Simon was joined by SP Brewery managing director Stan Joyce and Huon Gulf MP Ross Seymour to officially open the K10 million SPB cassava plant at Erap, Markham District, the Post Courier Newspaper reported.
The factory launch also coincided with SP Brewery introducing to its line of beverages the new 330ml Pawa Punch fruit punch containing 6% alcohol brewed from 100% local cassava. It will be the main product coming from the factory.
"SP has invested about K10 million in the plant and another K5 million or so into the development of the cassava drink," Joyce said.
The factory will produce cassava flour only which is then processed at the Lae brewery for the canned product.
Joyce said SP Brewery had tapped into commercialising starch from cassava as there was a global demand for the product.
The new Pawa Punch has been distributed for retailing since last week.