In January 2017, Chinese-owned Blue Lake Dairy Group opened a milk processing plant at Tantanoola in the State’s South East in what will be a $65 million, two-stage expansion.

Stage one will enable the production of 20,000 tonnes of infant and adult formula, using powdered milk, generating between 24 and 60 new jobs.

Stage two is expected to involve a new $50 million factory to convert milk into powder and create an additional 90 jobs.  This is expected to start in the coming months.

The Government of South Australia helped Blue Lake Dairy Group through each critical stage of the development.

The agency helped the company navigate the relevant planning and development processes, access training subsidies, and worked closely with the Dairy Authority of South Australia to expedite licensing and accreditation for the production of infant formula.

Mr Wang Xin Xiang, Managing Director, Blue Lake Dairy Group said the company was pleased to invest in South Australia.

“We appreciated the assistance of the State Government in providing guidance regarding the approval processes for our new powdered milk converting facility,” he said.

Mr Wang said the work by local contractors had been very professional and of excellent standard and thanked them for their efforts in making the new facility state-of-the-art.