The birthplace of Australia’s largest dairy co-operative will become a key player in Murray Goulburn’s shift from bulk commodities to finished dairy products.GEOFF ADAMS May 27, 2014 3:10am
M-G director Natalie Akers with site manager, Brendan Marwood at the Cobram Murray-Goulburn factory.
The processor is building a $74
Managing director Gary Helou said it was part of the company’s five-year plan to rejuvenate its manufacturing and supply chain infrastructure in the key product areas of nutritional powders, cheese and liquid milk.
The company is spending a total of $91
‘‘Customers and consumers value Australia’s food safety standards, regulations and our natural production environment — they want to buy finished goods from Australia, in addition to bulk commodities,’’ Mr Helou said.
‘‘The products that are driving demand are nutritional milk powders (baby/toddler formula), dairy beverages and consumer cheese.’’
He said investment in world-class equipment and automation would increase capacity across cheese portions and slices, as well as shredded cheese.
Murray Goulburn was established in 1949 after a public meeting held by the Murray Valley Soldier Settlers League at Katunga.
Mr Helou said Cobram was one of the largest milk receival sites in Australia, handling about 700
They also make about 20
‘‘In cheese this site is world renowned for making some of the best cheddars,’’ Mr Helou said.
‘‘We tend to sell it in bulk form, ie 25
‘‘The investment that we are making today is basically built around giving us flexibility to produce some of the best consumer cheese products.
‘‘We take the bulk cheese we make and we will cut it, wrap it, shred it, cube it, or snap freeze it, in a consumer format.’’
Mr Helou said the Asian consumer was the target.
‘‘They love cheese but want it in their own format and flavours and packaging.’’
He said the combined investment in terms of value exported would be worth something like $700
New products are expected to roll off the lines in July next year, with a fully commissioned plant ready in December.
Chairman of directors and Gippsland farmer Philip Tracy said Cobram was the foundation site for Murray Goulburn.
‘‘It’s going to play an even more significant role in the future,’’ Mr Tracy said.
‘‘We know that when we make decisions on this scale, the economic benefits flow through to the whole region.’’
Nathalia Secondary College principal John Sciacca will speak at Cool Heads tomorrow night about the night he came across the crash that killed Year 10 student Jess Hearn.
In a surprise announcement this morning the Burramine Sports Club has said there will be no Burramine Gift in 2015.
The Tatura and district Catholic community will celebrate the 51st staging of the Feast of St Donato on Saturday, August 2.
More than $30,000 was raised for the James McQuillan Future Fund through a nearest the pin competition at Moama Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Shavanna Coghill, Harvey Keating, Nate MacFarlane and Holly Scoble were among children who enjoyed the first community playgroup in Rochester on Monday.
Lancaster Football Netball Club makes all families welcome.
St Mary's College staff member Rhonda Tallnash declared Queensland bush poet female champion.
Jerilderie thumped Yarroweyah by 185 points on Saturday with star forward Aaron Purcell leading the charge.
Heathcote landfill is open until Sunday for the free disposal of e-waste.
Barooga Lions Club's stalwart of deb balls calls it a day after 17 years of service.
The Deniliquin Wetlands Restoration Community Project has restored the balance to the Deniliquin lagoon system.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
The garden is the work of more than 100 people and has taken more than a decade to complete. Aboriginal community devleopment worker Chris Thorne shared stories of Benalla's Indigenous heritage.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.