Bega Cheese and the Victorian state government have announced the expansion of the company’s Tatura facility in response to a new export deal to the Middle East.
Article by- Rhiannon Sawyer, Dynamic Export
The $7.8 million expansion will generate added investment and jobs in the dairy industry, and will mean the company’s production capacity of cream cheese at the Tatura facility will increase from 15,000 tonnes to 22,000 tonnes.
Victorian Minister for Innovation, Services, and Small Business Louise Asher joined Bega Cheese‘s CEO Aidan Coleman to make the announcement at the Gulfood trade fair in Dubai.
“This announcement is a clear sign of the strength of Victoria’s dairy industry, and in particular, the opportunities present for our clean, safe and reliable dairy exports to the Middle East region,” Asher said. ”I am pleased Bega Cheese has recognised the opportunities in the Middle Eastern market and has joined me on Victoria’s largest ever trade mission to the region.”
Coleman added, “We are proud to be working with the Victorian Coalition Government on these ongoing trade and investment projects, including the Dairy Nutriceuticals to Asia Program which aims to significantly increase our export of infant formula, and other nutritional powders to Asia and the Middle East.”
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh welcomed the announcement in Melbourne, saying that Victorian exports of dairy to the Middle East and North Africa grew by almost 18 percent from 2009-10 to 2010-11 and were worth $272 million.
The Tatura dairy facility is already exporting to key markets in the Gulf region, including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.