Fonterra invests RM20m to boost capacity


SHAH ALAM: Dairy giant Fonterra Brands (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd has invested another RM20 million to boost capacity by upgrading its plant in Shah Alam, said managing director Jose Miguel Porraz Lando.

The project involving Fonterra's "Susumas" plant has just commenced and is expected to be completed by the first quarter of next year.

"Fonterra's investment this round, of another RM20 million, involves step by step changes to boost capacity for ambient products as well as ensure the highest health, food safety and quality standards in manufacturing and operations.

"With the new capacity, we should be quite fine to cater to the demand that we foresee for Malaysia and export markets for seven to eight years," he told Bernama.

Over the last five years, Fonterra has reportedly invested close to RM60 million into upgrading its two plants in the country - "Susumas" and "Dairymas".

Susumas has a current capacity of 30,000 tonnes of milk powder.

"Susumas imports raw ingredients from New Zealand, then mixes and blends them according to the recipe here, followed by the packaging process, while Dairymas produces yoghurt and ultra-high temperature processing (UHT) dairy products," he said.

These translate into a wider breadth of dairy chilled and ambient products, including Anmum, Anlene, Fernleaf (CalciYum and Solivite), Chesdale and Anchor Butter.

Porraz Lando said Fonterra Malaysia is now one of the world's largest global manufacturers and marketers of dairy-based consumer and food products.

Malaysia is among Fonterra's leading markets.

"Products from Susumas and Dairymas are also exported to 16 countries, including the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Mauritius and Hong Kong," he said.

Fonterra in Malaysia has 750 employees and given that the country is its leading market, Porraz Lando said a new division was recently set up here to provide support services in finance, human resources and procurement for the group's operations in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

"In many places including New Zealand, we chose to reduce a number of jobs and streamline operations, but Malaysia stood out and we created almost 60 new positions last year.

"We have been here for 40 years, seen a lot of ups and downs, that's normal for a country's development. We are here for the long run and would continue to invest," he added. - Bernama
Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In Business News

7-Eleven Malaysia settles suit against Dego�
KAB appoints Dr Ong Peng Su as new chairman
Citi to exit retail banking in 13 markets, including Malaysia
NWP shareholders calls for EGM to replace directors
WZ Satu bags RM243mil job from Malaysian Refining Co
Khazanah raises RM312mil from TM share placement
FBM KLCI ends higher despite negative broad-market breadth
Tricor apologises for Maybank AGM rescheduling
CIMB Group underlying business proves resilient in FY20 despite pandemic effects
Pertama Digital increases court bail limit to RM500k via eJamin

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers