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About Us

The Midfield Group and Louis Dreyfus Company are thrilled to unveil its latest commitment to the agriculture sector – The Union Dairy Company.

This exciting new asset to the dairy industry will revolutionise the sector in south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia.

A partnership between The Midfield Group and  Louis Dreyfus Company, both companies have extensive involvement in the global marketplace and can offer the reliability that comes with more than 200 years of combined industry experience.

The Union Dairy Company has an annual processing capacity of 300 million litres of raw milk and began production in 2017. Located in Penola – in Australia’s prime dairy region – the purpose-built plant provides a state-of-the-art factory and is the newest milk factory in the southern hemisphere.

We are currently expanding our supplier base and look forward to discussing this exciting opportunity with you.

The region

 

Penola is located in south-east South Australia. The area encompassing south-east South Australia and south-west Victoria is one of Australia’s prime dairy regions, recognised throughout the world for its lush green pastures and productive farmland.

The area has a rich soil, clean country air and wide open space conducive to wholesome milk production and a flourishing dairy sector.

The strong dairy focus in south-east South Australia and south-west Victoria is supported with a diverse agriculture sector that incorporates beef and prime lamb farms, as well as potato farming and a host of wineries.

History

The Union Dairy company is the latest offering from 100% Australian owned and operated The Midfield Group, a multi-faceted meat processing company built on solid farming foundations and embracing the values of life on the land.

Our Mission

We are committed to providing a solid and secure dairy processing company that will partner with local farmers to deliver quality Australian product throughout the world.

Our People

Behind our quality products and processes is a quality team dedicated to delivering a new era in milk processing in Australia.

Our Community

The Union Dairy Company is a proud supporter of local community groups and organisations.

Partnership

The Union Dairy Company is a joint venture between world-recognised The Midfield Group and international giant the Louis Dreyfus Company. Initiated by Midfield, the UDC is a natural progression from the group’s extensive agricultural investments.

The Midfield Group

The Midfield Group

From paddock to plate

Founded in 1975, The Midfield Group is a 100 per cent Australian owned and operated family company. It is a dynamic and multi-faceted meat processing business with multiple divisions and is a major player in the domestic and export market, with beef, lamb, veal, mutton, goat and their by-products traversing Australia and the globe. The Midfield Group employs more than 1300 people and is a self-sufficient organisation with control over product from paddock to plate. Read more here.

Louis Dreyfus Company

Louis Dreyfus Company

From farm to fork

Founded in 1851, Louis Dreyfus Company cultivates agricultural goods from farm to fork, helping to feed and clothe up to 500 million people throughout the world, annually originating, processing and transporting 81 million tons of commodities around the world. Employing up to 22,000 people globally and operating in more than 100 countries, Louis Dreyfus Company specialises in coffee, cotton, dairy, fertilisers and inputs, finance, freight, grains, juice, metals, oilseeds, rice and sugar. Read more here.

The plant

 

The UDC milk powder and anhydrous milk fat plant utilises state-of-the-art technologies available for the manufacture of whole milk powder (WMP), skim milk powder (SMP) and anhydrous milk fat (AMF).

These technologies focus on the manufacture of low microbiological counts in low, medium and high heat powders. The dryer has a capacity of 3.9 metric tonnes per hour when processing WMP and SMP and an AMF hourly capacity of 2.0 metric tonnes.

 

The United Dairy Company Penola Plant

Environmental Commitment

At The United Dairy Company we are committed to reducing our environmental footprint, through the development of new technologies and the use of sustainable and improving processing initiatives. Animal health and wellbeing is at the forefront of our day-to-day work ethic and sustainability is integral to our business ethos; we reinvest in education, training and the long-term future of our community on a daily basis.