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1814

British missionary Samuel Marsden brings first cows to New Zealand.

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1845

A consignment of cheese from Banks Peninsula to Sydney is New Zealand’s first dairy export.

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1871

New Zealand’s first Co-operative, the Otago Peninsula Cheese Factory, was formed.

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1882

New Zealand’s first refrigerated ship, the Dunedin, carries a consignment of milk and butter to the UK.

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1883

New Zealand’s first cream separator enables the separation of skim milk from cream.

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1886

Anchor brand born when Henry Reynolds opens butter factory in Waikato.

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1890s

Mechanical milking machines introduced.

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1904

First milk powder produced.

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1923

Dairy Export Control Board formed.

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1927

NZ Dairy Research Institute (NZDRI) founded.

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1930s

Introduced national milk standard/grading.

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1939

NZDRI develops single starter strains for cheese making.

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1941

World first technology extends the shelf life of Anhydrous Milk Fat (AMF) allowing cream-based food to be shipped to troops during World War II.

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1944

Identified the potential of milk by-products, such as skim milk powder. Previously the focus was on cheese and butter, with skim milk only used as animal feed.

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1950s

First trials of reconstituting milk from skim milk powder and cream or unsalted butter.

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1951

Whole milk collections by tanker begin.

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1952

Waikato farmer Ron Sharp invents herringbone milking shed.

1955

Introduced cooling of milk on-farm.

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1958

Development of Cheddarmaster system – enables first full-scale automation of the cheese making process.

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1963

Cheddarmaster system commercialised.

1965

NZDRI moves from Massey University to current site.

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1969

Taranaki farmer Merv Hicks invents rotary milking shed.

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1970

Anchor’s spreadable butter developed - a world first.

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1970's

World’s first Whey Protein Concentrate (WPC) is developed and commercialised – delivers a high concentration of whey protein in powder form.

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1982

Developed functional uses of whey protein and Casein powder – used in baking, meat products and confectionary.

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1991

Launched Anchor spreadable butter in the UK.

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1991

Launched Anlene calcium-fortified products for bone nutrition.

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1998

Technology developed to make Milk Protein Concentrates (MPC) soluble – valuable for medical nutrition.

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2000's

Developed ‘instant cheese’ technology and probiotics – thousands of good bacteria identified and stored, including probiotic bacteria that can improve immune and other health functions.

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2001

Fonterra Co-op formed from a merger of two major dairy co-ops, Kiwi Co-operative Dairies and New Zealand Dairy Group, with the New Zealand Dairy Board.

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2002

NZDRI renamed Fonterra Research Centre.

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2006

Fonterra and Dutch dairy co-op FrieslandCampina establish DFE Pharma, the world’s largest producer of pharmaceutical lactose, used in medical tablets/capsules and dry powder asthma inhalers.

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2008

Launched IQF mozzarella – production time reduced from 3 months to 6 hours.

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2009

Launched NZMP ClearProtein product – whey protein ingredient specifically designed for sports beverages.

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2011

Fonterra Research Centre renamed Fonterra Research & Development Centre.

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2012

Anchor launches zero lactose milk in New Zealand.

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2015

‘Milk Fingerprinting’ technology developed. – high speed diagnostic test that analyses milk composition and can help determine which product the milk is best suited for.

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2017

Launched NZMP SureProtein Fast Milk Protein – a fast-digesting milk protein concentrate that quickly provides muscles with essential amino acids.

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2017

NZMP Low Lactose Instant Whole Milk Powder launched.

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