Tick of approval for factory
TOORA’S ViPlus Dairy is one of just four Australian companies to gain accreditation under new Chinese regulations, introduced earlier this year
Chris McKiernan, international and domestic sales spokesperson for ViPlus Dairy, said the accreditation meant the factory can now export its infant formula to China.
“There are limitations being placed on other countries as well. Australia used to have 17 companies exporting to China, now there are just four,” he said.
“That means we need to be careful with quality control which will include full traceability with the product we export.
“The Chinese market is expecting ViPlus to have tighter control over its product.
“In terms of the farm gate and our relationship between farmers, we will also need to provide more information behind any raw product.”
Mr McKiernan said the accreditation would allow the factory to develop and grow.
“Locally, that means we expect to be extremely busy, ramp up production and we see some great opportunities for local producers,” he said.
“Currently, the factory uses two different base products: one from Murray Goulburn and one from New Zealand.
“Murray Goulburn will probably be the major supplier going forward.”
The factory recently announced plans for development of stage two, which Mr McKiernan said was based around installing a spray dryer.
“The installation of a spray dryer will allow the factory to process fresh milk which will give the factory more control over the end product,” he said.
“The plans to build the spray dryer are currently at council. We expect to have these finalised over the next 10 to 12 weeks, and we hope to start building in late 2014.
“The factory is expected to be active with the spray dryer in early 2015.”
Mr McKiernan expects production will re-commence at the end of July.
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