Fonterra’s Dutch dairy plant
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.