Westland Milk Products

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Westland Milk Products
Type Co-operative
Industry Manufacturing
Founded 1937 (1937)
Headquarters Hokitika, New Zealand
Key people
Revenue NZD $830 million
Members 425
Employees ~400
Website westland.co.nz

Westland Milk Products is the trading name of Westland Co-operative Dairy Company Limited, an independent co-operative dairy company. It is owned by over 425 farmer shareholders, who supply milk to the factory for processing. Milk is sourced from farms as far north as Karamea and as far south as Haast. Their major processing factory is located on the eastern edge in the town of Hokitika on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, with their main warehouse and milk concentration plant near the small town of Rolleston[1] outside Christchurch.

The company produces a number of milk-derived food ingredients including butter, milk powder, caseinates and milk protein products,[2] most of which is exported. In 2013 the company started to make infant milk formulas.

History[edit]

The company started operating in 1937.[3] After the deregulation of the New Zealand dairy industry in 2001, nearly all of the dairy co-operatives in New Zealand amalgamated to become Fonterra.[4] Westland Milk Products' shareholders voted to remain an independent co-operative, as did the much smaller Tatua Cooperative Dairy Company.

Organisational Memberships[edit]

  • New Zealand Co-operatives Association (Inc)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New milk powder warehouse means more freight by rail". Radio New Zealand. 22 May 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  2. ^ 2011 Annual Report
  3. ^ http://westland.co.nz/celebrate
  4. ^ Stevenson, Philippa (24 September 2001). "MPs launch bold new dairy era". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 

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