World's largest milk drier produces first powder

Monday, 02 September, 2013

The world’s largest milk powder drier has produced its first batches of whole milk powder. The drier, which is located at Fonterra’s Darfield site, will produce powder for export to more than 20 markets worldwide.

At the peak of the season, the drier will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will produce more than 700 tonnes each day - the equivalent of 45 shipping containers daily.

Canterbury Operations Manager, Richard Gray, and Director Logistics Network, Robert Spurway, stand in front of the world’s largest milk powder drier at Fonterra’s Darfield site.

Canterbury Operations Manager Richard Gray and Director Logistics Network Robert Spurway stand in front of the world’s largest milk powder drier at Fonterra’s Darfield site. Image: Fonterra.

“The demand for dairy nutrition around the world, especially for whole milk powder, is still strong,” said Fonterra Director Logistics Network Robert Spurway. “Drier Two will ensure that Fonterra has the capacity to meet this demand and to process ongoing milk growth in Canterbury, the fastest growing dairy region in New Zealand.

“The new drier will help the co-operative meet the growing demand for dairy nutrition globally and will play an important role in Fonterra’s strategy to optimise its New Zealand milk business.

Darfield Drier Two takes first milk.

Darfield Drier Two takes first milk. Image: Fonterra.

The drier’s first production run marks the completion of the $500 million, three-year development of Fonterra’s Darfield site.

“Seeing the second drier up and running after Drier One’s successful first season of operation is testament to the co-op’s manufacturing capabilities,” Spurway said.

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