Victoria Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh
Yoghurt Factory Cultures New Jobs And Opportunity
Victor P Taffa
A $30 Million yoghurt factory expansion at Dandenong South is set to create 200 jobs and help put even more Victorian dairy products into export markets, Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh said today.
Mr. Walsh officially opened the upgraded 3,000-sqm state-of-the-art Chobani Australia factory today.
“This is an exciting upgrade that has allowed Chobani Australia to triple production at the Dandenong South site and create 50 manufacturing and management jobs.” Mr. Walsh said.
“Over the next three years Chobani Australia expects to create a further 150 jobs as the factory reaches full capacity.”
“This expansion is good news for Victorian dairy farmers who supply Chobani Australia, and it is a strong vote of confidence in Victoria’s valuable dairy sector.”
“Chobani acquired Bead Foods, the maker of Gippsland Dairy products, in 2011. It was the company’s first purchase outside the United States and the decision to invest here was based on Victoria’s reputation as Australia’s leading dairy state.”
“Chobani’s additional investment with the upgrade is also good news for the Dandenong South region because it is bringing significant new job opportunities to this area.” Mr. Walsh said.
Mr. Walsh said the Australian yoghurt and dairy desserts market was worth about $1 Billion annually and was one of the fastest growing domestic dairy product categories.
With products manufactured at South Dandenong’s plant already in Australian supermarkets, the next step for Chobani is to establish this Victorian site as an export hub to Asia.
“There is increasing demand for our dairy products in countries such as Japan, China, Singapore and Indonesia and the Victorian Coalition Government is already helping Victorian-based food manufactures access key export markets where there is growing demand for our products.” Mr. Walsh said.
“Our successful trade missions to the Middle East, India and China have already resulted in new deals for Victorian businesses, and planning is underway for a return trade mission to the Middle East early in 2013.”
“We are also driving productivity increases with programs like Growing Food and Fibre which is investing an additional $61.4 Million into targeted research and development, including $14.3 Million in the dairy sector.” Mr. Walsh said.