FOUR NEW DAIRY PLANTS IN THE SOUTH ISLAND

Left to Right: Managing Director Global Operations Robert Spurway, Government Minister’s Jo Goodhew, Steven Joyce and Clandeboye Operations Manager Steve McKnight.

Fonterra has officially opened four new plants across the South Island, thus confirming its commitment to NZ’s dairying communities. A mozzarella plant has started operations at company’s Clandeboye site near Timaru, while three more facilities at Edendale. All-in-all, 60 new full time jobs were created and the expansions are set to have long lasting benefits on the local communities.
“The buoyancy of New Zealand’s rural economies has long been the backbone of our national economy. Investing in dairy processing in towns like Clandeboye and Edendale supports the local dairy workforce, brings opportunities for trades, consultants and contractors and has a flow-on effect for a range of local businesses,” said Robert Spurway, managing director of global operations, Fonterra.
“Our new plants enabled our Co-op to avoid incurring additional costs at the peak of the current season,” said Leonie Guiney, director of Fonterra. “We are achieving higher yields and quality, and the flexibility to vary our product mix is enabling us to earn margins above the prevailing market prices.”