Fonterra has announced it will build a new $240 million mozzarella plant to meet growing customer demand from Asia and double the co-operative’s capacity to produce its revolutionary individually quick frozen (IQF) mozzarella. The investment will make Fonterra Clandeboye the largest producer of natural mozzarella in the Southern Hemisphere, with the first product destined for markets due to come off the line in September 2018.

“This new plant, like the two before it, uses patented technology to produce high-quality, natural mozzarella without using chemicals in the production process,” said Robert Spurway, chief operating officer, Global Operations, Fonterra. “It is the only process of its kind in the world that can significantly reduce production time while remaining 100 percent natural – something our customers and their consumers place great value in.”

According to Spurway, once the expansion is complete, Fonterra’s mozzarella sales will have increased by over 60 percent since 2008.

In the meantime, Fonterra’s IQF mozzarella has become a favourite topping on more than half the pizzas in China, and continues to grow.
“We see massive growth potential and our teams in the market are continually working to grow this valuable part of the business,” said Jacqueline Chow, chief operating officer of Global Consumer and Foodservice, Fonterra.