Devondale is to build a new milk processing facility at Erskine Park west of Sydney at a cost of A$60 million.
The 100% farmer-owned cooperative is Australia’s largest dairy food company, receiving and manufacturing approximately three billion litres per annum or one third of Australia’s milk.
Devondale said in April that it planned to build two new facilities to grow its daily pasteurised milk business in New South Wales and Victoria.
Work has commenced on the Melbourne-based processing plant, which is being built alongside Devondale’s existing Integrated Logistics Centre.
Devondale general manager operations Keith Mentiplay said now the new Sydney site was secured, work would soon begin on the new facilities.
“There is just over one year to go before we are scheduled to begin production and we are well on track to becoming the nation’s most efficient producer of daily pasteurised milk.”
“Erskine Park was an obvious choice for us. As well as excellent land quality and infrastructure, this location also gives us easy access to the major milk supply regions in NSW, to the north, south and west of Sydney.”
Devondale said that it is actively seeking to grow its milk supply in the Sydney region to support the new processing plant and recently held farmer meetings.
“The response at the meetings was positive,” said Mentiplay. “We had the opportunity to speak to more than 300 farmers about what we had to offer.”