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Construction is now under way on D’Orsogna’s food manufacturing facility at Merrifield Business Park, 30km north of Melbourne, which will employ 240 people.
Market-leading move east by D’Orsogna
Victorian Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll with D’Orsogna directors Eugene and Marco D’Orsogna at the launch at Merrifield Business Park, Melbourne, where construction has begun on a $66 million state-of-the-art 10,858sq m food manufactur- ing facility for D’Orsogna.
D’Orsogna MD Brad Thomason, City of Hume Mayor Geoff Porter and D’Orsogna Board members Eugene and Marco D’Orsogna at the Merrifield Business Park launch. The Mayor had bought D’Orsogna product at his local Woolworths the night before, declaring he was a regular.
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in the food and hospital- ity industry for two years before returning to Perth to open a small fam- ily butcher shop in West Perth in 1949.
In 2018 D’Orsogna employs more than 550 people and is one of the most recognisable brands at Woolworths, Coles, Metcash and food service businesses across Aus- tralia.
“D’Orsogna has consist- ently experienced year- on-year growth and the new facility will provide a larger production capacity and greater product de- velopment opportunities,” Mr Thomason said.
“The new Melbourne site will double our pro- duction capacity and manufacture a range of innovative ham, bacon
and other meat protein products.”
Currently headquartered in Perth, WA market lead- er D’Orsogna produces a range of cured and cooked whole and sliced hams, gourmet continental goods, bacon and cooked and fresh sausages.
The landmark WA premises at Palmyra, near the port of Fremantle, has been D’Orsogna’s home since 1973.
It will retain its head of- fice status, staff and pro- duction.
“That said, we anticipate a large percentage of our expanded production ca- pacity will be produced out of the new Victorian facility, due to its prox- imity to major markets and its streamlined manu- facturing processes,” Mr Thomason said.
The company has fi- nalised the design of the greenfield facility, which will incorporate the latest energy and water conser- vation technology.
A focus on sustainable and efficient processes has driven the design, ul- timately increasing pro- duction capacity.
“The throughput, or pro- ductivity per square me- tre of floor space, will be leading edge, allowing D’Orsogna to stay com- petitive and satisfy grow- ing consumer demand for fresh, conveniently pack- aged, modern meat pro- tein products,” Mr Thom- ason said.
D’Orsogna currently supplies Woolworths, Coles and Metcash stores around Australia.
The new facility will far exceed the standards for export approval and the southeast Asian market will become a focus in the medium term.
“There’s the opportu- nity to expand the facil- ity in planned stages,” Mr Thomason said.
“Convenient access to transport arteries and major markets in Victoria, NSW and Queensland will mean we can deliver D’Orsogna products quicker and at a lower cost than current lo- gistics allow.
“We chose Victoria for its competitive operating environment, reputation in foods, access to key transport infrastructure and rapidly growing local
and export markets and we appreciate the support of the Victorian Govern- ment and City of Hume in helping us establish and expand our presence here.
“We’re thrilled to be calling Merrifield our eastern states home and proud to partner with MAB Corporation and Gibson Property Corpora- tion as developers of Mer- rifield Business Park.”
Merrifield is partnering with leading Melbourne industrial construc- tion company Qanstruct to design and deliver a highly specialised manu-
facturing facility, just for D’Orsogna.
“There are many syn- ergies between our busi- nesses – D’Orsogna is a proud Australian, family owned businesses with a focus on quality, growth and local investment,” Mr Thomason said.
“We have ambitious expansion plans for the business over the next few years.
“The scale and flexibil- ity of Merrifield provides us with an opportunity where we can essentially double our manufacturing footprint.”
For 70 years D’Orsogna has been producing the fin- est continental meats.
Victorian Minister for Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll warmly welcomed D’Orsogna to Melbourne’s Merrifield Business Park, saying the D’Orsogna expansion was creating jobs and boosting the food and fibre sector as well as the local economy.
Darren Dempster (D’Orsogna Melbourne operations manager) and Neil Harvey (D’Orsogna chief engineer) were happy to ‘ham it up’ at Merrifield.
D’Orsogna managing director Brad Thomason.
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