Saturday, 07 November 2015 08:49

Chinese infant formula plant opens

Written by 

New Zealand's newest dairy plant, making infant formula for the Chinese market, was opened yesterday.

The $220 million Yashili plant at Pokeno, north Waikato, will make 52,000 tonnes of formula. The product will be sent to China in cans and in 25kg bags.

Yashili is majority owned by China's largest dairy player Mengnui Dairy; European Dairy players Arla Foods and Danone are also shareholders.

Mengniu chief executive and chairman of Yashili International Holdings Ltd Sun Yiping attended the opening. Prime Minister John Key was the chief guest.

Yashili New Zealand begins a new chapter of Chinese offshore infrastructure development, says Yiping.

"With ever-increasing levels of urbanisation, and an increase in consumer demand for dairy products, China is the fastest growing dairy market in the world. The Mengniu-Yashili plant is creating an elite team based in New Zealand to embody a blending of cultures with an international vision and integrated ability," she says.

With food safety the utmost priority, the production plant was designed to operate under strict quality controls and testing will be conducted by AsureQuality.

» Connect with Rural News

More like this

Foreign investment is critical

Foreign investment not only brings in money but links New Zealand into foreign markets, says former Prime Minister John Key.

Not the time for tax – Key

Former Prime Minister John Key says imposing another tax on farmers now for greenhouse gas emissions won’t achieve much.

Culling cows not the answer

OPINION: The agricultural sector plays a critical role in New Zealand's economic health and the lives of everyday Kiwis.

» The RNG Weather Report



» Connect with Rural News

» Connect with Rural News

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound


The Hound notes that one of the country’s poorest financially performing state-owned enterprises – the Government farming entity Landcorp (or…

Rural revolt

Your old mate hears that the antics of the Government – especially the NZ First component – are fuelling motivation…

» Connect with Rural News