Viplus Dairy donates to school

THE Viplus Dairy factory welcomed Toora Primary School students and a 20 strong Chinese delegation to celebrate Viplus’ $5000 donation ceremony last Thursday.
The sum was the same as the company’s donation to the school last year, with school council president Tara Hollier noting the funds would benefit the school reading program and implementation of a play pod with items to stimulate children’s creativity.
Viplus makes nutritional milk powder and has donated to many local causes including the Toora library, in addition to its three year commitment to the Toora Football and Netball Club, worth $30,000 over three years.
“About 60 locals from around the Toora vicinity are employed by Viplus and our dairy factory produces 25 tonnes of milk produce per day, all for the export market. We have strong working relationships with Burra Foods and Fonterra, where Burra Foods provide the bulk of our base milk powders,” operations manager Darren Humphries said.
Viplus is riding the Chinese boom and was Australia’s first company to receive accreditation and approval under the new China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) regulations for infant formula production.
The company is now expanding, entering into negotiations throughout the past nine months with Middle Eastern markets with plans to direct export to Dubai and Abu Dhabi with local language labels.
Vipus already produces according to stringent certified organic practices, and is exploring Halaal certification for these and local markets too.
The State Government announced a package to support further expansion and growth for Viplus, supporting a strategic and directed expansion of the Toora factory facilities to create jobs.
Viplus CEO Jon McNaught said, “We already have a five year presence within the Chinese markets when, back in 2014, we became an accredited Australian dairy manufacturer approved by China’s Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (CNCA). Our focus now with the Victorian State Government grant is to expand our packing and bagging, increasing output.
“At a recent China International Import Export Market held in Shanghai, we engaged in meaningful discussions with about 300 distributors. We had excellent media exposure with prime-time television views and coverage on China International Radio. Throughout this enormous five day event, we sold 25,000 units of milk produce.
“Our big seller throughout the past two and a half years is the Gold 40 plus aged care range. We are also very proud to be trialling a new mental health, nutritionally based formula.
“Those unfortunately in distress can be reluctant to seek out assistance and we believe this product could close many gaps for care. Trials are ongoing and about nine months underway.
“Other big sellers and popular products are our organic goat and cow formulas, so much so that demand is outpacing our output.”
The infant formula market exploded in 2017 seeing the stock prices of local companies soar through the roof. The future seems bright for South Gippsland’s economy if the wave continues its course.

Funding boost: Toora Primary School received a $5000 donation from Viplus Dairy at Toora last Thursday. Celebrating the contribution are Viplus Dairy CEO Jon McNaught (back, centre), Chinese delegates and Toora Primary School students from left, Tiana, Tom, Layella and Maddy.

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