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"All of the major dairy companies are aware of us" - A2 Milk Co. chairman David Hearn on the company's rise 24 Feb 2017

New Zealand-based A2 Milk Co. markets products it says eases the digestive issues some adults and children get from consuming dairy and infant formula - and it is a business growing rapidly, fuelled by demand in China. Dean Best caught up with A2 Milk chairman David Hearn the day after the company booked a set of bumper half-year results.


Fonterra's full-year results – 10 things to learn 25 Sep 2015

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra reversed its first-half profit drop to report a massive jump in full-year earnings yesterday (24 September). The result was achieved despite lower sales from the co-operative, with a focus on efficiency and product mix as well as the benefit of lapping weak prior-year comparables. Here are just-food's ten key takeaways from Fonterra's fiscal 2014/15 numbers.


In the spotlight: Why ABF's George Weston is making bread better-for-you 1 May 2015

Associated British Foods this week announced the launch of a high-protein bread from its Australasian arm George Weston Foods. The company looks to be weighing up options to increase sales in the highly pressured bakery sector. Is its move into the better-for-you category in New Zealand one that will pay off? Hannah Abdulla explores.


Comment: New Zealand drought could hit dairy sector 16 Jan 2015

The possibility New Zealand could be facing another year of drought conditions is a serious concern for the country's massive dairy industry - and one which has global implications.


In the spotlight: Fonterra's strategy to weather enduring dairy volatility 26 Sep 2014

After reporting a slump in Fonterra's annual profits this week, CEO Theo Spierings was at pains to tell the market the global dairy market will remain erratic. However, the head of the world's largest dairy exporter also outlined how the group plans to ride out changes in supply of and demand for milk.

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Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings new chairman of industry body 20 Nov 2017

Theo Spierings, chief executive of New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra, has become the new chairman of industry body Global Dairy Platform (GDP).


Fonterra adds more capacity at UHT Waitoa site south of Auckland 9 Nov 2017

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra is expanding its Waitoa site with the addition of a third production line in a year, taking annual capacity to 250m litres of UHT cream and milk.


NZ 'chipocalypse' - PepsiCo looks to Australia to boost supplies 19 Oct 2017

PepsiCo's business in New Zealand has turned to its operations in Australia for production as the snacks giant adjusts to a slump in the local potato crop after months of heavy rain in the country.


Premier Foods to sell Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes in New Zealand 17 Oct 2017

UK group Premier Foods is to directly sell its Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes into New Zealand for the first time.


Mondelez to switch production of Cadbury products from New Zealand to Australia 17 Oct 2017

Mondelez International is to switch production of Cadbury confectionery from New Zealand to Australia after failing to find a third-party manufacturer for its Kiwi products.


UK meat packer Hilton Food Group signs NZ deal 16 Oct 2017

UK meat packing business Hilton Food Group is to build a plant in New Zealand in its latest project with Woolworths, Australia's largest grocer.


New Zealand dairy co-op Fonterra cuts 2018 milk collection outlook 16 Oct 2017

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra cut its 2018 outlook for milk collection after a wet August and September.


New Zealand baby formula firm Synlait Milk commits funds to R&D facility 27 Sep 2017

New Zealand infant formula business Synlait Milk is to set up a research and development centre in the country.


Zespri names Dan Mathieson CEO to replace Lain Jager 25 Sep 2017

New Zealand kiwifruit supplier Zespri has appointed Dan Mathieson as CEO to replace Lain Jager.


Fonterra appoints Marc Rivers as CFO 21 Sep 2017

New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra has named Marc Rivers as its new chief financial officer.

Latest blogs

Progress at Synlait but challenges remain 28 Aug 2014

New Zealand dairy group Synlait Milk revealed today (28 August) it has hit the "major milestone" of receiving regulatory clearance to begin exporting finished product from its new NZ$28.5m dry blending and consumer packaging plant.


Seafood sector warned on global warming 1 Jul 2014

The New Zealand seafood industry received a stark warning this weekend: a "massive shellfish extinction event" could be on the cards.


Manuka welfare scandal another blow for NZ dairy 22 Jan 2014

The reputation of the New Zealand dairy industry has taken another blow, with Chilean authorities reportedly launching an investigation into alleged animal cruelty by Manuka Dairy.