INDONESIA - Fonterra Co-operative Group, the world's largest dairy export company, has recently invested 20 million ringgit ($4.4 million) to improve operating layouts at two Malaysian plants.
The New Zealand group's move will boost blending capacity at the Susumas plant -- its first in Malaysia, built in 1992 -- and reduce dependence on third parties. The plant can produce and pack an annual 30,000 tons of milk powder for brands including Anlene, Anchor, Anmum and Fernleaf, all market leaders in Malaysia.
"We don't have sufficient blending capacity to meet the packaging capacity," Jose Miguel Porraz Lando, the managing director of Fonterra Brands Malaysia, told reporters recently.
"We are addressing the bottleneck [to] allow us to do blending in-house," Mr Porraz Lando said.
The operation has grown from distributing finished products imported from New Zealand to blending raw materials and developing new products. By installing the latest equipment, the company hopes to improve food safety and efficiency and reduce manual handling to meet the higher standards being demanded in the region.
Source: Nikkei Asian Review
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