Bega re­ceives $5 Mgrant

The Tatura Guardian - - News -

Tatura Milk In­dus­tries chair Barry Irvin said he was pleased to an­nounce re­cently that Bega Cheese had re­ceived a $5 mil­lion Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment grant for a high value dairy bionu­tri­ent ex­trac­tion fa­cil­ity, which will be in­stalled at La­goon St, Bega.

Mr Irvin said the to­tal cost of the pro­ject was about $22 mil­lion and the com­pany had be­gun the plan­ning de­vel­op­ment and ap­proval process.

‘‘This new pro­ject is a re­flec­tion of the com­pany’s con­sis­tent, long-term strat­egy of in­vest­ing in high value man­u­fac­tur­ing in our key busi­ness plat­forms of dairy man­u­fac­tur­ing, con­sumer pack­aged goods, dairy nutri­tion­als and bio nu­tri­ents,’’ he said.

‘‘A con­sis­tent and well­man­aged in­vest­ment pro­gram has seen the com­pany cre­ate qual­ity ca­pac­ity and ca­pa­bil­i­ties in high-value dairy prod­ucts which is vi­tal, par­tic­u­larly in times of low global prices.’’

Mr Irvin said in dairy man­u­fac­tur­ing, there were al­ways com­po­nents of milk that had the po­ten­tial to be im­pacted by com­mod­ity process and ex­change rate.

‘‘In our busi­ness a good ex­am­ple of that is cream cheese. The com­pany has made con­sis­tent in­vest­ment in high qual­ity ca­pac­i­ties in cream cheese man­u­fac­ture and value adding at Tatura and our cream cheese busi­ness is a great suc­cess story.

‘‘Of course when you pro­duce cream cheese you cre­ate skim milk and that presents a chal­lenge, par­tic­u­larly in years such as this one when global prices for skim milk pow­der are par­tic­u­larly low,’’ he said.

‘‘The ob­jec­tive of our busi­ness is to al­ways con­tinue to in­vest to add value to the milk we re­ceive and the prod­uct we pro­duce.

‘‘There are great ex­am­ples of this across the busi­ness in­clud­ing prod-

com­mod­ity ucts such as string cheese at Bega, in­fant for­mula and grow­ing-up milk pow­der man­u­fac­turer at Tatura, can­ning and blend­ing at Derrimut, au­to­ma­tion and in­vest­ment at Coburg, Ridge St and Strath­mer­ton.

‘‘We are de­lighted to be adding high-value bionu­tri­ent pro­duc­tion at La­goon St, which com­ple­ments the ex­ist­ing ca­pac­ity we have in lacto­fer­rin prod­uct at Tatura and fur­ther adds to our ca­pa­bil­i­ties in bio-nu­tri­ent pro­duc­tion.’’

Milk in­take

Tatura Milk In­dus­tries milk sup­ply ser­vices man­ager Stu­art Brown ad­vises that milk in­take con­tin­ues to be well above last sea­son, and is re­spond­ing to the dry con­di­tions.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately au­tumn rains have been spas­modic, and most sup­pli­ers have grazed all avail­able green feed,’’ he said.

‘‘Hope­fully some wet­ter con­di­tions are on the way.’’

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