1907
The Tatura Butter Factory and Farmers Produce Company Ltd moves from Rushworth and is established in Hogan Street, Tatura where new buildings and machinery were tendered.

Initial capital for construction was authorised at 3000 pounds, outlayed as follows: Building construction was awarded to Mr A Miles for 790 15/9 pounds. Machinery – Coulsell Bros. for 829 18/4 pounds. Refrigeration - Mr H Hunt for 716 pounds.

Refrigeration was a relatively new science at the time and it's introduction into the manufacturing process, and the invention of the centrifugal cream separator, changed forever the slow progress of the barrel churn system that was used up until this time.
1907
1907
Milk separation begins on farm. Up until this time milk was separated at the factory.

Generating it's own electricity, the factory supplied light to the town of Tatura, which became the first town in the Goulburn Valley to have electric light. The cost was 4 pence per unit, and continued until 1926 when it was transferred to the SEC for the sum of 3100 pounds.

A well-developed irrigation system is in use in the area allowing an increase in herd size and growth of the factory.
1907
1907
The first motorized pick up vehicle is purchased to collect cream. Until the 1920's farmers would transport cream to the factory using horse drawn wagons.
1907
1907
Opened by Hon. J. Allan MLA, The factory is extended at the cost of 11,000 pounds. Further extensions are made in 1944 and 1948 including a detached office building.
1907
1907
Margarine is seen as a menace to the dairy industry and the Butter Producers Defence Fund is set up to fight it but by 1955 margarine is flooding the market.
1907
1907
The milk project was agreed and the police paddock acquired by Crown Grant in anticipation of further expansion of the factory.

A merchandise store is established to cater for the needs of the dairy farmers.
1907
1907
Nominal capital is increased to 100,000 pounds and total assets of the company are valued at 250,000 pounds.

Brand names Tatura Condensaries, Toppa Ice Cream and Life Guard Milk come into being.

A roller dryer is installed which will see the factory move into a new era of milk powder drying.
1907
1907
Golden Jubilee, 50 year anniversary a big day in the history of the company and the start of bulk milk tanks on farms.
1907
1907
Tatura Butter Factory purchase the balance of Tatura Condensary shares from Streets Ice Cream, which heralds the beginning of a swing to producing milk products.

Butter production reaches an all-time high of 1588 metric tonnes.
1907
1907
Management of the company is taken over by  Mr Joe Ford, a role he will hold for the next 20 years and under his leadership the growth of Tatura Milk will be absolutely remarkable.

Installation of the latest dairy technology with the purchase of evaporate and spray dryer.
1907
1907
This year Tatura Butter Factory, Farmers Produce Company Ltd and Tatura Condensaries consolidates and becomes Tatura Milk Products Limited.

6 million litres of milk is processed this year for the first time.
1907
1907
Increasing market pressure on milk powder and butter sales into Europe forces TMI to explore new Asian markets.  A major breakthrough saw Tatura secure contracts to supply milk powder to Japan for the school lunch program, paving the way for increased generals exports to Japan and other Asian countries.
1907
1907
Tatura Milk Products has expanded to become an efficient dairy manufacturing plant with some of the most modern equipment in the world.  Competition is strong, mergers and acquisitions with neighbouring factories are on the table however Tatura rejects all offers.
1907
1907
Cream Cheese production was started at Tatura in a joing venture with MDP.  This was the start of many cream cheese relationships existing today, Joe Ford retired and computers are introduced.  Natural gas is connected to provide energy for the factory.
1907
1907
Takeover bid is launched on Tatura Milk which is foiled when Tatura milk industries is formed. TMI now owns and controls all company operations.

Rapid growth of cream cheese sales with further expansion into Japanese markets.

Tatura invest in the hard cheese markets.
1907
1907
A new Spray Drying plant is commissioned.  The Niro CDI 315 dryer greatly improves the company's ability to produce a wide range of milk powder products.
1907
1907
echnology is becoming increasingly important to the company's success and a technology exchange contract is signed with Snow Brand. The agreement with snow brand was the first step into the nutritional segment.
1907
1907
A new wet mix blending plant and improved spray drying plant, the Niro MSD 500 is commissioned.  This plant is capable of producing highly specialised products which includes a range of Infant Formulas.

In conjunction with this new technology Snow Brand has built a $25 million canning plant which is adjacent to the factory for packing baby food products destined for export to South East Asia.
1907
1907
The latest Niro CDI 800 Spray Dryer and Niro Falling Film Evaporator units are installed.  This machinery is capable of producing 5 tonnes of milk powders per hour and greatly improves production capacity.  A 12 tonne per hour Sapac Modugas packing plant is commissioned to cope with the increased production.

More improvements include a new laboratory and supplier test room, ingredients store, bulk powder packing facility, planning office and staff amenities. The project is valued at $20 million.
1907
1907
Improvements continue with the commissioning of the Niro MSD2 800 Special Spray Drying plant. Fitted with a mechanical vapour recompression evaporator as well as a self-supporting liquid milk receival unit, it can accommodate 2 individual separators capable of processing 60,000 litres of milk per hour.
1907
1907
A Nutritionals Strategy aimed at strengthening Tatura's nutritional powders strategy is implemented. Through a supply agreement with Tatua of New Zealand, TATURA constructs a new Lactoferrin plant at the Tatura site for the manufacture of 15 tonnes of Lactoferrin per annum.

TATURA is now responsible for all marketing and manufacturing of Lactoferrin.
1907
1907
Construction is completed of a plant to manufacture a milk protein concentrate (MPC) in alliance with Ingredia of France to manufacture MPC 85.
1907
1907
A strategic alliance is formed with Bega Cheese effectively expanding product manufacturing and marketing options for the future.
1907
1907
Tatura further extends it capabilities in the nutritional segment with a landmark strategic partnership with Mead Johnson for the supply of bulk infant formula. Mead Johnson is one of the world's largest infant formula companies.
1907
1907
Bega is listed on the Australian stock exchange, Tatura shareholder vote to fully merge both Tatura and Bega businesses.
1907
1907
TMI is fully merged with Bega Cheese Limited.
1907