Brownes’ China cheese pleas

Countryman - - NEWS - Jenne Bram­mer

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.

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