Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade Richard Dalla-Riva today congratulated the Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory for being named the Victorian Exporter of the Year and Regional Exporter of the Year at the Governor of Victoria Export Awards.
“Warrnambool Cheese & Butter is the oldest dairy company in Australia and has been producing since 1888. It has continually improved the way it has conducted its national and international business, setting a benchmark for all manufacturing companies to follow and has successfully expanded into the export markets of Japan, Korea and China,” Mr Dalla-Riva said.
“These awards recognise the achievement and contribution made by Victorian exporters to the state and the nation, which last year exported goods and services worth $33.1 billion to more than 200 countries around the world.”
Other category winners of last night’s awards included:
- HyGain Feeds Pty Ltd – Agribusiness
- CPA Australia – Education and Training
- Placard Pty Ltd – Emerging Exporter
- CPT Global Limited – Information and Communication
- ANCA – Large Advanced Manufacturer
- Aconex – Large Services
- Safescape – Minerals and Energy
- Mobius Institute – Small Business
- GP Graders – Small to Medium Manufacturer and Innovation Excellence
- Phillip Island Nature Parks – Small to Medium Services
“The Coalition Government announced a $50 million International Engagement Strategy in this year’s budget to support existing and emerging exporters in becoming export success stories like the Victorian companies recognised at these Awards – particularly in priority markets like China, India, the Middle East and South East Asia," Mr Dalla-Riva said.
The Hon. Alex Chernov AC, QC, Governor of Victoria is the patron of the Governor of Victoria Export Awards which are now in their 33rd year. State and Territory award winners automatically qualify as finalists for the National Export Awards which will be presented in Canberra in November this year.