Heat treated milk ex­pan­sion at Good­man Fielder

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - FOOD INDUSTRY -

Good­man Fielder is to ex­pand and up­grade its ul­tra heat treated (UHT) milk plant in Christchurch, in­creas­ing its ca­pac­ity to meet growth op­por­tu­ni­ties across the Asia Pa­cific re­gion.

The $27m project will see the ex­ten­sion of the ex­ist­ing UHT build­ing, in­stal­la­tion of a new pas­teuris­ing, ster­il­is­ing and pal­letis­ing line as well as the in­stal­la­tion of a new 250ml high speed filler.

The work is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Oc­to­ber 2015 and will boost pro­duc­tion at the site by around 32 mil­lion litres a year, an in­crease of 50 per­cent on the plant’s ex­ist­ing UHT vol­ume.

Good­man Fielder CEO, Chris De­laney, says the project would en­able the com­pany to lever­age its ex­ist­ing ex­port ca­pac­ity to Asia Pa­cific by meet­ing the grow­ing de­mand for dairy prod­ucts across the re­gion and par­tic­u­larly in China.

“The pre­mium UHT cat­e­gory in Asia Pa­cific is an­tic­i­pated to grow by around 50 per­cent over the next five years. This project will pro­vide us with ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity to ad­dress this grow­ing mar­ket through our iconic New Zealand Meadow Fresh brand and dis­tri­bu­tion ca­pa­bil­ity,” says De­laney.

“We are see­ing in­creas­ing de­mand for our Meadow Fresh prod­ucts in Asia Pa­cific, par­tic­u­larly China, as we con­tinue to build on New Zealand’s nat­u­ral, high qual­ity dairy cre­den­tials. We are in­vest­ing now to meet that de­mand and also plan for fu­ture growth.

“It is also very re­ward­ing to be able to com­mit to a ma­jor in­vest­ment at Meadow Fresh Christchurch given the im­pact that nat­u­ral dis­as­ters have had on our site and our peo­ple over the last three years,” he said.

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