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By Jessica Anstice
DAIRY farmers stand to benefit from
an extension to an arrangement between
dairy companies Burra Foods of Korum-
burra and ViPlus of Toora.
ViPlus announced an extension to its partner-
ship with Burra Foods which sees ViPlus buy lo-
cal milk powder from Burra Foods to manufac-
The arrangement will result in more jobs at
ViPlus’ Toora factory.
“Burra Foods and ViPlus are a logical fit as
both are committed to maximising the value of
what South Gippsland offers, a world best supply
chain for milk,” Burra Foods CEO Grant Croth-
“Burra’s business to business focus and ViPlus’
business to consumer skills complement each oth-
er, enhancing the opportunity for success.”
ViPlus revealed it had secured international
agreements into new markets in the Middle East,
as well as Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines and
The company plans to enter the market in Af-
rica by the end of this year.
ViPlus is also developing a strong presence in
the Australian market place with distributor part-
ner IR Exchange group, and China remains an in-
tegral part of the company’s growth strategy.
In the next 12 months, ViPlus will produce
approximately 10 million milk powder products
for the Australian market, as well as exporting to
China and other countries.
“It’s a long term commitment to Burra Foods
and the local producers,” ViPlus CEO Peter Cun-
He said ViPlus is expected to grow by at least
50 percent in the next 12 months.
More than 40 local staff are employed at the
Toora production factory, which reopened in
Milk companies stay united
to boost South Gippsland
Farm country: ViPlus presented Toora Primary School with a cheque of $5000. Top row
from left, Toora Primary School principal Luke Haustorfer with students Maddison, Sunday,
Ash, Chea, Django, Scarlet and Mackenzie and front row from left, Phoenix, Tess, Bella,
Tom, Ella, Tex, ViPlus CEO Peter Cunningham and South Gippsland Shire Council mayor
Cr Ray Argento.
Factory tour: from left, South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray Argento, ViPlus
quality assurance manager Liz Heald and South Gippsland Shire Council coordinator of
economic development and tourism Ken Fraser explored inside the ViPlus factory in Toora
on Tuesday, September 5.
“We expect a probable increase in staff, wheth-
er it is an extension of the hours of the existing
shifts or there might be requirement to bring in a
further shift,” he said.
“It means more jobs in Toora in the future and
it means the ultimate beneficiaries are local dairy
Mr Crothers said Burra Foods continued to up-
skill staff and recruit new talent.
“We are comfortable with our milk supply
volume at the moment so we have no immediate
plans to recruit new suppliers,” he said.
South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Ray
Argento, a former dairy farmer, said, “Companies
like ViPlus add value to the dairy industry and
grow our community.
“We thank ViPlus for its investment in South
Gippsland and we look forward to future invest-
ments as they come along.”
Last Tuesday, September 5, council’s eco-
nomic development unit joined with ViPlus to
host Australian and Chinese media at a showcase
of local producers, including a cheese producer, a
wine producer, a boutique brewery and distillery.
The event included a tour of Burra Foods’ Koru-
Mr Cunningham said, “We have expanded
our distribution contracts beyond China into new
emerging markets that strengthens our commit-
ment to the Victorian dairy industry.
“Gippsland is the heart of Australia’s clean and
green dairy industry. The more ViPlus expands
production, the greater the future for the whole
ViPlus supports the Toora community through
jobs as well as by backing sporting clubs, Toora
Primary School and the dairy museum.
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