Where we have come from.

Timeline:

1814

British missionary Samuel Marsden brings first cows to New Zealand.

1845

A consignment of cheese from Banks Peninsula to Sydney is New Zealand’s first dairy export.

1868

West Coast Dairy Farming Started

1871

New Zealand’s first Co-operative, the Otago Peninsula Cheese Factory, was formed.

1882

New Zealand’s first refrigerated ship, the Dunedin, carries a consignment of milk and butter to the UK.

1883

New Zealand’s first cream separator enables the separation of skim milk from cream.

1886

Anchor brand born when Henry Reynolds opens butter factory in Waikato.

1890s

Mechanical milking machines introduced.

1904

First milk powder produced.

1923

Dairy Export Control Board formed.

1927

NZ Dairy Research Institute (NZDRI) founded.

1930s

Introduced national milk standard/grading.

1937

Westland Milk Products established

1939

NZDRI develops single starter strains for cheese making.

1941

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.

1944

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.

1950s

First trials of reconstituting milk from skim milk powder and cream or unsalted butter.

1951

Whole milk collections by tanker begin.

1952

Waikato farmer Ron Sharp invents herringbone milking shed.

1955

Introduced cooling of milk on-farm.

1958

Development of Cheddarmaster system – enables first full-scale automation of the cheese making process.

1961

Westland exports to the world with NZDB

1963

Cheddarmaster system commercialised.

1965

NZDRI moves from Massey University to current site.

1969

Taranaki farmer Merv Hicks invents rotary milking shed.

1970

Anchor’s spreadable butter developed – a world first.

1970’s

World’s first Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) is developed and commercialised – delivers a high concentration of whey protein in powder form.

1982

Developed functional uses of whey protein and Casein powder – used in baking, meat products and confectionary.

1991

Launched Anchor spreadable butter in the UK.

1991

Launched Anlene calcium-fortified products for bone nutrition.

1998

Technology developed to make Milk Protein Concentrates (MPC) soluble – valuable for medical nutrition.

2000’s

Developed ‘instant cheese’ technology and probiotics – thousands of good bacteria identified and stored, including probiotic bacteria that can improve immune and other health functions.

2001

Westland Markets own products

2001

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.

2002

NZDRI renamed Fonterra Research Centre.

2004

Westland brand launches internationally

2006

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.

2008

Launched IQF mozzarella – production time reduced from 3 months to 6 hours.

2009

Launched NZMP ClearProtein product – whey protein ingredient specifically designed for sports beverages.

2009

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.

2010

Westland acquires EasiYo brand

2011

Fonterra Research Centre renamed Fonterra Research & Development Centre.

2012

Anchor launches zero lactose milk in New Zealand.

2012

Westpro Nutrition launched

2012

New Zealand Gold Infant Formula limited incorporated for international sales of baby food.

2014

Westland Shanghai office opens

2015

‘Milk Fingerprinting’ technology developed. – high speed diagnostic test that analyses milk composition and can help determine which product the milk is best suited for.

2015

New Zealand Gold Premium Quality Trademarked for premium New Zealand export dairy products. Operated under licence exclusively by Top Trading limited China.

2016

Westgold UHT Plant Completed

2016

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.

2017

Launched NZMP SureProtein Fast Milk Protein – a fast-digesting milk protein concentrate that quickly provides muscles with essential amino acids.

2017

NZMP Low Lactose Instant Whole Milk Powder launched.