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Milmeq wins $20.3 million contract with Australia

MilmeqMilmeq, a food processing company from New Zealand, has won a $20.3 million contract to provide its technology to a major new beef processing facility in Australia's Northern Territory.

Mike Lightfoot, Milmeq's chief executive, confirmed the company will supply a full line of processing technology to the state-of-the-art $102 million Livingstone Valley facility, being built by the Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) about 50km from Darwin. The technology will put the new processing facility among the world's leaders in moving to highly technological processes, which the company has developed in New Zealand.

Founded in 1824, AACo is the oldest operating company in Australia, running more than 600,000 head of cattle across 7.2 million hectares of land. The Livingstone Valley facility will be capable of processing 220,000 cattle a year, ending a current need to truck stock long distances to eastern and southern plants.

Milmeq will supply the facility with all its processing equipment, including boning and slaughtering process equipment, refrigeration, air conditioning, chilling and freezing systems, along with operations for materials handling and palletising.

Milmeq will begin work on the site in October 2013, with the facility scheduled for completion in mid-to-late 2014.

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