First milk flows at Fonterra’s Stanhope cheese plant
THE FIRST block of cheese has rolled off the line at Fonterra’s new $140 million Stanhope cheese plant.
The cheese, made from milk collected from dairy farms in northern Victoria, is destined for the domestic and global markets.
Stanhope dairy farmer Rob Schloss says the local community is looking forward to seeing Stanhope cheese on supermarket shelves again.
“For the community, I think it’s going to be a big plus to have the cheese plant operating again, and it will put some positivity back into the industry in the north,” Rob said.
Fonterra began its $140 million dollar rebuild and expansion of its Stanhope site in northern Victoria in 2015, after the cheese plant was destroyed by fire in December 2014.
Fonterra Australia Managing Director René Dedoncker said the Stanhope cheese plant would help Fonterra meet growing global demand for cheese.
“The plant will process millions of litres of milk from across northern Victoria each year to make cheese and whey. Before long we’ll be making mozzarella at Stanhope for the first time, which will soon be topping delicious pizzas in China.”
The cheese plant will be officially opened at an event in mid-August.
Stanhope dairy farmer Rob Schloss.