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More than 100 years ago, Fonterra’s Waitoa site had New Zealand’s largest fleet of electric milk trucks. Fast-forward to 2022, the site has welcomed New Zealand’s first modern electric milk tanker.
November 25, 2022
Mohi Beckham is going back to his roots using the Maramataka, the Māori lunar calendar, to make positive changes to the way he farms.
June 23, 2022
2022 has been another impressive year for Fonterra farmers in the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards. All four of the main awards went to farmers supplying the Co-op or working on farms that do, with all four winners hailing from Canterbury.
May 16, 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
Today is World Water Day, a day that highlights the importance of fresh water and the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This year’s theme, Groundwater – making the invisible visible, is a significant focus for the Co-op in achieving our sustainability targets.
March 22, 2022
Hot on the heels of winning the ‘Sustainability Innovation Award’ at Food Ingredients Europe 2021, NZMP’s Organic Butter - carbonzero™ certified has won the ‘Most Innovative Dairy Product Award’ at the Gulfood Innovation Awards 2022.
February 21, 2022
The range of carbonzero Simply Milk is expanding to include a 3-litre bottle size following the success of the inaugural 2-litre bottles.
February 15, 2022
A new project supported by Fonterra’s Living Water Partnership with the Department of Conservation will help on-farm advisors grow their understanding of biodiversity, with a view to further building biodiversity objectives into Farm Environment Plans.
January 17, 2022
Fonterra’s reaching new sustainability and safety heights by the way it’s saving tanker tyres. By changing the way it monitors tyre tread wear, for greater optimisation, 2,900 tyres have been saved over the course of one year.
December 06, 2021
Fancy your latte or flat white from a source that produces less waste and is better for the environment?
November 30, 2021
Fonterra’s Amsterdam based Trade Strategy and Stakeholder Affairs Manager, Mark Casey, recently attended COP26 – the annual United Nations Convention on Climate in Glasgow. Here are his thoughts on this globally significant event and what it means for the Co-op.
November 26, 2021
We’re proud to be helping to protect rare long-tailed bats (pekapeka) which are roosting in trees on one of our Co-op-owned farms in Waikato.
October 28, 2021
Diversity is a very important part of Fonterra and we’re always on the look-out for more women to get behind the wheel of our tankers
October 14, 2021
We’ve recently reached the milestone of nine years since we started working with the Department of Conservation (DOC) through the Living Water partnership, which helps us identify and trial game-changing and scalable solutions that show dairying and freshwater can thrive together. While we’ve already made some incredible gains, there are more to come.
October 04, 2021
Our Maungatūroto site has been using nature to reduce its water usage by up to 25%.
September 06, 2021
Solving the challenge of plastics and recycling requires a multi-pronged approach and our Sustainability team recently partnered with the Soft Plastics Recycling scheme.
September 01, 2021
The Co-op is changing the way it’s supporting working parents by expanding parental leave benefits for New Zealand-based employees.
July 30, 2021
As the Co-op works to support the good work in sustainability that’s happening on its dairy farms, it’s upping the ante on its fleet of electric vehicles (EVs).
July 28, 2021
Our Anchor Food Professionals (AFP) foodservice business in New Zealand has teamed up with Eat New Zealand to showcase its dairy expertise and hero products.
July 27, 2021
We’re proud to have partnered with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to support Kāpiti Island’s first translocation of threatened kōkako in nearly two decades.
July 16, 2021
A study between Fonterra, Beca, Firstgas Group and EECA has found using organic waste is a viable, untapped solution to provide an alternative to New Zealand’s current residential gas supplies, with the potential to replace nearly 20% of the country’s total gas usage by 2050.
July 07, 2021
As a Co-op we’ve committed to 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging by 2025 and that means we’re always searching for methods to reduce waste.
June 29, 2021
Fonterra farmers impressed at the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, winning all four 2021 main titles up for grabs, plus an NZDIA Lifetime Achievement Award.
May 24, 2021
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Or in the case of this Hakataramea Valley farm, if it ain’t broke - think bigger and think differently.
May 17, 2021
A profitable dairy farm doesn't have to come at the cost of the environment, say South Taranaki dairy farmers Jane and Damian Roper.
May 03, 2021
The battle of Fonterra’s new milk tanker trailers has begun.
Three prototypes are being tested on our roads season to see which one performs best. While two of the trailers were designed and built by transport engineering companies, the third is the brainchild of one of the Co-operative’s own tanker operators, Bill Groves.
April 07, 2021
North America is the first region to open up access to carbonzero certified NZMP™ Organic Butter.
March 05, 2021
A new analysis released today confirms New Zealand dairy farms have the lowest carbon footprint in the world.
January 27, 2021
Fonterra farmer-owners Tony and Fran Allcock have set up New Zealand’s very first “mootel”, saying it not only helps the environment, but it’s also kept their cows happy and business healthy.
December 15, 2020
Fonterra and Nestlé are teaming up with DairyNZ to expand a promising plantain trial to help improve waterways and reduce on-farm greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
December 14, 2020
Fonterra partnered with Visy, Auckland Council, and Astron to install new optical sorters which use light and near-infrared technology to read the reflective signal from each object.
December 08, 2020
In the seven years that Fonterra and the Department of Conservation (DOC) have been working together through Living Water, important advancements have been made to help regenerate New Zealand’s precious natural resources.
December 01, 2020
Fonterra’s Health and Wellbeing team have proven they’re industry-leading, winning the WorkSafe New Zealand best initiative to address a work-related health risk at the New Zealand Workplace Health and Safety Awards.
November 18, 2020
“We wanted to improve the farm and do our bit for the environment” is Manawatu farmer Grant Bell’s response when he’s asked why he converted 4ha of his property into an impressive wetland.
November 02, 2020
It might be whitebait season right now but a community in Northland is more set on making new homes for the silvery-white fish than catching them.
October 13, 2020
They’re hot off the press and intended to help take the heat out of climate change.
Anchor has added to its Blue range, with a new 2L bottle made from sugarcane. Why sugarcane? Because it’s natural, renewable and sustainably-sourced.
October 12, 2020
We’re switching to solar power at sites across the globe to further reduce our footprint and stay at the forefront of low-emissions food production.
October 08, 2020
It’s full steam ahead on wood pellets as our Te Awamutu site takes the next step in its transition away from coal.
September 16, 2020
Fonterra has recently signed up as a foundation donor partner to the newly created New Zealand Food Network.
September 14, 2020
As parts of New Zealand still face a long recovery from a severe drought, it’s important now more than ever to stay focussed on our water goals.
August 26, 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
Could cows be their own methane solution? It’s the million-dollar question for New Zealand’s largest industry: how can we stop cows from burping?
July 21, 2020
New Zealand’s first carbonzero milk, Simply Milk, hits supermarket shelves this week, meaning Kiwis can now enjoy their milk and have the satisfaction of helping the environment.
July 14, 2020
How our Te Awamutu team is doing its bit to save fuel, money and the environment.
July 08, 2020
It remains one of the world's most controversial (and misunderstood) plants, but hemp has not only proven itself as a versatile natural fibre to make a wide range of products, from shoes, clothing, to paper, it’s now revealed itself as the perfect crop for Fonterra.
July 02, 2020
COVID-19 has had a massive impact on our everyday lives. What’s also really interesting is how it’s shaping how we think about our weekly shop.
July 01, 2020
Following a comprehensive study into using electricity to replace coal at its Stirling site in Southland, the Co-operative has found wood biomass to be a more viable option.
Sustainability is a term that’s frequently used in and around our Co-op. We talk about helping our suppliers to farm sustainably, securing a sustainable milk supply, supporting sustainable communities and catchments and ensuring our products and packaging are sustainably produced and used.
June 25, 2020
Addressing climate change is one of the most challenging global issues facing the dairy industry, and it’s a key focus for Fonterra.
June 17, 2020
Ngāi Tahu Farm Manager Ash-Leigh Campbell has been named as the recipient of the 2020 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year award.
May 07, 2020
Last year we introduced a new purpose and a new strategy. Since then we’ve made changes to how we’re organised and moved from two big global businesses to three regional, customer-led businesses.
February 21, 2020
72% of New Zealanders are concerned about the build-up of packaging waste in our environment. That’s why making our packaging more sustainable is one of our priorities.
February 20, 2020
Christmas Day 2019 won’t be one that the family of dairy farming stalwart Tony Wilding will forget in a hurry.
February 13, 2020
Sustainability is trending among consumers - and for good reason.
February 12, 2020
Trish Rankin, the 2019 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year, attended last month’s Harvard Business School’s Agribusiness Seminar in Boston.
February 10, 2020
When the great great grandfather of Wairarapa dairy farmer Jason Christensen came to New Zealand he wouldn’t have imagined that 140 years later his family would still own and operate a farm he built from the ground up.
January 22, 2020
New Zealand’s dairy industry are grappling with huge challenges around sustainability
January 03, 2020
It's that time of year when we take a look back at the highlights that helped make 2019 what it was before turning the page to 2020.
December 27, 2019
One year on, Rob Fenwick, Chair of our inaugural Sustainability Advisory Panel, reflects on the sustainability challenges facing the Co-op and how the panel is advising the Co-op’s roadmap towards a sustainable future.
November 27, 2019
We’re offering schools a chance to ditch plastic single-use straws to help the environment.
November 19, 2019
A healthy environment is essential if we are to continue meeting our customers’ expectations and getting the most value from our milk.
November 07, 2019
We care about water. That’s why we’re helping regenerate New Zealand's waterways.
August 23, 2019
Fonterra is backing dairy farmers to continue improving freshwater quality while asking the Government to reconsider some of its proposals.
Because what gets measured, gets managed
July 31, 2019
We have a role to play in being part of the solution.
The saying many hands make light work rung true when 60 volunteers recently gathered at a farm in the Bay of Plenty to plant 3000 trees.
July 22, 2019
Fonterra’s Director of Sustainability Carolyn Mortland looks at finding a diet that’s good for you and good for the planet.
June 10, 2019
World Environment Day is a chance to highlight the state our environment is in and the critical work that’s needed to make sure it thrives.
June 05, 2019
To solve some of dairy farming’s biggest sustainability challenges.
May 30, 2019
Taranaki farmers Damian and Jane Roper were announced as the winners of the 2019 Fonterra Responsible Dairying Awards on May 11, receiving the newly created John Wilson Memorial Trophy.
May 13, 2019
Taranaki farmer, teacher and staunch environmentalist Trish Rankin has been announced as the 2019 Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year.
May 02, 2019
Reducing emissions is not a nice to have, it’s a must do. But what will it take to transition?
May 01, 2019
They may be tiny, slimy and reclusive, but the Canterbury mudfish are well worth protecting.
March 22, 2019
Fonterra is a finalist in the prestigious CR Reporting Awards 2019, which recognise the very best in corporate reporting worldwide.
March 15, 2019
Fonterra’s Waikato and Bay of Plenty tankers are now all up and running on biodiesel thanks to Z Energy.
March 05, 2019
To reduce pallet waste, Fonterra’s National Pallet Manager Lawrence Hooker has been working with supplier Timpack to redesign Fonterra’s pallets.
February 14, 2019
New Zealand has the target of being carbon neutral by 2050 – just over 30 years away.
January 23, 2019
CAREX’s Catherine Febria and Kristy Hogsden reflect on the amazing successes the partnership has created over the past four years to improve the nation’s waterways and what’s ahead.
January 09, 2019
New Zealand produces enough food for 50 million people. Pretty impressive for a country of 4.7 million. But with 9 billion mouths to feed by 2050, the world needs to produce more nutrition – 30% more.
December 05, 2018
Fonterra’s Director of Sustainability, Carolyn Mortland, talks about the circular economy approach and how Fonterra is looking at ways to adopt this model.
November 21, 2018
Brian and Pirkko Gallagher are passionate about sustainable farming. Not because they have to be – because they want to be and know it’s the right thing to do.
November 16, 2018
Enhancing the production and productivity of New Zealand’s primary sector, while maintaining and improving the quality of the country’s land and water for future generations. That’s the mission of the ‘Our Land and Water’ National Science Challenge.
November 14, 2018
On November 11th, 16 Fonterra farms all across New Zealand had more than 8,400 visitors who wanted to learn about how farmers work and how they care for their animals.
November 13, 2018
Moo2Shampoo has proven what can be done when Kiwi businesses are bold.
November 07, 2018
For many, agriculture and its emissions are an easy target in the debate about how the country can meet its obligations to the Paris Agreement. Agriculture is New Zealand’s biggest emitter but it’s important to separate fact from fiction in understanding the role livestock play and what can be done about it to help the country reach its goals.
October 30, 2018
It’s a beautiful thing when farmers and the community come together and join forces to restore a local jewel of the environment, providing a home for hundreds of native plants and threatened wildlife.
October 26, 2018
When you talk to Matamata dairy farmers Rod and Sandra McKinnon about environmental sustainability it’s easy to understand why the couple won the 2017/18 Waikato Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
October 18, 2018
Twenty-one farms left reeling after the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake have recently been kitted out with some new technology - part of a programme designed to get their farms back to the same, if not better, state than they were before the big shake.
September 10, 2018
This week is World Water Week and 3,000 decision-makers, scientists and experts from over 130 countries are converging on Stockholm, Sweden to develop plans to preserve this precious natural resource.
August 31, 2018
Want to understand the different greenhouse gases? Fonterra have taken a deeper look at how each should be treated. Discover more with our research.
August 24, 2018
Keith Woodford explains why methane and carbon dioxide should be treated separately rather than being put together in a single emissions trading scheme.
Utilising the genes of animals that produce less nitrogen could provide farmers with a breakthrough in managing on-farm greenhouse gas emissions. Two research projects are currently looking to see if there’s a link between the nitrogen content of milk and animal emissions and whether it’s possible to identify and then replicate genes in animals that might control how much nitrogen an animal gives off.
August 21, 2018
This month, Fonterra marks the one-year anniversary of TIAKI – our sustainable dairying programme that helps farmers make their operations more environmentally compliant. In doing so we will also celebrate more than 1,000 Fonterra farmers who now have a tailored improvement plan to help address environmental risks on-farm. Achieving this wasn’t easy and while a significant amount of progress was made pre-Tiaki it often felt like we were trying push a rock uphill. We knew there had to be a better way.
August 20, 2018
In Global Operations, the part of Fonterra I’m responsible for, our milk tankers travel over 100 million km per year, collect milk from a farm every nine seconds, deliver that milk to a factory every 24 seconds and we close the doors on a shipping container of product every three minutes. Product that goes to millions of consumers in more than 100 countries around the world.
August 16, 2018
Take a look at Fonterra’s Climate Change 101 infographic to help get a better understanding on the on-going changes to our climate.
August 14, 2018
Scientific research shows water quality in Taranaki is improving in record setting leaps and bounds. Find out how the Taranaki Regional Council is working with farmers to continue these impressive water quality trends.
August 01, 2018
We have measured greenhouse gas emissions on 100 farms across New Zealand for two years. Find out how Fonterra is using this to combat climate change.
July 20, 2018
Agriculture plays an important role in tackling climate change. Find out how Fonterra has the opportunity to help New Zealand meet its Paris commitments.
July 16, 2018
Director of Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Melissa Clark-Reynolds explains why she thinks this is a myth.
July 05, 2018
James Hansen, who was the first man to raise concerns about global warming, is telling us we need to do more to tackle the issue. Find out more.
July 04, 2018
Living Water is designed to come up with solutions for farmers, communities, freshwater and ecosystems. Read more about Fonterra's innovative initiative.
Find out why rural economist Nathan Penny believes that the Emissions Trading Scheme hides an opportunity for dairy farmers.
July 03, 2018
Jonathon Porritt says he noticed a big difference in the approach to climate change among New Zealanders. Find out why Fonterra is committed to the cause.
July 02, 2018
Research results confirm that seaweed reduces or even prevents methane emissions from dairy cows. Meet the scientists who are leading this research.
“Most folks don't understand soil and its potential as a carbon sink.” Find out how Jeff Creque believes agriculture is key in combatting climate change.
June 29, 2018
How much water is too much or not enough? Find out how Fonterra is using innovative technology to farm for the future by finding the irrigation sweet spot.
June 28, 2018
Wetlands play an important role in creating healthy and biodiverse habitats. Commonly described as the ‘kidneys of the earth – they help protect and improve water quality by filtering nutrients and waste, provide fish and wildlife habitats, while also helping to store water in times of flooding and maintaining surface water flow during dry periods.
May 24, 2018
Climate change ambassadors to work within their local communities to help farmers better understand the challenge of climate change.
May 17, 2018
Fonterra farmers have a long history of success in the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards and that tradition continued at the 2018 national finals on May 12. Check out the 2018 Award Winners.
May 15, 2018
Fonterra is partnering with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to make an industry-first move and convert the coal boiler at its Brightwater site so that it can be co-fired with wood biomass.
May 02, 2018
New data indicates that the on-going work by farmers to protect our waterways is beginning to show. Over 98% of all significant waterways have been fenced and 95% of our farmers completed nitrogen management reports. Read more details and watch a TV1 news story with Our Stories.
April 17, 2018
Caring for the environment isn’t something that can be done independently – nutrition, the community and the environment are all interlinked.
April 11, 2018
The Tiaki Sustainable Dairying Programme helps farmers stay ahead of expectations and requirements while increasing standards for customer and the dairy market. Read more about Tiaki on our website.
January 25, 2018
Forming partnerships with community groups and schools is an essential part of Fonterra’s efforts to protect and improve New Zealand’s environment.
November 29, 2017
Our farmers are doing valuable work to help improve the environment. This year, a few of them were recognised for their achievements at the Southland Community Environment Awards. Read more about their work on our website.
November 27, 2017
Volunteers from Fonterra and other environmental initiatives descended on the Ashburton Hakatere River Trail to help plant around 500 trees along the riverbank.
November 22, 2017
Fonterra announced their plan to improve waterway quality throughout New Zealand. Learn more about the six strategies they plan on implementing to promote sustainable farming efforts and promote river and stream health.
November 16, 2017
In a place just outside of Hobbiton, there are grassy mounds that are being used for a different purpose than to house hobbits.
October 27, 2017
A 25-strong team of staff from Fonterra, Canterbury Waterway Rehabilitation Experiment (CAREX), Department of Conservation, Selwyn District Council, Environment Canterbury (ECan) and Wai-ora Forest Landscapes recently pitched in to help one of our Fonterra farmers plant around 400 plants along a spring on his farm.
Over the past few years Fonterra dairy farmer Stu Muir has been restoring the once stagnant stream on the boundary of his Waikato farm to create 20 whitebait spawning ponds with grasses, flaxes, kahikatia, kowhai, mahoe and other wetland trees.
October 25, 2017
Finding the balance between making a profit and farming sustainably has always been at the forefront of Fonterra farmer Paul Warneford’s mind.
October 20, 2017
We recently caught up with the Fonterra sharemilker Nigel Gardiner whose on-farm sustainability work led to the discovery of endangered native mussels, or Kākahi, two years ago.
October 17, 2017
Sixty to seventy volunteers braved the wet weather last month in an effort to help maintain the environment of the spring which is part of the Waihou River and known to be one of New Zealand’s most pristine waterways.
October 05, 2017
Tyres, plastic bags and odd jandals were among the two truckloads of rubbish collected during a two hour clean up at Edgecumbe’s Thornton beach.
September 27, 2017
The spring sunshine shone in true Southland style as more than 300 people banded together to spruce up the Edendale and Wyndham communities.
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September 08, 2017
Fonterra's Maungaturoto manufacturing site in Northland, New Zealand has recently become home to a rare Australasian Bittern.
September 07, 2017
Learn more about the ways that Fonterra farms are using their skills and knowledge to lead at the forefront of sustainable farming techniques and innovative farming technology.
May 17, 2017
Jimmy Gerritsen recently invested in solar power to make his business friendlier to the environment. Find out how you could do the same.
May 03, 2017
Blending traditional practice with modern technology to farm sustainably.
May 02, 2017
Three Fonterra farming families are in the running to win the National Supreme title at the 2017 Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
May 01, 2017
Our Living Water partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC) is supporting NIWA and local hapū to further their understanding of healthy eel habitats on the Wairua River in Northland.
March 29, 2017
Two more kiwi have found a safe haven in Northland thanks,in part, to a group of Fonterra farmers and Fonterra’s Living Water partnership with the Department of Conservation.
March 08, 2017