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For the local Paton family who have owned Milligans Food Group for more than 30 years, diversification has been a strong factor in company growth. With a nod to its heritage, a new ‘Eclipse’ range was born and includes brands of Eclipse Dairy, offering milk powders and butters; Eclipse Cheese, in block, slice and grated form; and Eclipse Nutrition protein powders.
Adding to their varied line-up of products, Milligans acquired the well-known Granny Fayes range in 2004, and followed that in 2007 with the purchase of New Zealand’s much-loved Frosty Boy brand.
Due to changes in the industry making flour production no longer viable, the milling ceased in 2016. With such a long history it was not a decision the Paton family took lightly – however, should it ever be needed in the future, they have ensured the mill remains intact.
It was in the late 90s that the business had grown enough to require an Auckland base to service their North Island customers. Constant growth since then has meant a number of different moves and Milligans are again looking for a larger base as they keep up with demand. Back home in Oamaru, a third site was secured in 2017 and new facilities were built for more blending capability and bulk storage. The adjacent land was purchased at the same and is currently being developed for further processing and warehouse capabilities. Meanwhile the main Oamaru site is constantly being expanded with additional cool and dry storage, and innovative new machinery.
In 2011 Milligans also purchase the historic two-storey building that sits between their two Chelmer Street sites. They renovated the former residence to include a café and store downstairs, and office space upstairs.
Milligans employs approximately 70 staff, many of whom have been with the company for more than a decade – a testament in itself. There are also staff employed in Australia and America representing Milligans and its brands.