Synlait Milk, the New Zealand-based dairy and infant-formula maker, said it has acquired new land to extend its sustainability and supply chain initiatives.

The company is spending NZD25.7m (US$16.2m) to acquire the farmland located adjacent to its Dunsandel facility in the Canterbury region. The 582-hectare plot “enables Synlait to pursue several strategic supply chain and sustainability initiatives that support Dunsandel’s long-term operation and expansion,” Synlait said in a statement.

It added that the purchase of the land “supports Synlait’s 10-year sustainability targets, which include a commitment to evolve best-practice farming in New Zealand through the company’s Lead With Pride programme”. 

Chief executive Leon Clement commented: “Our purpose at Synlait is doing milk differently for a healthier world and this land provides a unique opportunity to pursue on-farm sustainability initiatives and reduce our environmental footprint whilst creating further supply chain efficiencies in our business. We’re excited about this opportunity and look forward to updating you on our plans as they progress.” 

As part of its sustainability objectives, Synlait said the new land will give it greater control over water usage, while it is also developing rail access to its “Dry Store 4 warehouse project”. It will also provide opportunities to “evaluate and trial sustainable farming practices”. 

“On completion, containerised goods will be transported by rail between Dunsandel and Lyttelton, significantly reducing Synlait’s environmental footprint by removing approximately 16,000 truck movements annually,” the company said.

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