Capitol Chilled Foods (Australia) is the result of a progression of consolidation of chilled food and beverage production and distribution in Canberra for over 50 years.
In 1949, Australian Co-operative Foods limited (then known as The Dairy Farmers Co-operative Milk Co. Ltd) announced its intention to convert raw milk into pasteurised and packaged milk in Canberra. They took over the milk treatment depot from the Canberra Dairy Society, situated at 2 Mildura Street, Fyshwick, a building that still stands today and is now used for the engineering workshop and boiler house. A new factory built alongside this commenced bottling pasteurised milk in 1952.
In 1960 the Bega Co-operative Society built a plant at 8 Mildura Street, Fyshwick for processing and packaging raw milk from Bega Valley farms.
In 1971 The Milk Authority of the ACT was established and an enquiry in 1974 recommended that Dairy Farmers be the sole processor, Bega the sole wholesale distributor to commercial outlets, Home vendors be restricted to household deliveries and that tenders be sought for raw milk. The rationalisation began on the 7th September 1975.
In 1985 Bega established Capitol Chilled Foods to distribute fresh milk and dairy products from a warehouse at 8 Mildura Street, Fyshwick. In 1994 Dairy Farmers upgraded it’s factory to the modern production and distribution centre it is today.
In 1997, the joint venture company now known as Capitol Chilled Foods (Australia) Pty Ltd was created between Bega Co-operative Society and Dairy Farmers (then known as Australian Co-operative Foods). The aim of this business was to establish an efficient and economical processing and distribution business for fresh milk and other chilled products in the ACT and southern NSW.
In 2008, one of our joint venture parent companies (Dairy Farmers) was acquired by National Foods Limited. This gave Capitol Chilled Foods (Australia) access to a broader range of products to our customers growing needs. As a result of the acquisition, Capitol Chilled Foods (Australia) now have the support of a well know international company which will only enhance the future prospects for Capitol Chilled Foods (Australia).