Murray Goulburn Co-operative was formed in 1950 and has since grown to become the largest processor of milk in Australia and the nation’s largest exporter of processed food. With eight manufacturing plants located throughout Victoria, Murray Goulburn processes over 35% of the nation’s milk supply into quality products which are sold in both domestic and export markets.
With the success of Murray Goulburn’s Global Distribution Centre in Footscray and the growth of the business tripling in size over a nine year period, a decision was made to expand storage space for milk powder and consolidate with cheese, spreads, butters and UHT for distribution purposes.
In February 2003, Murray Goulburn opened the Integrated Logistics Centre (ILC) in Laverton, costing $56million. Including over 80,000sq metres storage space, provided a consolidated approach to supply chain management allowing them to semi-automate the control of inventory and ensure the quality of product was accurately maintained.
This encompassed dry storage space for 50,000 double width pallets of milk powder, as well as 24,000 pallets of refrigerated and 12,000 pallets of ambient product.