AN INVESTMENT in the dairy industry has paid off with Beston Global Food Company selling SA-sourced cheese into supermarkets and restaurants across the globe.
The company marked its three-year $26.5 million investment into fitting out the mozzarella line, imported from Italy, with SA premier Steven Marshall officially re-opening the Beston factory at Jervois.
Beston executive chair Roger Sexton said the factory, which began re-making mozzarella earlier this year, played an important role in the development of the dairy industry in SA.
It is producing some 3.8 tonnes of mozzarella cheese every hour.
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To mark the occasion, Beston partnered with The Rural City of Murray Bridge and engaged the services of leading South Australian Artist, Adam Poole-Mottishaw, to create a mural on the factory’s façade depicting the history of cheese-making in the area.
Part of the mural will pay homage to Antonio Cheso of The Cheso Dairy at Jervois who gifted the land to a newly-formed Co-op circa 1937, where the Jervois factory stands.
“The re-opening of the Jervois factory has provided employment for our local communities and, importantly, support for South Australian dairyfarmers at a time when it was most needed,” Dr Sexton said.
He said the company would also provide further support to the state’s industry, including the 38 dairyfarmers that supply milk to Beston, alongside their own four farms.
“Soon to be released will be a special edition vintage cheese, sold in the Beston’s online store and in SA supermarkets,” he said.
“The Edwards Crossing Tribute cheese will have 50 cents from every piece of cheese sold going to dairyfarmers to help meet the cost of feed.”