THE announcement of a $6.5M upgrade to Fonterra Australia’s cheese-making equipment at its Stanhope site has been hailed by the community as a constructive step for manufacturing in Northern Victoria.
Including a $3M Cheddarmaster cheese-making machine, which is currently being constructed in New Zealand and due to be shipped over in the coming weeks, the upgrade is set to allow Fonterra to employ more team members in cheese production during peak times at its Stanhope plant.
The investment is complementary to a $25M investment that Fonterra has been making over the past two years in yoghurt manufacturing at its Echuca plant, further ensuring the company’s ability to produce a balanced portfolio of products.
Site Manager at Fonterra in Stanhope, Brett Nilon said, “This is an exciting step for us at Stanhope because it will really future proof our cheese-making operation for years to come.
“The new equipment will enable us to increase production capacity, maintain our high quality and safety standards, and improve efficiency in our cheese manufacturing.
“During the peak milking season, we would expect the Cheddarmaster to run 24 hours per day, which will require around 12 additional people on site, which is great news for the local community,” Mr Nilon said.
Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone said, “Fonterra have shown with this announcement that they are committed long term to the region. It goes hand in hand with their active involvement in the local community, supporting such things as the CFA,” Dr Stone said.