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Milk production to increase

July 8, 2012 7:16 pm

Milk production is expected to double when Southern Cross Foods takes over Fiji Dairy Limited.

Company executives say the buyer has a keen understanding of the industry and its problems.

Dev Narayan has more.

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The new owners are expected to invest in upgrading the factory in Nabua – helping boost production levels. Southern Cross Foods has set a target to lift output by seven percent in the next two years. Right now, Fiji Dairy produces ten million litres of milk a year…far short of the seventy million demand. Sales have also doubled from four hundred fifty thousand weekly to nine hundred thousand dollars. Board chairman Adrian Sofield says improving performance shouldn’t be a problem since the factory is currently running at sixty percent capacity. The inability to meet demand locally has seen Fiji Dairy importing eighty percent of its products.

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