Table­lands dairy eyes ex­port plan

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A PRO­DUC­TION fa­cil­ity be­ing built by Mun­galli Creek Dairy, which opens next year, could throw open the doors to an emerg­ing ex­port mar­ket for the Table­lands bio­dy­namic pro­ducer.

Mar­ket­ing and pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Michelle Bell-Turner said the com­pany had been in dis­cus­sions with buy­ers in Sin­ga­pore and Ja­pan but com­mit­ment to the pro­vi­sion of lo­cal de­mand re­mained a pri­or­ity.

“Ul­ti­mately (the new fa­cil­ity) will in­crease our ca­pac­ity for new prod­uct de­vel­op­ment as well as have the ca­pac­ity to be ex­port li­censed and to also stream­line some of our pro­cesses so they are more ef­fi­cient,” she said.

The dairy has just ac­quired a new farm that will be con­verted to bio­dy­namic pro­duc­tion of­fer­ing a 180 strong milk­ing heard at Windy Hill.

“It will main­tain sup­ply for the lo­cal re­gion and look at sup­ply­ing new mar­kets,” she said.

The con­struc­tion of the new fa­cil­ity has been made pos­si­ble by fund­ing made avail­able through a Depart­ment of State De­vel­op­ment jobs and re­gional growth grant.

“Over the next two years we will be em­ploy­ing an ad- di­tional 20 staff,” Ms Bell-Turner said.

The fa­cil­ity is ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional by June or July next year.

“As part of our com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing lo­cals all the trades and con­struc­tion peo­ple are lo­cal,” she said.

Ms Bell-Turner said Mun­galli Creek prod­ucts are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar and de­mand is con­stantly in­creas­ing.

“More and more peo­ple are look­ing for prod­ucts that are good for their health and the en­vi­ron­ment and we tick all those boxes,” she said.

The com­pany em­ploy­ees 40 full-time equiv­a­lent em­ploy­ees across the Far North.

MORE MILK: Work on a new Mun­galli Creek Dairy pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity is un­der way. Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

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