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Synlait in April 2015

Synlait Milk is a dairy processing company based in the Canterbury region of New Zealand. The company manufactures ingredient and nutritional milk powders. The factory is located off State Highway 1 just west of Dunsandel.


The Synlait Milk facility processes more than 600 million litres of milk each year. It is capable of processing 4.2 million litres of raw milk per day, from which up to 340 metric tonnes of milk powder can be produced.

Manufacturing capability[edit]

Synlait has three milk powder dryers, including a purpose-built infant formula facility, the largest and most sophisticated in the Southern Hemisphere.[citation needed] It can process up to 6-7 tonnes of infant milk powder per hour.

Milk suppliers[edit]

Almost all of the 150 Synlait milk suppliers are located within an 80 kilometres (50 mi) radius of the manufacturing plant.


Synlait employs a staff of over 450 people at its single site based between Rakaia and Dunsandel in Canterbury.


Synlait manufactures the following:

  • Ingredient Products
Whole milk powders
Skim milk powders
Andhydrous milk fat
  • Nutritional Products
Infant nutritional powders
Starter formula (0 – 6 months)
Follow on formula ( 6 – 12 months)
Growing up formula (12 – 36 months)
Adult nutritional powders
Breastfeeding mum formula
Pregnant mum formula
  • Special Milk Powders
Lipidex phospholipid-rich powder
Night milk


2000: Synlait Limited established. The first commercial project was the purchase of Robindale Dairy farm.

2005: Synlait Limited owns eight dairy farms and the business focus now shifts from dairy farming to dairy products manufacturing.

2007: Spray drier one commissioned at Synlait Limited owned farm Dunsandel Dairies.

2008: First milk processed via spray drier one.Anhydrous Milk Plant commissioned.Milk contracted from third party dairy farms commences.

2009: Special milks spray drier commissioned. Synlait was awarded Fastest Growing Manufacturer (Canterbury and Upper South Island), and 7th Fastest Growing Company in New Zealand in the Deloitte Fast 50 index. Synlait wins Canterbury Large Emerging Exporter of the Year in the Air New Zealand Cargo, Canterbury Export Business Awards.

2010: Bright Dairy of China investment of $81 million. The investment funds the commission of spray drier two – purpose built for infant formula manufacture. Separation of the Synlait farming business (Synlait Farms) from the milk processing business (Synlait Milk). Synlait was awarded the 12th fastest growing company in New Zealand in the Deloitte Fast 50.

2011: Infant formula production starts via spray drier two. Synlait makes the Deloitte Fast 50 index for the fourth consecutive year.

2012: Synlait wins the Champion Global Operator (medium / large enterprise) at the Champion Canterbury Business Awards. Synlait wins the Agri-Business Award in the Sensational Selwyn Business Awards. Synlait posts a $6.3 million profit for the year ending July 2012.

2013: Synlait launches an internationally accredited ISO 65 dairy farm assurance system called Lead With Pride. $15 million special milks spray dryer upgrade commissioned to produce Lactoferrin.

2014: Synlait named Supreme Winner at the 2014 Champion Canterbury Business Awards and winner of the Champion Global Operator category for a medium-large business.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Marta Steeman (2014-09-18). "Synlait Milk takes top award". Retrieved 2015-04-16.

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