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May 20, 2019

Class is in session at Fonterra

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. 

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May 17, 2019

A farmer's pride as our dairy foods pick up over 50 awards

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.

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May 13, 2019

Local community groups get a leg-up thanks to the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund

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.

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May 09, 2019

Two of us - our mother and daughter dairy duo keeping it in the family

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

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April 23, 2019

Over 74,000 meals and nearly 900,000 serves of fresh milk

Last year, more than four million Australians experienced uncertainty around where their next meal was coming from.

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April 17, 2019

Winning in the popularity stakes

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. 

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March 27, 2019

Helping you reduce landfill – one plastic cheese wrapper at a time

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. 

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March 12, 2019

A day in the life of… Darren Wilkinson, Butter Maker

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!

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March 12, 2019

OPINION - How Australian dairy can thrive in the face of adversity

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. Confidence was high – certainly amongst processors – leading to investments in assets in dairy regions across Australia.

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Our videos

Doing our bit to combat food insecurity

When it’s perfectly edible and nutritious but can’t be sold, that’s where Foodbank Australia steps in. Over 11 years, we’ve donated 2.5 million kilos of dairy food to help put food on the table of those who need it most. Watch to find out just what kind of difference it can make.

Fonterra Grass Roots Fund – Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club

The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund has supported nearly 400 initiatives since 2011, including the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club, who received funding for vital emergency equipment

Fonterra Grass Roots Fund – Friends of Mt Worth

The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund has supported nearly 400 initiatives since 2011, including the Friends of Mount Worth State Park in Gippsland, who work with Park Rangers and hold regular working bees to keep walking tracks clear through the giant forest and fern gullies.

Stanhope Commissioning event

Two and a half years ago, a fire destroyed our Stanhope cheese plant in Northern Victoria. Today, we celebrate its rise from the ashes made possible by our people, 7,500 tonnes of concrete and over 330,000 man hours.

Western Star TVC

Western Star Butter television commercial.

Stanhope Community Day

We welcomed our 500 staff, farmers and local community to celebrate the Stanhope Community Open Day. Many even got the chance to take a sneak peek inside the new cheese plant!

Perfect Italiano TVC

Perfect Italiano television commercial.

First Milk flows at Stanhope

Stanhope’s new state-of-the-art cheese plant is a step closer to making cheese after the first milk flowed through the lines.

See who’s making cheese happen at Stanhope

As our new cheese plant in Stanhope gets closer to coming on line, energy levels are high as the team prepares to make mozzarella there for the first time.

Meet the makers at Stanhope

If you have ever wondered what’s involved in building a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art cheese-making facility, we’re really pleased to share the next stage of the Stanhope story with you.

The community making it happen

As the countdown begins to its commissioning in mid-2017, Fonterra Australia is celebrating the community that is helping to make it happen.

Stanhope cheese plant coming soon…

We’re on the home stretch to commissioning the Stanhope cheese plant, with excitement building ahead of the first product rolling off the line in mid-2017.

Western Star’s 90th Birthday Celebration – Thank You!

Australia’s favourite butter, Western Star has turned 90! We want to say thank you to generations of Australians for making 90 years possible.

Fonterra Proud to be a Chef Programme - 2018

At Fonterra, we believe in supporting the culinary leaders of tomorrow. Our Proud to be a Chef program helps create tomorrow’s culinary leaders through the recognition, professional development and ongoing support of today’s apprentices.

Fonterra Grass Roots Fund - The West Gippsland Libraries

We’re proud to be giving a helping hand to organisations that help create connected communities.