Anchor has been a Kiwi favourite since 1886.

Since its inception more than 125 years ago, Anchor has worked hard to unlock the natural goodness of pure New Zealand milk.

Milk makes our bones, teeth and hair stronger. It improves our sleep, wards off osteoporosis and builds our muscles. It’s our first food and it’s the one food we can consume at every single life-stage.

At Anchor we believe the goodness of milk should be celebrated so we’re on a mission to make dairy a bigger part of everyone’s lives, by delivering the most innovative and best-tasting New Zealand dairy to everyone.

  • 1. What is the difference between Anchor Trim, Lite and Blue Top milks?+

    The Anchor milk range has different fat (or cream) levels depending on the milk variety.  For more information on our milk varieties, please see the Anchor website.

  • 2. Does Anchor make a lactose-free cow’s milk?+

    Yes – Anchor Zero Lacto is New Zealand’s first lactose free fresh white milk. Zero Lacto has all the goodness and taste of fresh cow’s milk with none of the lactose. It is available in one litre varieties: Blue with a delicious smooth, full bodied taste or Trim which is 99.9 per cent fat free with a refreshing and crisp taste. Visit the Anchor Zero Lacto website for more information:

  • 3. How is Anchor milk made – from grass to glass?+

    It’s a very simple process. We receive cow’s milk straight from the farm, and separate into skim milk and cream. Then we standardise the milk by adding just the right amount of cream to skim milk to make the fat content of Anchor Trim, Lite and Blue Top milks – refer to Question 1 above.  With some milk we also standardise protein levels using permeate. All New Zealand milk, by law, must then undergo pasteurisation (a short heat treatment) rendering it safe to drink. Finally milk is homogenised to evenly distribute the cream, then is filled into bottles and sent to market, ready for you to purchase. All of our milk products adhere to the Food Standards Code set by Food Standards Australia New Zealand. 

  • 4. So what is permeate then?+

    Permeate is a natural component of milk created when the milk is put through a fine filter. The lactose, vitamins and minerals which filter through are known collectively as permeate. This lactose and vitamin rich stream is then added back to milk to ensure the protein levels are consistent. Only permeate derived from the fine filtration of fresh milk is used in standardised milk products. Permeate is not considered an additive or a separate ingredient to milk, as endorsed by the NZ Ministry of Primary Industries.

  • 5. Why do we use permeate?+

    In New Zealand we have natural seasonal fluctuation in protein levels in milk – more than most other countries. Milk processors use permeate to ensure a consistent level of protein in their products all year round. If we did not use permeate, milk would not always taste the same and protein levels would be inconsistent. We ensure all our fresh milk products adhere to the Food Standards Code set by Food Standards Australia New Zealand. 

  • 6. What’s the difference between Anchor standard and speciality milks?+

    Anchor speciality milks are fresh, standard milk which is enriched with essential dairy nutrients. Anchor Calci+ is low-fat milk with high calcium and a good source of protein, and added Vitamin D to assist with building strong bones. Anchor Mega is reduced-fat milk with a good source of protein, plus calcium and Vitamin D to provide fuel for growth.  

  • 7. How many serves of dairy foods should I have each day?+

    Australian and New Zealand dietary guidelines recommend 2-3 serves of dairy foods (milk, cheese or yoghurt) or dairy equivalents per day for healthy active adults. One serve is approximately a 250ml glass of milk, 40 grams or two slices of cheese, and 200 grams of yoghurt.

  • 8. What is natural dairy goodness?+

    Milk and other dairy foods such as cheese and yoghurt can be a valuable dietary source of naturally occurring dairy nutrients. These nutrients include high quality dairy protein, energy for active bodies, minerals such as calcium to help build strong bones and teeth, plus vitamins such as B vitamins which are essential for growth and development