Brownes’ China cheese pleas
WA dairy farmers who supply to Brownes are being given the opportunity to produce about 10 per cent more milk within the next 12 to 18 months as part of the company’s new growth strategy.
WA’s oldest dairy was bought by Chinese dairy giant Shanghai Ground Food Tech in December, voicing plans to grow the business.
That growth involves a $10 million investment to restart the Brunswick Cheese Factory in the South West.
At full capacity, in three to five years time, the factory will manufacture up to 6000 tonnes of cheese a year, using 60 million litres of milk, or 15 per cent of WA’s annual supply.
Most of the cheese produced would be exported to China.
Brownes managing director Tony Girgis said the dairy’s 49 farmers had been told they could increase their production if they wished.
There was no intention to take on additional suppliers at this stage.
Separately, corporate dairy farmer Lactanz, north-east of Augusta, will lose its about 20 million-litre contract with Harvey Fresh in July. AAG Investment Management, which owns Lactanz, did not return calls.