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D'Orsogna Board members Massimo Valentini, chair Tony Iannello and Marco D'Orsogna at the opening of D’Orsogna’s $66 million food manufacturing facility at Merrifield Business Park in Melbourne.
“This year marks two decades of celebrating our suppliers big and small in this special annual event and we’re proud to be championing those who’ve made an enduring impact on our business and truly represent what it means to be better together.”
“We’ve taken a measured approach to such a substan- tial investment after estab- lishing a modest footprint in Victoria 10 years ago at Mt Waverley,” Mr Smith said.
Mr Iannello said D’Orsogna chose Victoria for its competitive oper- ating environment, reputa- tion in foods, access to key transport infrastructure and rapidly growing local and export markets.
D’Orsogna a worthy winner
EARLY last month Wool- worths named its top sup- pliers in its annual Sup- plier of the Year Awards, with smallgoods supplier D’Orsogna taking out two awards.
metre of floor space will be leading edge – allowing us to be competitive and satisfy growing consumer demand for fresh conveni- ently packaged modern meat protein products.
Woolworths’ official media statement of De- cember 1, 2021 stated that D’Orsogna was rec- ognised as a partner that had consistently worked with Woolworths to de- liver quality deli products that met the changing needs of customers over the years.
growers to account man- agers, who work alongside us each day to deliver great products to our customers.
2019 Merrifield official opening alongside chair Tony Iannello and direc- tors Marco D’Orsogna and Massimo Valentini, said the D’Orsogna name, brand and products were firmly established on the east coast.
“This facility incor- porates the latest energy and water conservation technology, reflecting our focus on sustainable and efficient processes to drive design and ultimately pro- duction efficiency.
The business was awarded 20-year Sig- nificant Contribution as both a company and for D’Orsogna account man- ager Colin Sullivan – one of the longest serving cur- rent Woolworths account managers of any supplier.
“Their dedication has persisted through the most challenging of situations, as we’ve seen over the pan- demic.
“The 8500sq m of rooftop solar powers a one- megawatt system that will greatly reduce operational costs and carbon emissions on site.”
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The awards ceremony marked the 20th anniver- sary of Woolworths’ Sup- plier of the Year Awards and included special rec- ognition honours for those who have shaped catego- ries and relationships over the past two decades, as the retailer continued to invest in long-term part- nerships.
Clearly sincere relation- ship building – both with its workforce, its customers anditssuppliers–hasbeen the cornerstone of the suc- cessful D’Orsogna busi- ness since its foundation in Western Australia by D’Orsogna brothers Tom- maso and Giovanni 70 years ago.
“The new Merrifield production facility will secure the future of the D’Orsogna business.”
“D’Orsogna is proudly Australian owned with a focus on quality, growth and local investment and we have ambitious expan- sion plans over the next few years,” he said.
Colin Sullivan shared the award with Felice Testini, owner of Trade Partners, who has launched 28 prod- ucts in Woolworths stores since 1999 and is renowned for his passion and knack for bringing new products to the shelf.
Headquartered in Western Australia, market leader D’Orsogna pro- duces a range of cured and cooked whole and sliced hams, gourmet continental goods, bacon and cooked sausages.
D’Orsogna chair Tony Iannello told the 50 guests that the new Victorian facility would double D’Orsogna’s production capacity and generate de- velopment opportunities for its extensive range of innovative ham, bacon and other meat protein prod- ucts.
Woolworths chief com- mercial officer Paul Harker said, “Every week we serve millions of Australians in communities across the country and none of it would be possible without the teamwork that takes place between our team and our suppliers.”
“Proximity to major markets, streamlined manufacturing processes and state-of-the art equip- ment, all supported by well trained staff, a committed management and board and supportive customers should ensure its success,” Mr Iannello said.
“It’s the people behind these businesses, from
The iconic Western Aus- tralian company firmly planted its national foot- print in 2019 when it com- menced production at its $66 million state-of-the-art 11,000sq m food manufac- turing facility at Merrifield Business Park, 30km north of Melbourne.
The landmark Western Australian premises at Palmyra near the port of Fremantle has been D’Orsogna’s home since 1973.
D’Orsogna MD Greig Smith when quoted in December said demand was strong for Christmas hams and shoppers should order early.
D’Orsogna managing director Greig Smith discussed the important relationship between D’Orsogna and Woolworths with Melbourne-based Colin Sullivan at the opening of D’Orsogna’s Merrifield Victoria pro- duction plant in 2019.
With the new production base in Victoria and its established headquarters in Palmyra, D’Orsogna is one of the most nationally recognisable smallgoods brands.
Managing director Greig Smith, speaking at the
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Impact assessment using image analysis
adapt their control pro- grams in key areas to protect targeted assets including marine turtles
current activities being driven by NAILSMA in northern Australia.
The use of image analysis to track impacts caused by feral pigs on Cape York Peninsula, funded by the National Environmental Science Program, was discussed by Dr Justin Perry during the forum.
from feral pigs. Information on wetland
Opportunities to ex- tend this work for adop- tion by other ranger groups on Cape York Peninsula will be ini- tially explored through one of the plan’s dem- onstration sites involving the Western Cape Turtle Threat Abatement Alli- ance and the Catchments to Coral program being facilitated by Cape York Natural Resource Man- agement.
A series of reports, automated workflows and interactive dash- boards were created using thousands of im- ages captured during surveys conducted using a helicopter fitted with a camera.
impacts is collected and logged into an app so that actions being under- taken and costs to do the work can be compared over time with the assets that need protection.
The system is used by Indigenous rangers to inform their decision making, enabling them to better design and
In conclusion, Dr Perry stated that while all the technology is available, it is critical that people engage with it, use it and interact with it.
For full details on this program, the final report is now available at au/projects/nesp/feral- animal-management/
Feel free to contact me at heather.channon@ or call 0423 056 045 to discuss your feral pig manage- ment issues or any infor- mation presented in this article.
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