The coolest workplace around the Goulburn Valley by the Shepparton News
Even on the hottest summer days you will find 32 rooms at less than 0c in Mooroopna.
The forklift drivers and coolstore workers at Valley Pack Cold Storage are some of the luckiest staff in the Goulburn Valley this week, as they work to keep national produce at quality-controlled temperatures for export across the world.
When The News visited Valley Pack Cold Storage yesterday, the team was moving white nectarines from Cobram into a -1c coolroom, where they will be kept until they make their way into a container in Melbourne and journey on to china, arriving on a ship in 20 days.
Valley Pack Cold Storage Transport Manager Taylor Hall said in a day, the company loaded 520 pallets headed to China. '"We have the largest facility in Victoria for exporting fruit to Asia, " he said.
Stacker Driver Scott Johnstone was stuck stacking the refrigerated containers out in the heat while his mates enjoyed the cooler work spaces
Family owned and operated for three generations, Mr Hall said the business did quality and pest inspections as well as making sure the temperature was uniform.
As well as nectarines, other popular items as Valley Pack Cold Storage include table grapes, citrus fruits, chesse and meat - travelling from places such as Griffith, Mildura and in the Goulburn Valley.
Work in the coolstores will be " full speed" next month, as staff work 24 hours a day to keep up with the demand. "The 32 coolrooms can hold 400 tonnes each," Mr Hall said.
" Because of our location, it makes it busy."
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Mr Hall agreed Valley Pack Cold Storage was one if the coolest places to be during the summer months, but warned about the nine freezers onsite, reaching temperatures of -27c.
"You don't want to stay in there for too long," he said.