First milk flows at Fon­terra’s Stan­hope cheese plant

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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.

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