Tatua Dairy Company
|Headquarters||Tatuanui, Morrinsville, New Zealand|
|Products||[Specialised dairy ingredients and dairy foods including, dairy flavour ingredients, specialty nutritional ingredients, bionutrients, consumer and foodservice dairy products.|
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The Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company Ltd, trading as Tatua, is an independent co-operative dairy company in the Matamata-Piako District of the Waikato Region, in the North Island of New Zealand. It is located in the rural locality of Tatuanui, approximately 8 kilometres east of Morrinsville. The co-operative is owned by 114 shareholder farms, all located within a 12 kilometre radius of the processing factory.
The co-operative has maintained a strong independent history within the New Zealand dairy industry. In the 2001 mega-merger for the New Zealand dairy industry - which formed Fonterra - Tatua shareholders decided to remain independent. Given that New Zealand had over 500 dairy co-operatives in the 1930s, Tatua is unique in that it is the only New Zealand dairy co-operative remaining that has never been part of any merger throughout its history.
Tatua often records the highest payout for milksolids to the farmer shareholders in New Zealand. While the high level of payout is partly due to a small catchment area (which reduces processing costs), the excellent financial performance of Tatua is increasingly attributed to focusing on value-added milk products rather than traditional, mass-produced, commodity-based milk products such as milk powder, butter and cheese.
- New Zealand Co-operatives Association (Inc)
- "Tatua's payout forecast at $7.50". Waikato Times. 25 April 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
- "Tatua payout highlights benefits of adding value - Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company Ltd". The New Zealand Herald. 27 July 2006. Retrieved 13 October 2010.