New Zealand Dairy Products to build new milk processing factory
New Zealand Dairy Products will build a new factory in the Hawkes Bay region to help meet the international demand for goat milk infant formula and other nutritional powders. This new plant will also manufacture Shegoa infant formula that is made from a combination of goat milk and sheep milk.
The project includes a large scale farming operation for both dairy goats and sheep. Company Managing Director, Chris Berryman, said that this will enable NZDP to control quality from farm to finished product. Milk will also be sourced from other local goat and sheep milk farmers.
Project funding is currently being finalised and construction is expected to take 18 months. Stage 1 will give NZDP the capacity to produce up to 15 million tins of goat milk and Shegoa infant formula a year for export to over 24 countries.
When availability of milk permits the factory will be expanded to produce high value pharmaceutical grade goat milk and sheep milk powders. Products will be marketed under the Carilac brand.
The new factory and farm which will be located near Napier/Hastings will provide a boost to the local economy with up to 70 new jobs. ■