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D’Orsogna Warmly Welcomed in Victoria
ICONIC Western Australian company, D’Orsogna Limited, has commenced production at its $66 million state- of-the-art 11,000 square metre food manufactur- ing facility in Victoria.
Officially opened last week at Merrifield Busi- ness Park, 30km north of Melbourne, by Victorian Minister for Jobs, Innova- tion and Trade, Martin Pa- kula, it will soon employ 200 people and firmly
establish D’Orsogna as a national market leader in the smallgoods and meat protein food sector.
The 70-year-old busi- ness with a new produc- tion base in Victoria and headquarters in Palmyra, Western Australia, where it employs a further 550 people, is one of the most recognisable brands at Woolworths, Coles, Met- cash and food service businesses.
Managing Director,
Greig Smith, speaking at the opening alongside Chairman Tony Iannello and Directors Marco D’Orsogna and Mas- simo Valentini, said the D’Orsogna name, brand and products were now firmly established on the east coast.
“We’ve taken a meas- ured approach to such a substantial investment af- ter establishing a modest footprint in Victoria 10 years ago at Mt Waver- ley. The new Merrifield production facility will secure the future of the D’Orsogna business,” Mr Smith said.
“Breaking new ground in business, even as a mar- ket leader, comes at con- siderable cost and we pay tribute and thank the Vic- torian Government and City of Hume for their fi- nancial and other support.
“We commit today to repaying that investment by the state and local community with this first-
class food manufacturing business that already em- ploys local citizens and delivers environmentally, socially and financially,” he said.
Minister Pakula said the Victorian Govern- ment proudly backed the expansion by D’Orsogna that brought jobs to Melbourne’s north and opened opportunities for export and growth in a vital food and fibre sector that made up almost half of the state’s exports and was valued at $14 billion.
The D’Orsogna fam- ily first had a presence in Melbourne in 1947 when D’Orsogna brothers Giovanni and Tommaso worked there in the food and hospitality industry for two years before re- turning to Perth to open a small family butcher shop in West Perth in 1949.
Headquartered in Perth, WA market leader D’Orsogna produces a range of cured and cooked whole and sliced hams, gourmet continental goods, bacon and cooked sausages.
The landmark WA premises at Palmyra, near the port of Fremantle, has been D’Orsogna’s home since 1973 and will retain its head office status, staff and production.
D’Orsogna Chairman, Tony Iannello, told the 50 guests at the opening and plaque unveiling that the new Victorian facility would double D’Orsogna’s production capacity and generate development op-
portunities for its exten- sive range of innovative ham, bacon and other meat protein products.
“Proximity to major markets, streamlined manufacturing process- es and state-of-the art equipment, all supported by well trained staff, a committed management and board and supportive customers should ensure its success,” Mr Iannello said.
“Productivity per square metre of floor space will be leading edge, allowing us to be competitive and satisfy growing consumer demand for fresh, conven- iently packaged, modern meat protein products.
“This facility incorpo- rates the latest energy and water conservation tech- nology, reflecting our fo- cus on sustainable and ef- ficient processes to drive design and ultimately pro- duction efficiency.
“The 8500 square me- tres of rooftop solar, pow- ers a one megawatt system that will greatly reduce operational costs and car- bon emissions on site.”
Mr Iannello said D’Orsogna chose Victoria for its competitive operat- ing environment, reputa- tion in foods, access to key transport infrastruc- ture and rapidly growing local and export markets.
“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.
D’Orsogna Board Members Massimo Valentini, Tony Iannello (Chair) and Marco D’Orsogna at D’Orsogna’s $66 million food manufacturing facility at Merrifield Business Park, Melbourne.
Ros Spence, Member for Yuroke and Martin Pakula, Victorian Minister for Jobs Innovation and Trade, at the August 16 opening of D’Orsogna’s $66 million food manufacturing facility at Merrifield Business Park, north of Melbourne.
D’Orsogna Director Marco D’Orsogna (left), a son of Giovanni D’Orsogna, one of the founding brothers, dis- cusses the company’s history and future with Victorian Minister for Jobs, Trade and Innovation, Martin Pakula, after the Minister had officially opened the new $66 mil- lion food manufacturing facility in Melbourne.
D’Orsogna Managing Director Greig Smith shows the way during the Ministerial tour at D’Orsogna Melbourne Opening August 16, 2019.
D’Orsogna Victoria Acting Operations Manager Ryan Barrett (left) and factory staff at the August 16 official opening of D’Orsogna’s new $66 million food manufactur- ing facility at Merrifield Business Park, north of Melbourne.
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