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Chinese pizza boom good Australian mozzarella sales

  • By: Farm Tender "Prime"
  • Feb 06, 2018

Mozzarella made at Fonterra’s Stanhope cheese plant in Northern Victoria will soon be topping pizzas at restaurants in China, as Fonterra’s Australian business moves to take a bigger slice of pizza’s popularity in the Asian nation.

The first mozzarella is rolling off the line as Fonterra’s new cheese plant in Stanhope is being commissioned in readiness to start global production in the coming months, bringing Fonterra’s mozzarella production back to Australia for the first time since 2013.

Fonterra Australia’s Managing Director, René Dedoncker says it’s a significant step for our Australian business to resume making mozzarella for the domestic and export market, particularly China where there is strong demand for our cheese.

“New Zealand-made Fonterra cheese is already topping more than half the pizzas made in China, and now we will be sending our Australian-made mozzarella as our customers just can’t get enough of it.

“In China, the growth in Western-style foodservice outlets has meant more opportunities for Chinese people to try cheese and many are developing a taste for it, particularly on pizza. The market potential is enormous,” says René.

Jared and Courtney Ireland (pictured) run a 450-cow dairy farm in the rural town of Lockington in Northern Victoria. Their fresh milk is supplied to Fonterra’s Stanhope plant and will be used to make mozzarella ...
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