Food business a winner for Victorian Hall of Fame

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 4th June 2010

Jindi Cheese, Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses, Kraft Foods (for the Vegemite Port Melbourne operations) and the Murray Goulburn Co-operative have been inducted into the 2010 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame as a recognition of excellence and innovation in manufacturing.

The Hall of Fame additions, announced on Wednesday by Industry and Trade Minister Jacinta Allan and Small Business Minister Joe Helper, are designed to showcase local manufacturers using creative and sophisticated techniques.

Jindi Cheese have already successfully recovered after the Black Saturday bushfires destroyed their maturing brie and camembert cheeses. Cheese guru Franck Beaurain, who began working at Jindi just a week before the fires, said that the company was now back to full strength.

“When I started, the fire was still on the first page of the newspaper. We were still very nervous. To get the confidence back takes a while.”

“We are lucky because the growth of the business is significant,” Beaurain said. “Considering the financial crisis, we are lucky.”

“Every day when I go to work I want to make the same cheese I ate in France; that is my motivation. In my opinion there is not much difference from the cheese we make here at Jindi and the ones from the best farms in Normandy.”

Since the inception of the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2001, the Victorian Government has inducted 106 companies, 22 honourees, two lifetime members and seven young manufacturer of the year recipients.