Fonterra Eltham plant, in Taranaki, will produce enough sliced cheese this year to fill over three billion burgers worldwide, the dairy giant has announced. Two new lines have recently been installed in the facility, allowing Fonterra to meet over 350 different product specifications and supporting the co-operative’s growth in foodservice.

“We are using more of our farmers’ milk in higher value products, and the production of three and a half tonnes of cheese every hour shows how fast our new plant enables us to do this,” said Robert Spurway, managing director global operations, Fonterra.

“As tastes become more westernised, particularly in Asia, we are seeing a big increase for ingredients to make products such as burgers, pizza and pasta. Globally, foodservice is growing at six percent annually and expansions such as this one at Eltham help us to capitalise on that growth,” said Grant Watson, director global foodservice, Fonterra.