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Fonterra Announces $30 Million For Dry Milk Centre Expansion

19 June 2013

NEW ZEALAND – Dairy cooperative Fonterra will be investing NZ$30 million in an expansion of one of its dry milk distribution centres, adding to $23 million worth of investments last year.

Improvements at the Whareroa site in Taranaki are down to a basic need to store more milk, stemming from Fonterra’s strategy to target increasing exports, Logistics Director, Mark Leslie explained.

“Our capacity to process milk continues to increase, which means that our storage capacity must grow to meet this. Where possible we want to store product at the point of manufacture to reduce costs,” he said. “This investment at our Whareroa facility will improve our logistics network’s storage capacity and address existing capacity constraints in the region.”

The Whareroa announcement follows several storage capacity upgrades at Crawford Street in Waikato, Mosgeil near Dunedin, Kauri in Whangeri and Darfield in Canterbury.

“This means we are able to reduce the number of freight movements from where a product is manufactured through to delivery to the customer which reduces our carbon footprint and ultimately saves on transport costs,” he added Mr Leslie.

Completion is expected by August 2014.

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