Nestlé opens dairy institute in northeast China

By RJ Whitehead

- Last updated on GMT

The new institute will have an emphasis on sustainability
The new institute will have an emphasis on sustainability
After making one of the biggest dairy investments in its history, Nestlé has opened the doors a dairy farming institute in northeast China, which it hopes will help modernise the country’s farming practices while encouraging farmers to sustainably meet the country’s fast-growing demand for milk.

The institute, located in Shuangcheng in Heilongjiang Province, comes with a US$32m price tag, as well as a pedigree, said John Cheung, Nestlé’s regional chief executive.

We have a history of developing milk districts and the Nestlé dairy farming institute is an extension of this​,” Cheung said.

Having been active in Chinese dairy operations for over 25 years, the company has now established three milk districts, in Shuangcheng, Laixi in Qingdao and Hulunbeier in Inner Mongolia.

China is one of the world’s fastest growing markets for milk products, and the market is expected to almost double in volume by 2020 from current levels.

Milk is becoming a vital part of the Chinese diet, so the institute represents our commitment to helping China move its dairy sector to the next stage of development in a sustainable and efficient manner​,” said Hans Joehr, Nestlé’s head of agriculture.

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