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The Union Dairy Company

February 16, 2017


The Union Dairy Company

Commissioning of a new dairy processing plant in the Limestone Coast is on track and the recruitment of workers is now underway.

The Union Dairy Company, (Midfield Group, Louis Dreyfus Company joint venture) is currently investing $80 million to build a dairy processing plant 8km south of Penola. The plant is scheduled to be commissioned in 2017 and will process over 200 million litres of raw milk and produce more than 30,000 tonne of milk powders and fats for export.

Managing Director of The Union Dairy Company, Mr Daniel Aarons, said the company was delighted to be recruiting for more than 30 full-time positions in co-operation with Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast including warehouse coordinators, quality and hygiene officers and a range of process controllers. Additional senior management and maintenance roles are also available and advertising has been underway for several weeks already. The management and maintenance roles and subsequent recruitment is being managed directly by The Union Dairy Company.

“Our expectations are high and we are determined to find the best person for each role. In return the successful applicants will have an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new venture producing premium product for the global marketplace” Mr. Aarons said.

David Wheaton, Chief Executive of Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast, said the RDALC was pleased to be coordinating the screening, recruitment and training of prospective employees.

“The Penola plant will grow the region’s skills base and build our capacity to serve global markets more efficiently,” Mr Wheaton said.

Position descriptions can be obtained from the RDALC website and applications close on 27th January 2016.


For further Information contact:

Mr Daniel Aarons 0439 294 318

Mr David Wheaton 0417 885 920

Date: 16 January 2017

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Understanding the future of Australia’s food and beverage industry

February 1, 2017

Understanding the future of Australia’s food and beverage industry

The Limestone Coast RDA is pleased to host a learning event for the food, beverage and agribusiness sectors. The event will provide the latest thinking, support and information about the future of the functional and luxury food and beverage sector.

The learning event will be held at Chardonnay Lodge on the 9th February, starting at 10.30am and provides an unprecedented opportunity for local business leaders to hear from leading experts including Primary Industries and Regions SA, FoodSA, the South Australian Research and Development Institute, CSIRO, and Food Innovation Australia Limited.

The event will also include information from a wide range of service providers in attendance including AusIndustry, Tradestart, BusinessSA and the Department of State Development.

Chief Executive Officer of Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast, David Wheaton, said the event would provide an opportunity for businesses to consider the latest research and market insights for high value products for South Australian producers. The event will allow businesses to consider how they could improve their products and reach new markets.

AusIndustry Regional Manager, Callena Rawlings said “This is a collaboration between PIRSA, AusIndustry and the Limestone Coast RDA. We’ve worked together to create an event that recognises the significant contribution and value to the regional economy that our food and beverage industries play in the Limestone Coast. We tried to provide something of interest for everyone with a range of high calibre speakers and relevant service providers. I’d encourage any business in these sectors who is looking at future growth opportunities to attend”.

PIRSA’s Limestone Coast Regional Coordinator, Peta Crewe said “We are keen to support businesses to reflect on where they are at in their business journey, what information or knowledge gaps they have, and most importantly, where they can get help”.

“This event is a fantastic opportunity for industry leaders to position their business by harnessing emerging opportunities and understanding new markets,” Mr Wheaton said.

If you are interested in attending this event please RSVP to Taylah Connolly by the 7th February on 8723 1057 or


For further Information contact:-

Mr David Wheaton

Ph: 87231057

Mobile 0417 885 920

Date: 1st February 2017

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