Fonterra fixes NI milk supply problem

CATHERINE HARRIS
Last updated 12:20 29/05/2014

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A shortage of milk produced by Fonterra in the upper North Island has been rectified.

A burst water main at Fonterra's Takanini plant late last week brought deliveries of Fonterra's Anchor and private brand milk products to a halt from Sunday to late Tuesday.

The breakdown did not affect the milk quality, but did mean cleaning was impossible, stopping production.

Fonterra spokesman Daniel Wrigley said most urban supermarkets should now be fully stocked again "but some of the outlying areas in the Far North might still have a bit of a shortage".

"It just took us a couple of days to catch up with where we were," Wrigley said.

Foodstuffs, which runs the New World, Pak 'n Save and Four Square supermarkets, said there were supply issues in the upper North Island with private label and Fonterra-branded fresh milk, flavoured milk and cream products on Tuesday.

Fresh supplies had flowed in later in the day and full supply resumed yesterday.

"There was a slight impact at store [level] but this was managed to ensure disruption to customers was kept to a minimum," spokeswoman Antoinette Shallue said.

Countdown said its supermarkets also briefly ran out of Fonterra-branded milk, but the company had had ample supplies of its own home brand of milk on hand.

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