Thomas Foods International is keeping calm and carrying on

Big meat processor tells consumers that producers have their back

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FULL STEAM AHEAD: Thomas Foods International CEO, Darren Thomas, says the big family-owned meat processor and marketer is playing its part in keeping red meat on Australian tables during the coronavirus emergency.

FULL STEAM AHEAD: Thomas Foods International CEO, Darren Thomas, says the big family-owned meat processor and marketer is playing its part in keeping red meat on Australian tables during the coronavirus emergency.

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Thomas Foods International says meat processing at its two major plants is operating as normal.

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Major sheepmeat and beef processor, Thomas Foods International, says operations are continuing as normal at its two major plants in NSW and South Australia.

"We're all systems go," Thomas Foods International chief executive Darren Thomas said.

TFI has processing facilities at Lobethal and Tamworth and plans to start building a new $300 million plant near Murray Bridge later this year.

Meat processors and retailers have been put under pressure by panic buying of red meat because of fears about coronavirus.

Shortages of prime sheep and cattle because of the long drought have also been causing headaches.

"Our production facilities are focused on ensuring all our customers continue to have access to beef and lamb," Mr Thomas said.

"We're working closely with local farmers and our food industry partners to meet consumer demand.

"There's plenty of high quality Australian produce to go around."

Mr Thomas said the food industry was made up of experienced, innovative and determined producers who were stepping up to meet the challenges head on.

"Our industry has faced enormous challenges throughout its history and each time we've come together and prevailed," he said.

"We are lucky in this country to have an amazing food bowl in our own backyard and outstanding producers recognised as the best in their fields.

"I have every confidence in the Australian spirit to see us through times like this."

TFI, Australia's largest 100 per cent family-owned meat processing company, is seeking production and maintenance staff for its Lobethal and Tamworth plants.

"All our production facilities operate under strict hygiene and food safety standards and policies," Mr Thomas said

The story Thomas Foods International is keeping calm and carrying on first appeared on Farm Online.

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