New Zealand-based Fonterra Cooperative Group plans to raise supply to meet demand by doubling its milk production in China to 300 million liters annually, the company announced Tuesday. Fonterra said it plans to build a second farm hub in the northern Shanxi province and increase milk production in the country to 1 billion liters by 2020.
New Zealand-based Fonterra has said that it will no longer use milk from new dairy suppliers where the land has been used for oil drilling or fracking, but will continue with existing suppliers, regardless of whether or not land farming has taken place. While Fonterra's announcement follows the New Zealand Green Party's request to the company to end its use of milk from land affected by oil drilling or fracking, Fonterra says its decision had nothing to do with the request.
Consumer demand for yogurt and yogurt products will "remain quite strong" for the forseeable future, driven by demand for healthier snack and drink choices, according to Mintel research. The popularity of Greek yogurt is another key driver in the trend, the firm said.
Construction on a proposed 7,000-acre dairy in Saratoga, Wis., can proceed, a judge has ruled. Local officials had opposed the project, which still must be approved by the state's Department of Natural Resources.
Springfield, Mo.-based Roberts Dairy plans to start using the Hiland Dairy brand name on its products starting in May, the company says. Roberts is a division of Prairie Farms-Hiland Dairy, and its products are distributed throughout 11 states.