New South Australian dairy factory ready

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As reported in Dairy Australia's June Dairyweb News

Australia’s newest milk powder factory, the $80m Union Dairy Company plant in Penola in SA, will start production in July.

Company MD Daniel Aarons said much of the first two years of WMP and SMP production had already been pre-sold. The JV between Warrnambool-based Midfield Group and agribusiness giant Louis Dreyfus Company plans to dry 30,000 tonnes/year, using milk sourced from the state’s south-east as well as south-west Victoria.

“We have worked very hard by way of running a series of workshops with farmers to ask what’s important as a milk model with payment,” Mr Aarons said.

“We will not step down on what we are calling our minimum guaranteed price. We are going to open at a very generous price and that will be a price set in concrete.”

Construction of the plant was 90% complete, with 40 staff recruited, he said.