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2008-09-05 15:00:14

By EVANS, Ryan FONTERRA has been told to improve the environmental performance of its Kapuni lactose factory by Taranaki's environmental watchdog. During the 2006-07 year, the Taranaki Regional Council investigated five incidents at the Kapuni plant where the company broke the conditions of its resource consents. The breaches related to treatment and discharge of waste water. In one instance Fonterra was fined $750 after an outbreak of sewage fungus in the Kaupokonui River caused by a...

2008-08-29 15:00:31

By JANES, Andrew FONTERRA will face a powerful new competitor across the Tasman with National Foods set to buy Australian co-op Dairy Farmers for $1.1 billion. After a competitive sales process, Dairy Farmers announced yesterday that it would recommend the bid by Kirin-owned National Foods to its farmer shareholders. It will require the approval of at least 75 per cent of its shareholders in a vote scheduled for mid- November. Fonterra pulled out of the race to buy Dairy Farmers in...

2008-08-28 15:00:43

By BISHOP, Diane DAIRY giant Fonterra is anticipating record milk production this season on the back of last season's soul-destroying drought. And Southland's 90 new dairy conversions are being hailed as a major contributor to the industry's growth. Fonterra's general manager of commercial milk supply Jason Minkhorst said milk production was projected to increase 9 percent this year from 1.2 billion to 1.3 billion kilograms of milk solids for the 2008-09 season. "It's shaping up to be...

2008-08-26 15:00:40

By JANES, Andrew New Zealand's Fonterra will face a powerful new competitor across the Tasman with National Foods set to buy Australian co-op Dairy Farmers for $1.1 billion. After a competitive sales process, Dairy Farmers announced yesterday it would recommend the Kirin- owned National Foods' bid to its farmer shareholders. It will require the approval of at least 75 per cent of its shareholders in a vote in mid-November. Fonterra pulled out of the race to buy Dairy Farmers in June,...

2008-08-25 15:00:37

By McKNIGHT Sam RECENT prosecutions of Southland dairy farmers drew an angry response from several Environment Southland councillors yesterday, who called for consent reviews for non-compliant farms. In the past two months four dairy farming companies were fined by the Environment Court, for unlawful effluent discharge into waterways. Speaking at the environmental management committee meeting Cr Derek Angus was particularly troubled by the offences and suggested consents be...

2008-08-20 15:00:54

By JANES, Andrew Rocketing prices are stalling dairy consumption across Asia. But Fonterra continues to gain market share, its new head in the area, Mark Wilson, tells ANDREW JANES . 'Ultimately demography drives economics" is a phrase Mark Wilson likes. He repeats it several times during our interview and says he uses it as a guiding light. As a business mantra, it's an apt one for a man in charge of Fonterra's operations for a region accounting for about 60 per cent of the...

2008-08-17 18:00:24

By JANES, Andrew SHOPPERS switching to cheaper house-brand dairy products have led to Goodman Fielder writing down the value of its New Zealand dairy operations by about a quarter. Goodman Fielder is No 2 in the New Zealand dairy market after Fonterra. Its brands include Meadow Fresh and Sun Latte milk, and Tararua and Chesdale cheese. In the year to June 2007, the New Zealand dairy operations had revenue of almost $500 million. Yesterday it said it would write down their value by $214...

2008-08-14 18:00:23

By McKNIGHT Sam ENVIRONMENT SOUTHLAND has put several dairy farmers on notice because of their repeat dirty dairying discharges. Council compliance manager Mark Hunter said a disturbing trend had emerged among some farmers who were beginning to build up a non- compliance history. "It seems to be that there are a lot of people who just aren't learning their lesson." Four farming companies had been fined after Environment Court hearings in June and last month for unlawful effluent...

2008-08-11 00:00:24

By Vasantha Ganesan FONTERRA, the dairy company whose brands include Anlene, Fernleaf and Anmum, expects Malaysia to remain its third largest market in Asia and the Middle East as it continues to innovate and market more products here. Sri Lanka is the New Zealand-based company's biggest market in the region, followed by the Middle East. Mark A. Wilson - Fonterra Brands (Asia Holdings) Pte Ltd's managing director for Asia, the Middle East and Africa - said that revenue from Malaysia is...

2008-07-30 15:00:55

By BASHAM, Laura They may drive our economy, but do we love our farmers and their fellow food producers enough? Laura Basham reports. ---------------- ---- KEY DRIVERS Horticulture - $325m Forestry - $306m Seafood - $268m Tourism - $134m Pastoral - $106m Nelson region total GDP: $3.2 billion Nelson region jobs Industry Job count 2006 % change since 2001 Retail 5340 +21 Ag/Forestry/Fishing 4944 -16 Manufacturing 4842 +8 Prop/Bus services 4269 +43 Health/Comm services 3738 +25 Education 2688...


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