Beston’s Murraylands expansion creates regional jobs
A new $9.5 million expansion of a dairy plant at Jervois has officially opened.
Beston Global Food Company’s expanded Jervois dairy plant has significantly increased its ability to produce lactoferrin - a product derived from milk that is highly sought after in pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products.
Primary Industries Minister David Basham said Beston Global Food Company received $2 million from the Marshall Liberal Government’s $160 million Regional Growth Fund towards the expansion.
“The South Australian dairy industry is world-class and the team at Beston's are a great example of a proud local company leading the way,” Minister Basham said.
“The expansion of their dairy plant at Jervois is fantastic for South Australia’s regional economy and importantly local jobs, with 30 new positions created."
Since 2016 Bestons have increased production from 17 million litres of milk per year up to 155 million litres.
Minister Basham said that the production of lactoferrin at the Jervois plant will help value add to an already strong product.
“Lactoferrin is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties and is very high value for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products.
"To have a South Australian-based company involved in such an innovative project is great for our state and the Murraylands region.”
Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick said the Marshall Liberal Government’s Regional Growth Fund is supporting hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in the Murraylands.
“The upgrade at Beston's is another example of the State Government investing in regional South Australia and in particular the Murraylands,” Mr Pederick said.
“These projects are creating hundreds of local jobs and helping raise the profile of the Murraylands as a great place to live, work and play.”
Beston Global Food Company’s Chief Operating Officer Hamish Browning said the upgraded facility at Jervois will be able to produce six times as much lactoferrin.
“By expanding our dairy plant at Jervois we will be able to go from producing 3 megatonnes of lactoferrin a year to 20 megatonnes,” Mr Browning said.
“We are proudly South Australian-based company and this upgrade made possible with the help of the Regional Growth Fund will improve security for the local dairy industry as well as provide significant growth opportunities.”