Fonterra's expansion brings jobs

PLANT GROWS: Fonterra is planning a $30 million extension to its export cream cheese manufacturing operation at Te Rapa in the Waikato.
PLANT GROWS: Fonterra is planning a $30 million extension to its export cream cheese manufacturing operation at Te Rapa in the Waikato.

Fonterra is to build a $30 million extension to its export cream cheese manufacturing operation at Te Rapa in the Waikato.

The dairy giant intends to more than double its current production of 10,000 tonnes of cream cheese for export to Japan and Asia.

Director New Zealand operations Brent Taylor said Waikato company Tetra Pak had won the contract to build the single-storey plant which would create up to 25 new jobs.

It will be built this dairy season, commissioned next winter, with production due to start in early August next year.

Japanese bakeries and cheesecake manufacturers are the biggest buyers of Te Rapa's cream cheese production, but Asian bakeries particularly in China are a growing market. Te Rapa is Fonterra's only export cream cheese plant.

Waikato Times