D’Orsogna breaks ground on new Victorian manufacturing facility
D'Orsogna MD Brad Thomason, D'Orsogna Director Marco D'Orsogna, Member for Yurok Ros Spence, Vic Minister for Employment Industry Ben Carroll , D'Orsogna Director Eugene D’Orsogna
Australian deli meat producer D’Orsogna has begun construction on a $66 million manufacturing facility in Melbourne.
D’Orsogna has been in operation since 1949 and supplies deli meats to Woolworths, Coles and Metcash network supermarkets.
The new manufacturing facility is located in Merrifield Business Park, 30km north of the Melbourne CBD. It is expected to employ 240 people and will double D’Orsogna’s production capacity.
D’Orsogna says it hopes to use the site to manufacture a range of innovative ham, bacon and other meat products.
D’Orsogna had its start in Perth in 1949 when Italian brothers, Tommaso D’Orsogna and Giovanni D’Orsogna, opened a butcher shop.
After becoming a well-established Western Australian food manufacturer, D’Orsogna opened its first Melbourne manufacturing site in the suburb of Mt Waverley 10 years ago.
The Merrifield facility will be D’Orsogna’s second Victorian facility.
Brad Thomason, Managing Director of D’Orsogna, said whilst Perth will still remain D’Orsogna’s main base.
“That said, we anticipate a large percentage of our expanded production capacity will be produced out of the new Victorian facility, due to its proximity to major markets and its streamlined manufacturing processes,” Thomason said.
The facility’s design has been finalised with energy and water conservation technology incorporated.
“The throughput, or productivity per square metre of floor space, will be leading edge, allowing D’Orsogna to stay competitive and satisfy growing consumer demand for fresh, conveniently packaged, modern meat protein products,” Thomason said.