The Dairy Day Processing Facility is situated in Howick, KZN. This project was started in September 2014. Project duration on site was 18 months. This was a greenfield site that originally had the Biotech plant on it. This is now the largest Milk processing facility in South Africa.
The vision was created by the local farmers looking to add value to their own products. 30 dairy farmers in KwaZulu-Natal have created three business entities through which they can guarantee supply of dairy products to retailers, giving themselves an innate hedge against market fluctuations in prices and a bigger share of the consumer’s wallet.
Each farmer has a shareholding in Dairy Day in direct relation to the number of litres he or she can supply. Dairy Day holds 85% of the shares of an operating entity running two acquired dairies, Honeydew and Stonelees, and a newly built, in excess of R100 million, 22 000 m2 processing plant in Howick, which packages private labels on behalf of retailers and brands and produces its own products under the Honeydew brand.
The operating entity, known as Dairy Day (Pty) Ltd is capable of processing 600 000 litres of fresh milk daily, includes cold rooms and production lines, operates in excess of 100 vehicles, and employs 1 200 people. It produces sterilised milk, maas, yoghurt, cream, juices, dairy blends, butter, and powdered milk.
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