As a global dairy co-operative, we believe we’re accountable for supporting the communities where we live, work and farm around the world.
Investing in local, sustainable solutions
In Sri Lanka, we're focusing on enriching livelihoods in dairying communities through sustainable long-term initiatives. This work is aligned to our purpose of creating a healthier and happier nation.
For 20 years we've been working to help uplift the local dairy industry and in 2014 launched our pioneering dairy develop programme. Through this programme, we have worked towards providing sustainable solutions covering local processing and infrastructure upgrades, farmer training and development and grass roots community initiatives.
Last year our efforts were nationally recognised at the Chamber of Commerce Best Corporate Citizen Awards.
Farm business management
We support Sri Lankan dairy farmers by sharing our international dairy expertise and providing them with training and education.
Our network of expert-trained Supplier Relationship Officers (SROs) are committed to working with our farmers to increase milk collection, improve milk quality and lift incomes.
Opened in February 2016, our Rs. 117 million demonstration and training farm is the first and only major private-sector funded training facility for dairy farming in Sri Lanka.
We have already trained over 5,000 farmers, university students and industry personnel. More than 500 industry leaders have visited, exchanged knowledge or attended training programmes here.
Milk collection and chilling
We have seven milk chilling centres around Sri Lanka, where we collect more than 35,000 litres of milk each day from a network of 4,000 local farmers.
Producing the highest quality products for our consumers here in Sri Lanka and around the world is a non-negotiable.
We have invested in enhancing the quality of local milk supply by equipping milk chilling centres around the country with milk-fingerprinting, an advanced technology for analysing milk composition.
Dairy processing infrastructure
Our liquid plant is Sri Lanka's largest and most sophisticated yoghurt processing facility.
Each day it turns 35,000 litres of locally-collected milk into fresh dairy products for our Anchor and Anchor Newdale brands, including UHT milk, flavoured milk, set yoghurt, stirred yoghurt and curd.
Sustainable community initiatives
The Fonterra Grass Roots Fund was set up in 2014 to support local dairy communities through investments in water and sanitation, community infrastructure and community engagement.
This is a unique programme made sustainable by true community ownership and our partnerships.
So far through the programme we have completed over 80 initiatives that have had a long-lasting positive impact, enriching the lives of more than 60,000 children, teachers, dairy farming families and community members.