Milk pow­der dryer to cre­ate new jobs

South Waikato News - - RURAL -

Fon­terra in­tends to crank up its milk pro­cess­ing ca­pac­ity in the lower North Is­land, and is plan­ning a new milk pow­der dryer at its Pahiatua plant.

The com­pany said it was ap­ply­ing for con­sents to build a third dryer at the plant to process an ad­di­tional 2.5 mil­lion litres daily.

The new dryer would cre­ate 45 new jobs.

Di­rec­tor of New Zealand op­er­a­tions Brent Tay­lor said the ex­tra dryer would help ease peak pro­cess­ing pres­sure in the lower North Is­land.

‘‘Our two ex­ist­ing dry­ers at Pahiatua are al­ready run­ning at ca­pac­ity, pro­cess­ing 1.4 mil­lion litres a day, and for the past 12 years we have had to send at least 1.6 mil­lion litres a day by rail to our site at Whareroa to process.’’

The new dryer would be a sim­i­lar size to Fon­terra’s re­cently opened plant at Darfield.

Tay­lor said the com­pany had looked into sev­eral pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions in the North Is­land to ex­pand pro­cess­ing ca­pac­ity and Pahiatua’s near­ness to good in­fra­struc­ture such as a nearby port and rail lines made it a good op­tion.

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