Say cheese! Dairy opens another factory
21 August 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201915947
SUNDALE Dairy’s growth continues with the opening of another factory in East London.
Just last month, CEO Pierre van Rensburg announced a R 10-million investment into the butter and cream plants at their Head Office in the Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ). Now the company has opened of a new cut and wrap facility for their cheese business in Braelyn.
Last year, Sundale joined forces with Just Milk to buy the old Dairybelle Cheese factory in Cookhouse. Their cheese is currently sold in bulk sizes and according to Japie Steyl, Head of Food Technology at Sundale, “the market demand is there for fixed weight and grated cheeses and the new cheese factory in Braelyn is specifically designed to cater for this. We will be processing 200 tons of cheese per month into small fixed weight sizes and grated cheese”.
Van Rensburg said the new factory has created 25 new jobs at a time when they are desperately needed. He attributed the aggressive growth of the company to a focus on utilising best practice and innovative technology to produce premium quality dairy products with milk sourced from local farms, all within an average 50km radius of the plant.
Woolworths, recognised for their wide range of free range and organic produce, added Sundale cheddar, gouda, mature cheddar and white cheddar to their A-list basket of products in January of 2018, which came shortly after the Sundale Gouda was awarded second prize at the annual national Dairy Championships were they earned two Bronze Qualité awards.
In April 2019, Sundale again brought home three gold awards from the annual National Dairy Championships hosted by Agri-Expo in Cape Town, winning South African Champion for Best Maas, Best Cultured Buttermilk (for Amasi Afrika), and Best Processed Cheese Slices.
The new cheese factory in Braelyn represents another R2-million investment that comes on the heels of general factory upgrades, and improvements in the butter factory.
“This is another important milestone for us, and we are encouraged by the increasing demand for our cheeses. Consumers will soon have a much wider selection to choose from,” Van Rensburg said.
The Sundale basket of products includes fresh milk, butter, maas, yoghurt, dairy snack, cheese and their new blend of yoghurt and traditional mageu which is marketed as Yo-Mageu. The range is available at leading retailers, wholesalers and independent stores throughout the Eastern Cape, sold under private label countrywide and available to the catering sector in bulk offerings.