Today, Devondale Murray Goulburn processes over one-third of the nation’s milk supply and is controlled by approximately 2,200 dairy farmer-shareholders. Devondale Murray Goulburn has a wealth of rich history since its establishment in 1950.  


2010s

MG exports high quality Australian dairy foods to over 50 countries around the world

2015
MG Unit Trust (ASX:MGC) lists on the Australian Securities Exchange on Friday, 3 July
MG assumes 100 percent ownership of Tasmanian Dairy Products
MG Trading expands to Tasmania with two stores opening in Smithon and Deloraine
MG acquires leading food service brand, Caboolture Cheese
2014
Official opening of MG’s two new daily fresh pasteurised milk processing plants in Sydney (Erskine Park) and Melbourne (Laverton) after a $160 million investment
MG enters the NSW-Sydney market region to acquire raw milk from dairy farmers
2012
Devondale Murray Goulburn exports 740,000 tonnes of dairy product. Devondale Murray Goulburn head office moves to Southbank, Melbourne.

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2000s

Inducted into Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

2009
Inducted into Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
2009
Enters joint-venture with fresh food company Danone to market yoghurt.
2008
Revenue of $2.6 billion posted for 2007/08 financial year.
2007
Significance of Co-op’s exports to the Australian economy recognised with a Trailblazer 2007 award presented by the Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile.
2004
Devondale Cheese Squeeze launched.
2004
Devondale launches a new easy-open screw cap on its longlife milk.
2004
Supplier numbers mid-year hit 3109.

1990s

Devondale Murray Goulburn's annual turnover passes $1 billion.

1998
Official opening of the $40 million cheese plant at Cobram.
1997
Official opening of the $50 million Meiji-MGC infant formula manufacturing plant in Cobram.
1997
Dairy product exports reach 242,000 tonnes.
1996
Annual turnover passes one billion dollars.
1995
Victorian Premier Jeff Kennet opens the Co-op's new $20 million Global Distribution Centre at The Port of Melbourne.
1993
Exports are at 130,000 tonnes of dairy product.

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1980s

 

First edition of the company newspaper the Devondaler is printed.

1989
Devondale Extra Soft, Australia's first reduced-fat dairy spread is launched; Subsidies on domestic sales of butter and some cheese ceased in July.
1988
Maffra factory becomes first Victorian – and second Australian – dairy factory to be awarded an Approved Quality Agreement by the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service and the Department of Primary Industry.
1987
Suppliers are sent co-op signs to hang on their front gates.
1987
Devondale releases new range of low salt butter and cream products.
1987
Devondale Murray Goulburn establishes new distribution centres for Devondale products in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.
1986
First edition of the company newspaper, the Devondaler is printed.
1986
Collected 1.2 billion litres of milk annually from around 3000 farms, about the same that was produced from the Co-op's 8000 suppliers 13 years' earlier.
1985
New produced called Dairy Soft – a blend of butter and oil – is released in response to demand for spreadable butter.
1985
5500 tonnes of individually wrapped slices of processed cheese produced at Cobram.
1982
Devondale Murray Goulburn head office moves to Melbourne suburb of Brunswick.
1980
Leongatha UHT plant opens

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1970s

Dairy companies continue to join the co-operative

1979
Turnover rises to $181 million.
1978
New cheese plant built at Rochester.
1976
In an Australian first, the co-op sells 6100 tonnes of butter to the Russian Federation, but has to buy 25 tractors in return. These are marketed under a co-op owned subsidiary Trakmark.
1975
New gouda plant opened at Cobram, primarily to service Japanese joint venture Murray Goulburn Snow.
1975
In response to falling butter fat returns, the co-op initiates a "dairy farmers' manifesto", calling on state and federal governments, industry and community to restore farmer incomes.
1974
Joint venture entered with Californian company Real Fresh to produce high quality canned, sterile dairy foods for the US market.
1972
Trading store at Simpson opened.
1970
First computer installed at North Melbourne head office.
1970
Profit posted of just under $3 million and turnover of $30 million, up 14 per cent on previous financial year.

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1960s

Devondale Murray Goulburn takes on a number of factories

1968
Astronauts on first space flight keep energy up with casein sticks from Devondale Murray Goulburn's Cohuna factory.
1967
Headquarters move from Cobram to North Melbourne.
1964
Two 5000 gallon-an-hour milk driers from the United States are ordered.
1964
1360 farmers now on the books, with supplier payments up a massive 61 per cent on the previous year.

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1950s

The co-operative is registered

1959
Co-op's first tanker truck is introduced.
1958
Plans announced to install the world's largest butter churn.
1958
Production reaches 2,500 tonnes of cheese, butter and casein and over one million gallons of milk for local and Melbourne markets.
1957
John Ferres recruited as first field officer.
1956
Farmers at Cobram get their first electric milk cooling vats, enabling milk to be handled in bulk with fewer deliveries.
1953
137 suppliers clocked up by June.
1952
First shipment of butter from new Cobram factory exported to United Kingdom.
1951
First co-op factory opens at Cobram.
1950-70s
Dozens of small factories join Devondale Murray Goulburn, including Kyabram, Berrigan, Deniliquin, Rochester, Swan Hill and Casterton.
1950
Newly formed co-op begins accepting applications for shares.

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1940s

A committee was formed

1949
Public meeting held by the Murray Valley Soldier Settlers League at Katunga shows unanimous support for a new co-operative dairy factory.

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