Harvey Beef in hiatus

29 Jan, 2009 03:00 AM
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Harvey Beef CEO Michael Rapattoni said an intesive review of the whole business was currently undeway.
Harvey Beef CEO Michael Rapattoni said an intesive review of the whole business was currently undeway.

HARVEY Beef is undertaking an intensive review of their whole business. WA's largest beef processor raised industry concerns with last week's announcement that it would close for nine days, but it says it is will be business as usual as of February 2.

Harvey Beef chief executive officer Michael Rapattoni said a "top to bottom" company review was taking place and no stone would be left unturned.

The processor is believed to be undertaking the review with assistance from management of its sister abattoir, the Queensland-based Kilcoy Pastoral Company.

Mr Rapattoni said he would like to work more closely with Kilcoy in the future.

"There is 30-40 years experience in the meat industry there that we can tap into and while we have probably both worked independently of each other in the past it is silly to have that asset there and not use it," he said.

Mr Rapattoni also answered speculation that inefficiencies within the plant contributed to the shut down.

"It is no secret that we inherited some inefficiency from the previous owners and following this review we hope to take the chance to clean it right up and get it going," he said.

"Inefficiencies certainly come home to roost when the market is as tough as it is now.

"We have got most of the stock sold and we are just punching through this next week to reduce levels from a cashflow perspective."

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