The Longwarry dairy plant has a history of almost 100 years, dating back to the early-1900s. It was originally owned by a
local cooperative, processing local milk to produce butter. In the 1970s, Unigate upgraded the plant and installed a
powder manufacturing facility. This enabled the plant to also manufacture powder for export markets. Unigate and Bonlac merged
in 1986 and the new owners continued to operate the plant. In 1999, the plant was decommisioned following the opening of the Darnum
Park plant by Bonlac Foods.
Saurin Group of Companies purchased the plant in 2001 and renamed it to Longwarry Food Park to reestablish the plant's heritage and
link to the local community. The plant has since been upgraded to make it a state-of-the-art and eco-friendly powder manufacturing
facility. These upgrades include:
Longwarry Food Park has recently expanded into Long-life Milk, Fresh Milk and Cream Cheese under the Gippy brand.
- Reduced water, electricity and gas consumption through technological innovations
- Almost 100% recycling of packaging materials
- Replacement of manual controls with a computerised control system
- Installation of an automatic bagging line, reducing paper usage by 40%
- Installation of robotic palletiser
- Optimisation of the plant to increase capacity
- Upgrade of existing boilers to use high-efficiency boilers
- Noise reduction by adopting innovative in-house technology
Our milk intake has grown by 30% p.a. since beginning milk powder production. Longwarry Food Park was rated the fastest growing
business in Australia in 2008 by business magazine BRW.