Posted by Rita Mu
New Zealand milk processor A2 is expanding into the Australian market with the opening of a new facility in New South Wales next year.
The new plant, to be located in south western Sydney, will comprise a medium-sized processing facility designed to minimise the use of utilities and generation of waste.
Key features of the new facility include:
– Modular design
– A purpose built food-grade factory of approximately 2,500 sq metres building area;
– Segregated areas for raw materials, processing, packaging, and a cool room;
– Milk collection facilities to accommodate B-Double train trucks;
– Staff amenities, laboratory, offices, car parking.
“Our A2 milk business in Australia continues to grow rapidly and the development of our own processing facility will allow for the continued expansion of the business,” A2 Chairman Cliff Cook said.
“Sales growth has exceeded expectations in the six months to 30 June, 2011.”
The facility will process approximately 10 million litres of milk per annum initially with capacity to process increased volumes over time.
The project has an estimated capital cost to the company in the order of $7.5 million.
Production at the facility is expected to begin in January 2012.
Image: Work commences at the Smeaton Grange construction site in south-west Sydney behind factory builder, Roy Mammone, a2 Corporation chief executive officer, Geoffrey Babidge, and managing director of Leppington Pastoral Company, which will be the plant’s key supplier, Tony Perich.