MILLIONS of dollars worth of cheese equipment has begun arriving into Stanhope that is set to form Fonterra’s new state-of-the-art cheese plant.
When the new cheese plant comes online in mid 2017, it will produce 45,000 tonnes of cheese each year for the domestic and export markets, increasing Fonterra’s cheese production by 50 percent.
Fonterra Australia regional operations manager, Jason Wright said the site is a hive of activity with all the building, equipment arriving and the beginning of the assembly process.
“With the shell of the building nearing completion, we are now taking delivery of the equipment that will form the cheese making plant. With a cheese plant this size, putting it together is like assembling a giant jigsaw puzzle. We have around one hundred staff and contractors on site each day helping with the build.
“The new production line will produce enough cheese for almost one billion cheese toasties.”