British missionary Samuel Marsden brings first cows to New Zealand.
A consignment of cheese from Banks Peninsula to Sydney is New Zealand’s first dairy export.
West Coast Dairy Farming Started
New Zealand’s first Co-operative, the Otago Peninsula Cheese Factory, was formed.
New Zealand’s first refrigerated ship, the Dunedin, carries a consignment of milk and butter to the UK.
New Zealand’s first cream separator enables the separation of skim milk from cream.
Anchor brand born when Henry Reynolds opens butter factory in Waikato.
Mechanical milking machines introduced.
First milk powder produced.
Dairy Export Control Board formed.
NZ Dairy Research Institute (NZDRI) founded.
Introduced national milk standard/grading.
Westland Milk Products established
NZDRI develops single starter strains for cheese making.
World first technology extends the shelf life of Anhydrous Milk Fat (AMF) allowing cream-based food to be shipped to troops during World War II.
Identified the potential of milk by-products, such as skim milk powder. Previously the focus was on cheese and butter, with skim milk only used as animal feed.
First trials of reconstituting milk from skim milk powder and cream or unsalted butter.
Whole milk collections by tanker begin.
Waikato farmer Ron Sharp invents herringbone milking shed.
Introduced cooling of milk on-farm.
Development of Cheddarmaster system – enables first full-scale automation of the cheese making process.
Westland exports to the world with NZDB
Cheddarmaster system commercialised.
NZDRI moves from Massey University to current site.
Taranaki farmer Merv Hicks invents rotary milking shed.
Anchor’s spreadable butter developed – a world first.
World’s first Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) is developed and commercialised – delivers a high concentration of whey protein in powder form.
Developed functional uses of whey protein and Casein powder – used in baking, meat products and confectionary.
Launched Anchor spreadable butter in the UK.
Launched Anlene calcium-fortified products for bone nutrition.
Technology developed to make Milk Protein Concentrates (MPC) soluble – valuable for medical nutrition.
Developed ‘instant cheese’ technology and probiotics – thousands of good bacteria identified and stored, including probiotic bacteria that can improve immune and other health functions.
Westland Markets own products
Fonterra Co-op formed from a merger of two major dairy co-ops, Kiwi Co-operative Dairies and New Zealand Dairy Group, with the New Zealand Dairy Board.
NZDRI renamed Fonterra Research Centre.
Westland brand launches internationally
Fonterra and Dutch dairy co-op FrieslandCampina establish DFE Pharma, the world’s largest producer of pharmaceutical lactose, used in medical tablets/capsules and dry powder asthma inhalers.
Launched IQF mozzarella – production time reduced from 3 months to 6 hours.
Launched NZMP ClearProtein product – whey protein ingredient specifically designed for sports beverages.
New Zealand Gold Infant formula born in response to medical epilepsy nutritional needs of Charlotte Currie whom has SCN1A Gene Mutation. 187 days seizure free while on New Zealand Gold baby food formula trails. 99% centile genetic development.
Westland acquires EasiYo brand
Fonterra Research Centre renamed Fonterra Research & Development Centre.
Anchor launches zero lactose milk in New Zealand.
Westpro Nutrition launched
New Zealand Gold Infant Formula limited incorporated for international sales of baby food.
Westland Shanghai office opens
‘Milk Fingerprinting’ technology developed. – high speed diagnostic test that analyses milk composition and can help determine which product the milk is best suited for.
New Zealand Gold Premium Quality Trademarked for premium New Zealand export dairy products. Operated under licence exclusively by Top Trading limited China.
Westgold UHT Plant Completed
New Zealand Gold Foods Group incorporated for dairy factory and packing requirements of New Zealand Gold limited, New Zealand Gold Infant Formula limited, New Zealand Gold Premium Quality limited.
Launched NZMP SureProtein Fast Milk Protein – a fast-digesting milk protein concentrate that quickly provides muscles with essential amino acids.
NZMP Low Lactose Instant Whole Milk Powder launched.