Milk producers group Fonterra increased milk collection by 4.3% during the dairy year, collecting and processing more than 14bn litres of milk, with an excellent autumn making up for cold and wet September and October months which affected peak flows.
 
In addition, 94 new suppliers are set to join the co-operative currently owned by 11,600 New Zealand dairy farmers, this year.

Fonterra ingredients managing director John Shaskey said: "The work we have done to simplify and strengthen our business model, including supply chain efficiencies, is really starting to pay off, and we will be building on that in the new season."
 
Fonterra expects market conditions for 2006/07 to result in a tougher trading environment this season.