Fonterra’s Stanhope plant goes crackers for cheese
24 January 2018
Stanhope’s primary cheese plant is set to double in size and offer an additional 36 ongoing jobs after an $125 million investment from Fonterra.
The expansion, announced today, will increase cheese making capacity by 35,000 metric tonnes for a range of cheese including cheddar and mozzarella.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan welcomed the investment saying it was a vote of confidence in the future of dairy in Stanhope.
“The name Stanhope is synonymous with dairy farming and dairy production in Victoria and the rest of Australia,” Ms Ryan said.
“The town’s tremendous community spirit and the resilience of its people has been proven time and time again.
“Despite drought and other adversity, Stanhope’s dairy farmers have proven they are world class.
“Their hard work was recognised in 2015 when the town was named Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital in 2015.
“This boost is a fantastic show of confidence in the Stanhope community and I look forward to seeing how the expansion will benefit Stanhope in years to come.”
The announcement also included $7 million for an expansion of Fonterra’s nutritionals plant at Darnum, $13.5 million for projects at Cobden and $8.6 million for Dennington.