Fonterra reopens Malaysia dairy plant after upgrade
Fonterra has reopened the doors to its milk powder manufacturing plant in Malaysia following a NZD$7 million ($4.8m) investment to boost manufacturing efficiencies and ensure that it continues to meet health and safety and food safety and quality standards. The upgrade will allow the plant to blend and pack around 30,000 metric tonnes of milk powder products per year.
Managing director of Fonterra Brands Malaysia and Singapore, Jose Miguel Porraz Lando, says, “Demand for dairy nutrition is growing fast across the region driven by the rising middle class and huge populations. The investment will go a long way to helping us meet this growing demand for dairy and cement our role as a leading regional dairy manufacturer and exporter.”
Malaysia’s deputy minister of international trade and industry, Yang Berhormat Datuk Haji Ahmad bin Haji Maslan, commented that the reopening of Fonterra’s plant in Malaysia was an opportune time to celebrate Malaysia and New Zealand’s bilateral relations, which marks its 60th anniversary this year.
“As the largest New Zealand investor in Malaysia, Fonterra Brands Malaysia plays an important role in facilitating the relationship between New Zealand and Malaysia.”
Fonterra director and farmer shareholder, David MacLeod, adds, “It’s fantastic to be in Malaysia to see for myself the facility that helps bring the milk that we produce with great care in New Zealand to millions of local families each day – contributing to their health and nutrition.”