to WAMMCO from all areas to take advantage of consistent work and a very successful business model.”

WAMMCO operates a halal abattoir, which employs 320 full-time workers in Katanning.

Get the latest news from in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails