18/06/2008 - 22:00

Mac’s works the angles

18/06/2008 - 22:00

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For Morley-based food producer Mrs Mac's Pty Ltd, the gas crisis has put the company in a state of watchful alert, rather than caused significant disruption.

Mac’s works the angles

For Morley-based food producer Mrs Mac's Pty Ltd, the gas crisis has put the company in a state of watchful alert, rather than caused significant disruption.

The company has sought to be the good citizen by cutting back on the time spent warming its ovens each morning, but otherwise it remains fully operational with a production staff of 250.

"We are obviously conscious of the issue and have taken some steps to reduce the potential impact and minimise usage of overall supplies," Mrs Mac's general manager, Murray Beros, said.

He said the most gas dependent part of his business was the supply chain and he was communicating with raw material producers such as abattoirs regarding the crisis' impact on them.

Abattoirs have been on high alert since the crisis began, with big concerns about how the whole sector, through to the farmers, would manage.

Poor rains are also likely to push more livestock onto the market.

There has also been the issue of deep freezing processes being put out of action due to the drop in CO2 production as a result of the gas outage.

Overall, Mr Beros said the supply side was steady at this stage though he was keeping a close eye on developments.

"We have talked to our suppliers," he said.

"We are monitoring the situation."

"There is probably not too much to report.

"We have not been affected to the extent of some businesses - it is business as usual."

On the customer side of the business, Mrs Mac's had not encountered any issues arising from the current crisis, reflecting the fact the biggest impact was in the resources sector.

Mr Beros said he had attended briefings run by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA and was awaiting further information from government.

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