CLAIMS a multinational chocolate company's proposed investment in the state was stymied by bureaucracy have been dismissed by the company's Australian director.
Agri Australis managing director Alessandro Boccardo said the Tasmanian Government had been nothing but supportive of its move to develop hazelnut plantations in the Meander Valley region.
Working for Italian chocolate producer Ferrero Rocher, the company looked to plant about one million hazelnut trees and create 100 jobs.
The development is now slated for New South Wales.
"I cannot blame absolutely any specific event or a specific attitude ... sometimes, life happens to find the right sort of land in the right moment," Mr Boccardo said.
He said there was potential for future investment in the state.
Frustrated Dairy Plains landowner Michael Terry said the company had planned to build a chocolate factory and use locally sourced milk but was told by directors they were fed up with red tape. Mr Terry was approached in 2010 for use of his land in growing hazelnuts.
"I'm sad and disappointed about what's happened," Mr Terry said.
"They said they'd get through one glass door and get everything right, and then they'd come to another glass door, so they said, `that's it, we're leaving'."
A state government spokesman said the government had supported the company.
Opposition industry spokesman Peter Gutwein said the Liberal Party would create a position for a co- ordinator-general for business.
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