Bega Cheese expands to cater for overseas market.


Tatura Milk Industries looks set to expand their Tatura facility to the tune of $7.8 million due to increased market opportunities in the Middle East. The expansion will generate additional employment opportunities in the area and will see production of cream cheese at the factory increase from 15,000 to 22,000 tonnes per annum.

The Tatura facility has been producing cream cheese and specialty frozen milk-fat ingredients for more than 30 years, and exports dairy products to key markets in the Gulf region, including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Tatura Milk Industries is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bega Cheese andCEO Aidan Coleman said the expansion had been a 12 month project in the making. He said it would further drive innovation and export outcomes for the dairy company “This news follows on from our purchase and investment in the former Kraft site at Strathmerton, which has significantly increased our production capacity in northern Victoria,” Mr Coleman said.

Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said Victorian exports of dairy product to the Middle East and North African regions have grown by almost 18 per cent since 2009 and were worth $272 million. “Victoria accounts for 87 per cent of the value of Australia’s dairy exports and has a reputation second to none in terms of both quality and quantity of product available,” Mr Walsh said. “Bega Cheese’s Tatura facility will need an extra 30 to 40 million litres of milk per year once the expansion is running at full capacity in three years. This will be a great boost to northern Victoria’s dairy producers.”

Victorian Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher said the announcement is a clear sign of the strength of Victoria’s dairy industry, and in particular, the opportunities present for our clean, safe and reliable dairy exports to the Middle East region.”

Bega Cheese joined more than 100 other companies and organisations in strategic industries including food and beverage, agribusiness, infrastructure and water management on a Victorian Coalition Government trade mission to the Middle East.

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