Alliance Announces Major Technology Investment For Lorneville Plant

14 Oct 2020

Leading food and solutions co-operative Alliance Group is investing $12.5 million to install the latest processing technology at its Lorneville plant in Southland as part of a major upgrade at the site.

The company is installing new generation primal cutters, middles and fores technology at the plant near Invercargill.

Alliance Group Chief Executive David Surveyor said the investment is a further step in the co-operative’s strategy to maximise operational performance at Lorneville and across the company’s plant network.

“The investment will improve our processing efficiency, benefiting our farmer shareholders and support us to build a stronger co-operative.

“The technology has already proven its value at our Dannevirke, Pukeuri and Smithfield plants, with safety, labour and yield efficiency improvements.

“This multi-million investment also underlines Alliance’s commitment to the Lorneville plant and to Southland.”

The programme includes an X-ray unit to analyse each carcase, the latest forequarter robotic cutting technology and a footprint that will enable the addition of a full-length flap removal station in the future.

Further investments, due to be completed at Lorneville this year, include a major engine room upgrade and the reconfiguration of the co-operative’s modern venison plant so it can also process beef.

Alliance Group is Southland’s largest employer and the Lorneville plant, near Invercargill, is the world’s largest ovine processing plant, employing up to 2,000 people in peak season.


For further information, please contact:

Sam Halstead

Mobile: 027 474 6065


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