A land purchase has been finalised by Tatura Milk.GEOFF ADAMS February 12, 2013 4:09am
Tatura Milk is finalising the purchase of former railway land on the west side of its existing factory for future expansion on the edge of the town.
Chairman of the parent company Bega Cheese, Barry Irvin said council planning and government permission had been obtained for the purchase of two blocks of land and documents were almost completed.
‘‘We’ve taken a very long-term view of the capacity of the site for expansion,’’ Mr Irvin said.
‘‘We will not necessarily have many short-term projects but in the long term we will have room to grow.
‘‘And now we have the support of the government and community to ensure that.’’
He said the company had been in talks with the government over several years and the discussions had moved along quicker in the past 12 months.
Mr Irvin said he wanted to be able to have capacity to enlarge the infant formula facility (which adjoins the vacant land) if it was required.
The company has recently upgraded its cream cheese production and has also installed water tanks to supplement the town water supply.
Asked about the milk price, Mr Irvin said they had announced a milk price increase in mid January and were among the leading group of manufacturing milk processors.
Mr Irvin said they were trying to extract as much as they could out of the market prices for their suppliers, but they were facing international markets and the high Australian dollar.
‘‘We are endeavouring to do what we can and try to maximise market improvements by way of the milk price.’’
He said he could understand the emotion and frustration of farmers.
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