$150m upgrade sees Lion open the largest speciality cheese site in Southern Hemisphere


Lion Limited, one of Australasia’s largest food and beverage companies, last week officially opened The Heritage – its specialty cheese manufacturing hub in Burnie, Tasmania, and the largest specialty cheese facility in the Southern hemisphere.

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According to the press release by Lion, the company has injected $150 million into the site to transform it into one of the world’s most technologically advanced specialty cheese facilities. Lion CEO Stuart Irvine said the investment was focused on improving the site’s capacity, capability, environmental impact and safety.

“Specialty cheese will be a key value driver for our business, as a growing category that is strategically important to our customers. Lion is proud to be the clear category leader, with a powerful portfolio of brands that Australians know and love – from South Cape, to Tasmanian Heritage, Mersey Valley and King Island,” Mr Irvine said.

“We have significant headroom to increase specialty cheese consumption and maximise the impact of our portfolio, and our strategy is focused on unlocking this opportunity. Lion’s investment in The Heritage is integral to this, as we work to optimise the performance of our supply chain and achieve competitive efficiency and scale. The expanded site will also help us grow capacity and capability to innovate in specialty cheese, ultimately driving higher margin sales that deliver sustainable returns to Lion and through the whole supply chain.”

He said the investment underlined Lion’s commitment to Burnie and Tasmania in general.

“We invest significantly in promoting Brand Tasmania through our premium dairy and beer businesses. Lion employs almost 600 Tasmanians, and we are proud to partner local dairy farmers, while playing an integral role in the state’s food and beverage, hospitality, tourism and agriculture sectors,” Mr Irvine added.

“We look forward to welcoming customers, local, state and federal politicians, dairy farmers, industry leaders and suppliers to The Heritage today as we celebrate this important milestone.”