“Drier Two”, the world’s largest milk powder drier kicked into gear last week at Fonterra’s Darfield site in New Zealand to produce its first batches of whole milk powder, which will be exported to more than 20 markets across the world, including the Middle East, China and Southeast Asia.
Robert Spurway, the director of Fonterra’s logistics network, said at the peak of the season, the drier will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week to produce more than 700 tonnes—or 45 shipping containers—each day.
“Drier Two will ensure that Fonterra has the capacity to meet this demand and to process ongoing milk growth in Canterbury, the fastest growing dairy region in New Zealand,” Spurway said.
“The new drier will help the co-operative meet the growing demand for dairy nutrition globally and will play a role in Fonterra’s strategy to optimise its New Zealand milk business.”
With Drier Two online at Darfield, Fonterra is now taking fresh milk from farms within a 65km radius from the site, and has completed its first production run of whole milk powder.
The drier’s first production run marked the completion of Fonterra’s NZ$500m dollar development of the Darfield site, which has taken the past three years.
“Seeing the second drier up and running after Drier One’s successful first season of operation is testament to the co-op’s manufacturing capabilities,” Spurway said.