Fon­terra’s Dutch dairy plant

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Fon­terra has com­mis­sioned a new dairy in­gre­di­ents plant in the Nether­lands, in a part­ner­ship worth $144 mil­lion with the Dutch cheese man­u­fac­turer A-ware Food Group.

A Fon­terra spokesman would not say what pro­por­tion of the part­ner­ship was owned by the com­pany.

The new plant, in Heeren­veen in the north of the Nether­lands, will pro­duce 5000 tonnes of whey pro­tein and 25,000 tonnes of lac­tose an­nu­ally. It will op­er­ate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. About 50 new em­ploy­ees cur­rently work for Fon­terra at the site.

The whey and lac­tose spe­cialty in­gre­di­ents will be used in high- value pae­di­atric, ma­ter­nal, and sports nu­tri­tion prod­ucts by Fon­terra and its global cus­tomers. The plant is Fon­terra’s first wholly owned and plant in Europe.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Theo Spier­ings said it formed part of Fon­terra’s fully in­te­grated global sup­ply chain from the farm gate di­rect to global con­sumers, us­ing Fon­terra’s milk pools and man­u­fac­tur­ing sites in New Zealand, Australia, and Europe.

‘‘Fon­terra has sub­stan­tial in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty in the man­u­fac­ture of func­tional whey pro­tein in­gre­di­ents and had been look­ing for some time for a source of high­qual­ity whey to en­able us to com­mer­cialise th­ese in­no­va­tions.’’

Fon­terra re­gional direc­tor for in­gre­di­ents in Europe, Mid­dle East, Africa, Rus­sia and CIS (EMEA) Hans Huis­tra said the plant’s lo­ca­tion and ca­pac­ity would en­able Fon­terra to bet­ter serve its Euro­pean and global cus­tomer base.

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