American Fork, Utah-based whole-foods nutrition company Whole Living and its subsidiary, The Brain Garden, has announced the establishment of a wholly-owned manufacturing facility in Australia to meet the increased demand for the region.

The facility will allow Whole Living to provide Australia and the Pacific Rim with products and increase profit margins by reducing the costs typically associated with the import and export business. On average it took over two weeks to ship the good from the facility in Utah to these regions. The plant is expected to be fully operational in September of 2002.

"Australian sales have ramped at an astounding rate that beat even our highest projections for the region. 100% growth over the last three months demonstrated to our company that it was time to expand our operations in the area," said Sherman Smith, director of international operations.

"Not only will the plant preserve the freshness and quality of our Whole Foods products but will lay the ground work for the manufacturing of future products."