Fresh opportunities with new dairy factory in Tokoroa


Tokoroa will be home to a new state-of-the-art dairy processing plant planned by Olam Food Ingredients (OFI), a global leader in natural and sustainable food ingredient solutions. It wants to hear from farmers, contractors, suppliers and employees who are interested in partnership opportunities.

OFI Global Head of Dairy Processing Naval Sabri said the facility will open up more supply options for South Waikato farmers and create 50 to 60 full time jobs in the community when fully operational, with more jobs anticipated in the future.

“We have a long and successful history in New Zealand through our previous investment in the dairy sector and are pleased to deepen our presence here,” Sabri said.

“The facility will help us to support our global customers to meet growing consumer demand for products that are natural, nutritious and delicious and, with New Zealand’s farming standards and high-quality milk so well-regarded, address their innovation, traceability, and sustainable sourcing requirements.”

Two senior New Zealand-based appointments have been made to support the development: Operations Director Paul Rennie joins from Tasti Products Ltd and GM Milk Supply Paul Johnson joins from Fonterra. Both have deep experience in the dairy and food industries.

GM Milk Supply Paul Johnson said OFI has been, and is, focused on talking to local farmers to understand their business needs.

“We are taking a long-term view with milk supply partnerships,” Johnson said.

“This means taking the time to understand what will make a genuine difference to our milk supply partners and then shaping an offer that works for farmers on every level. 

“We are looking forward to meeting with farmers to discuss our milk supply partnership agreement in the coming months.”

OFI supplies natural, sustainable food and beverage ingredients – cocoa, coffee, nuts, spices and dairy – to thousands of customers worldwide. It ranks among the top three global dairy suppliers and the Tokoroa plant will become part of a network that spans 20 major milk consumption markets, such as South-East Asia, China, the Middle East, and Africa.

The first stage of the development is expected to be commissioned in Q3 of 2023 and will involve the construction of a spray dryer facility to produce high-value milk powder, with more facilities added over time to extend the range of products that can be manufactured. Operations Director Paul Rennie said OFI is excited to join the Tokoroa community and share its strong focus on operating sustainably.

“This will include maximising the use of renewable energy sources, waste minimisation and building infrastructure to ensure we handle our waste in the most sustainable way possible,” Mr Rennie said.

“It will complement the work we will do throughout the supply chain and the work that farmers are doing on their farms.”

To learn more, visit ofinz.co.nz or email: newzealand@olamnet.com.


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