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We’re making sustainable improvements right across our business, including how we care for the ecosystems surrounding our manufacturing sites.
December 08, 2022
We’re committed to producing dairy in a way that cares for our environment, which means considering what happens to our packaging once the nutrition inside has been consumed.
December 06, 2022
We’ve begun our journey into renewable energy and have commissioned a 66kw solar system on the admin building of our Darnum site in Gippsland.
August 30, 2022
Did you know that our manufacturing sites across Victoria and Tasmania are home to some incredible ecosystems?
July 29, 2022
In the heart of Northern Victoria a very special birthday has just been celebrated, with 300 of our farmers and employees, their families and the local community coming together for our Stanhope factory’s centenary.
June 30, 2022
We know that our Japanese customers love our Wynyard cheese for its premium quality and consistency, and now it’s been confirmed at Fonterra’s 16th Annual Best Site Cup Awards.
June 29, 2022
One of the sectors hardest hit by COVID was the foodservice industry, and we’re really proud of the way we have partnered with customers to navigate the complex environment we all found ourselves in.
June 22, 2022
In the small town of Rushworth in northern Victoria, a group of locals are determined to make a difference for those doing it tough.
June 01, 2022
At only 18 years old, Jim Burrows thought he would try his luck at sneaking his muddied truck into the Stanhope Dairy Co-operative factory to give it a wash down.
Halfway through the job, Jim got sprung by the milk collection manager...
May 27, 2022
Our dairy foods have taken home an impressive 44 medals, with the haul shared by our Stanhope, Cobden, Wynyard and Spreyton sites.
May 20, 2022
In 2020, we entered a partnership with Sea Forest to see if using Asparagopsis seaweed as a supplement feed for dairy cows could reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This trial now enters its next phase including a new agreement allowing Fonterra farmers first access to this potential new seaweed solution.
April 29, 2022
A sustainable future for our business is core to our strategy, and we know that healthy freshwater, soil and ecosystems are essential to the long-term success of our business, farmers’ businesses, and to communities.
March 22, 2022
As part of Clean Up Australia Day – some of our employees and their families donned gloves and got to work picking up rubbish around the local Stanhope area – together they bagged a whopping 150kg of rubbish. That’s equivalent to 600 tubs of Perfect Italiano Ricotta.
March 15, 2022
March 01, 2022
Kirkstall couple Chloe and Rodney Brown are firmly on the path from farm leasing to ownership, working with Fonterra’s Farm Source Professional team to put a plan in place to reach their goal.
February 18, 2022
Dairy farmers are tackling the critical shortage of skilled labour at all levels in the industry with a program designed to support and inspire the next generation of farmers.
November 23, 2021
Our focus is on being a consumer-led and customer-driven business, which is why the voice of our customers is really important to us.
October 25, 2021
When it comes to thinking of your development, it can be daunting. We’re often so focused on the here and now, and our attention is rightfully on the job we’re doing today.
October 05, 2021
For Healthy Minds Month, we’re focussed on five ways to wellbeing – Give, Connect, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Be Active.
September 01, 2021
The past 12 months have been exceptionally challenging for people in need. Demand for food relief has gone up as people face financial pressures from COVID-19, recent floods as well as bushfires last year.
June 25, 2021
Western district farmer Harry Crabbe has turned his herd’s milk quality from millstone to milestone and is now recognised as one of the country's top 100 dairy producers, receiving the prestigious Dairy Australia Gold Diamond Award.
June 17, 2021
A generation ago, young people in country Victoria would have likely stayed on their parents' farms, taking the reins on running the day-to-day and eventually taking it over completely.
June 09, 2021
An opinion piece by René Dedoncker, Fonterra Australia Managing Director
June 08, 2021
Hard work, perseverance and the support of a good farming family have provided the keys to success for Yannathan dairy farmer Dean Turner on his journey from farm hand to lease farmer.
June 04, 2021
The 2018 St. Patrick’s Day fires were devastating to the farmers and communities in western Victoria, including 60 of Fonterra’s farmers.
May 24, 2021
Recognised as a trailblazer for women in dairy, Timboon dairy farmer Jan Raleigh is finally calling time on her remarkable career.
May 18, 2021
In an effort to help address the long-term challenge of attracting, retaining and developing people in the dairy industry, twelve young dairy farmers from across Victoria and Tasmania took part in the very first Proud to be a Dairy Farmer program last week
May 14, 2021
On farmland located on the northern edges of Warrnambool sits the new Merri River School. The special developmental school is not the only new thing the students get to enjoy – they’ve just received 10 new mountain bikes with funding from Fonterra.
April 30, 2021
When the primary cheese plant at our Stanhope factory in northern Victoria was destroyed by a fire in 2014, a major reconstruction project was required to fix it – meaning a considerable number of materials were needed, from fresh timber to new machinery and stainless-steel vats.
April 26, 2021
Last year was a difficult time. Australians were still recovering from the devastating bushfires when COVID-19 took hold.
April 08, 2021
Diversity and inclusion go hand-in-hand and at Fonterra we care about being an inclusive and diverse place to work, where everyone can be themselves and be their best in everything they do.
March 16, 2021
This International Women’s Day, we’re running a series to celebrate three women in south-west Victoria who #ChooseToChallenge.
March 08, 2021
Purnim dairy farmer Lisa Dwyer is paving the way for greater diversity in the dairy industry and showing the next generation that there is more to dairy than milking cows.
March 05, 2021
Growing up on a dairy farm just outside Kyabram, Mark Mullins always knew he wanted to pursue a career in real estate over dairy farming. After five years as a successful real estate agent in Melbourne, he returned to Kyabram to help his dad sell the farm – and ended up taking it over instead.
December 18, 2020
On 16 December 2014, the Stanhope Fire Brigade were first on the scene when a fire destroyed the primary cheese plant at our Stanhope factory in northern Victoria, spending hours battling the blaze.
December 16, 2020
The foodservice sector in Australia has been one of the hardest Australian industries hit during COVID-19, with restaurants, pubs, and cafes in some states forced to close to patrons and swiftly adapt to rising demand for takeaway and home delivery.
December 01, 2020
South West Victoria
We’ve taken home an impressive 47 gongs at the Dairy Industry Association of Australia (DIAA) Australian Dairy Product Awards.
November 09, 2020
In 1970, the Beatles split, flared jeans were in, and Adrian Wells rocked up to site for his first day on the job.
September 16, 2020
It’s no surprise that consumers are increasingly worried about immunity.
August 05, 2020
In a step towards a potential solution to dairy farm emissions, we’ve partnered with Sea Forest to see if using seaweed in cows’ feed can reduce greenhouse gasses.
July 24, 2020
While working from home has eliminated our commute and enabled us to spend more time with our families, for many of us it has been less than ideal for our waistlines.
May 26, 2020
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, we rapidly responded to keep our people safe, our milk collections going and our products on supermarket shelves.
April 17, 2020
Right now, our people and our farmers are working hard to keep milk flowing and factories running to make sure dairy foods are making it to supermarket shelves – they’re doing their bit for Australia during COVID-19.
April 16, 2020
ProviCo Australia buys Fonterra’s Dennington site.
March 02, 2020
Recent torrential rains may have dampened many of Australia’s bushfires, but not before the efforts of some of our Aussie people and farmers volunteered with their local emergency services organisations to help. Meet a few of them below.
February 20, 2020
Out there in the universe, stars are born every day. But, closer to home in Cobden, Western Victoria, a star is born every second – Australia’s favourite butter, Western Star™.
February 11, 2020
All of us at Fonterra are saddened by the suffering being experienced by so many in our community. We’re thankful that our people and farmers are safe so far, and our thoughts are with those who have not been so lucky.
January 16, 2020
Workers at the now-closed factory at Fonterra Dennington have remembered and reminisced over a century of food production and friendships as they hang up their hair nets for the last time.
December 06, 2019
Families across Victoria’s south west in need of emergency food relief will now see fresh milk in their Warrnambool and District Food Share hampers, with the first donations made from Fonterra’s Cobden plant.
November 12, 2019
When we heard we could help families across Tasmania’s north-east be better connected to their community and to mental health support services – our people rallied together.
October 23, 2019
A win for the environment and for their business’ bottom-line, Randall and Erica Mair have halved the water used to clean their dairy.
October 04, 2019
The children at Wydinia Kindergarten and Early Learning Centre in Colac in western Victoria are solving the age-old question of what comes first – the chicken or the egg – with a new egg incubator and chicken coop bought with the help of the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.
August 21, 2019
Our Stanhope and Wynyard cheese has again been recognised on the world stage, this time picking up three golds at the annual International Cheese and Dairy Awards, held in Nantwich, UK.
August 07, 2019
Plastic Free July may have been and gone, but this isn’t stopping a group of Gippsland residents from sewing up a storm to reduce single-use plastic bags in their local community.
August 05, 2019
Clouds, SNMPs, OSI models and IPs – sometimes working with technology can seem like a foreign language!
August 01, 2019
E-Jian Loh’s role requires her to be very creative – and to think outside the box.
July 10, 2019
Sarah Brosnan probably isn’t who you’d picture as a typical truck driver.
July 08, 2019
As one of Foodbank’s National Milk Program partners, Fonterra Australia was humbled to receive the 2019 Foodbank Award for our contribution to help fight hunger in Australia.
June 05, 2019
June 03, 2019
From Victoria’s leafy eastern suburb of Box Hill to the bright lights of Shanghai, 40 Melbourne Business School students went on an immersive research experience as part of this year’s Business in Asia Innovation Challenge.
May 20, 2019
We may need to make room on our trophy case, after picking up over 50 awards at this year’s Dairy Industry Association of Australia (DIAA) Australian and Victorian Dairy Product Awards.
May 17, 2019
From unearthing the next Shane Warne, Dean Jones or Cameron White at the Dennington Cricket Club to supporting budding architects and engineers at Ulverstone Primary School on Tasmania’s north coast, over 40 deserving community groups across Victoria and Tasmania will receive a leg-up from the latest round of funding from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.
May 13, 2019
Mother and daughter Julie and Sarah Fusinato share a passion for dairy, working together on the family farm before Sarah left Gippsland for Richmond, joining our business as a Farm Source Service Centre Specialist.
May 09, 2019
Last year, more than four million Australians experienced uncertainty around where their next meal was coming from.
April 23, 2019
Australians love our brands – Mainland, Perfect Italiano and Western Star – and it’s not just us saying it, they’re the most popular in their categories.
April 17, 2019
As one of Australia’s biggest dairy food companies, we recognise the important role we play in reducing the amount of waste our country sends to landfill.
March 27, 2019
A year is a long time in dairy. This time last year, we were in the midst of high milk growth, coming off the back of an exceptionally good season.
March 12, 2019
Darren Wilkinson, or ‘Dazza’ as our people of Fonterra’s Cobden site know him, has been a butter maker for 20 years. He’s no ordinary butter maker though, he’s a champion butter maker – and it’s not just us saying that, it’s been confirmed – nine times over in fact!
For the 20th-year, 32 apprentice chefs from all over Australia have participated in a truly life-changing experience – Fonterra’s Proud to be a Chef mentoring program.
March 06, 2019
A new ultra-light tanker will soon join the Bostock Creek CFA’s fire-fighting fleet, thanks to a contribution from Fonterra and a grant from the Victorian Government.
February 28, 2019
On Saturday, our Cobden site played host to around 100 kids as it opened its doors to the families of our staff.
February 20, 2019
Western Star, Australia’s favourite butter, has been judged Australia’s Champion Butter for a seventh time at the Dairy Australia Grand Dairy Awards 2019 – an awards program that recognises the ‘best of the best’ dairy produce made from Australian milk.
February 05, 2019
Workplaces can be bustling places at the best of times, but Fonterra Australia’s Corporate Centre took it to a new level recently with 75 kids descending on the office for the first official Bring Your Kids to Work Day.
February 04, 2019
Diversity might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of truck drivers, however our Tasmanian Farm Milk Collection team is shaking up the traditional image of its drivers with a crew that comes from all walks of life.
December 03, 2018
When we combine 11 years, 2.5 million kilos of dairy food and our Co-operative spirit – we can help combat hunger in Australia and reduce food waste.
October 26, 2018
Young minds in West Gippsland will be nurtured for generations to come, thanks to the donation of more than 100 children’s books from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.
October 24, 2018
Eight cuddly koalas currently recovering from illness willsoon have new homes, thanks to the Fonterra Stanhope team.
October 11, 2018
When most people think about dairy, their first thought may be that it is a source of calcium, and that it’s good for strong bones.
September 05, 2018
In remnants of ancient rainforest near Darnum, where magnificent Mountain Ash trees tower above fern gullies and streams and lyrebirds roam, what lies beneath the earth is quite incredible.
August 29, 2018
In today’s marketplace, it’s important to listen to the consumer. Holding the number one position in butter and spreads, and having made a tough decision to divest our yoghurts and dairy desserts business, we know this better than most.
Fonterra’s growing Stanhope cheese plant has just reached another key milestone this month. Large pieces of cheese making equipment recently arrived at site and were put into place by a nearly 200-strong team of contractors.
August 22, 2018
Our Proud to Be a Chef program is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and culinary apprentices from all over Australia will once again have the chance to participate in a life-changing experience.
August 20, 2018
These are the most important tech trends shaping agriculture, both today and into the future.
August 06, 2018
Leon McLaren has seen it all during his 30-plus-year career as a Farm Milk Collection Operator.
July 25, 2018
We live in a world of unlimited possibilities – for people, our business, and our country. But this world of change is a challenge too.
July 09, 2018
An international carbon fee based on fossil fuel emissions is ‘crucial but not enough’ to reduce global warming according to James Hansen, the NASA scientist who first raised concerns 30 years ago.
July 04, 2018
Fonterra staff traded spreadsheets for spatulas, heading into the kitchen to bake treats for 60 family members staying at Ronald McDonald House in Parkville, Victoria, while their children undergo life-saving treatment.
May 30, 2018
Fonterra Australia has taken home 48 gongs from the 2018 Dairy Industry Association of Australia (DIAA) Australian and Victorian Dairy Product Awards at an awards ceremony held in Melbourne on Friday night.
May 15, 2018
The youth of the 1st Drouin Scouts will be sleeping under the stars as they learn essential life skills with the support of the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.
April 17, 2018
From surf life saving clubs to primary schools, from scout groups to sporting clubs, and even the local fire brigade, the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund has given a raft of Tasmanian community initiatives a helping hand this year.
April 05, 2018
The true devastation caused by the fires in southwest Victoria is only just becoming apparent now all bushfires are under control, although peat fires continue to affect the wider community closing the local retirement home and schools.
March 07, 2018
Twenty years after quality Tasmanian dairy product first rolled off the line, Fonterra’s Spreyton site has celebrated two decades of operation.
October 04, 2017
Fonterra has opened the doors of its newly rebuilt cheese plant to bring the community inside, as part of a legendairy Community Open Day held yesterday.
September 18, 2017
The community of Stanhope can see their legacy in town after an enormous photo mural has been unveiled on the northern wall of Fonterra’s new cheese plant as final touches are made to prepare for the site’s official opening and community celebrations.
August 08, 2017
This week marks twenty years since Fonterra’s Darnum plant first fired up its milk dryers for production.
July 20, 2017
The Cobden Primary School now have the blocks to build bright futures, after receiving a grant from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.
March 14, 2017
Teaching kids about healthy lifestyles and sustainable practices just got a whole lot easier for Kyabram and Girgarre Preschool, who have just received a grant from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.
February 27, 2017
Fonterra Australia is on a mission to collect thousands of photographs in the next three months to create a massive photo mosaic wall mural at the entrance to its new Stanhope cheese plant designed to “wear our pride on our side”.
February 03, 2017
Santa Claus got a head start on his deliveries this year, stopping by South West Healthcare’s Warrnambool Base Hospital to deliver gifts and Christmas cheer.
December 14, 2016
The Devonport Little Athletics Club is reminding other community groups in the area to take the opportunity to apply for Fonterra’s Grass Roots Fund by 16th December.
November 30, 2016
The Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club is reminding other community groups in the area to take the opportunity to apply for Fonterra’s Grass Roots Fund by 16th December.
Fonterra’s Western Star salted butter has been selected as a finalist in the butter category of the 2017 Australian Grand Dairy Award, and is the running to be named Champion butter.
November 24, 2016
Around 65 Cobden Primary School kids donned on their safety glasses and high vis vests this month, for a tour of our Cobden factory – the home of Western Star.