The first cheese vat has been installed at Fonterra’s Stanhope, Victoria, plant.

The installation of the vat – the first of several to be installed – would help the cheese plant produce around 45,000 million tonnes of cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan each year, site manager Jason Wright said.

Mr Wright said the installation of the vat was a major milestone for the team and came almost two years to the day of the fire, which destroyed the old plant in December 2014.

“Seeing the first of the vats go in has given the team a real boost, and lifted our spirits heading towards Christmas,” Mr Wright said.

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