Saputo Maffra well placed for cheese exports into Asian markets

SAPUTO Maffra is well placed to take advantage of Asia's growing love of cheese, with a new multi-million dollar freezing unit to export Gippsland Cheese to Japan built earlier this year.

Japan is Australia's largest export market for cheese, with the product making up around 89 per cent of Australian dairy exports to Japan in a trade worth more than $450 million.

After years of doom, gloom and uncertainty in the dairy industry and the township of Maffra, and initial concern the Australia-Japan relationship would be damaged by the Murray Goulburn change of ownership, the new investment and confidence in the trade is good news for the town and the region.

For more read Friday's Gippsland Times.

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