Posted on 19. May, 2010 in Victoria

Australia’s two leading producers of dairy infant formula, Murray Goulburn Co-operative and Tatura Milk Industries, presented their world class products at a charitable event in Shanghai today as part of a Victorian Government-supported trade mission.

Addressing the event, Premier John Brumby said Victorian companies were ideally placed to capitalise on surging Chinese demand for premium infant formula with sales of infant formula products growing by 19 per cent in 2009 alone.

“Victoria is Australia’s foodbowl and has earned a global reputation as a secure, reliable and competitive producer of quality, fresh, clean and safe food and beverages,” Mr Brumby said.

“Food and beverages are our biggest export, earning $5.6 billion for the state each year, and we account for two-thirds of Australia’s dairy production and approximately 80 per cent of the nation’s dairy exports.

“Last year, Victoria exported $322 million worth of food products to China, including $150 million in dairy products, and today’s event provides an excellent platform to build on our strong trade links with the world’s most populous country, which is already our state’s largest trading partner.

“That’s why the Victorian Government, along with the Australian Government, has been making the biggest investment in irrigation upgrades in 100 years with water savings in northern Victoria’s irrigation region.

“The $2 billion investment to develop a state-of-the-art irrigation system will ensure the long-term future of irrigated agriculture in Victoria.” 

Victoria is home to more than 2000 food processing companies and accounts for 30 per cent of Australia’s total food production.

Victoria is Australia’s premier dairy state and exports a diverse range of products – from milk powders, cheeses and butter to infant milk formula, cream, ice cream and yoghurt – to countries all over the world.

Industry and Trade Minister Jacinta Allan said the State had an enviable record in the world market as a ‘clean and green’ supplier of dairy products, enhanced by a robust regulatory system overseen by Dairy Food Safe Victoria.

“The system ensures the integrity of Victoria’s dairy products during all stages of the production process, from the quality of the milk at farm gate, through to processing, manufacturing and distribution of products in Australia and around the world,” she said.

Ms Allan said the Victorian Government was proud to support two of Victoria’s leading dairy companies to market their products in China, with events in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing.

“Murray Goulburn Co-operative and Tatura Milk Industries’ success in China has the potential to deliver significant benefits to Victoria, driving exports growth and creating jobs,” she said.

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