Te Rapa’s official opening on April 20, 1968, was a milestone which represented the confidence the New Zealand Co-Operative Dairy Company (now Fonterra) had in the productive Waikato, it’s dairy farming community and its role in the national economy.
Brian was appointed the dispatch driver to assist the transport office, organising the largest milk tanker fleet.
Fast forward 50 years, Te Rapa’s dairy products have made a significant stamp on the 96 offshore markets it exports to. From the 1,000 local farmers, the site processes 7.5 million litres of milk a day in peak season - enough product to fill nearly 50 shipping containers per day.
The site has been an early adopter of new systems and a showcase for the milk powder industry. Throughout the early 2000’s, innovation and development became increasingly significant, with automation, robotics, and digital technology replacing valves, buttons and paperwork.
Lindsey Pijnenburg, Processing Advanced Operator, is in his 35th year and over that time has worked in several different roles.
An integral part of Fonterra’s commitment to feeding the world, Robert Spurway, Fonterra Chief Operating Officer Global Operations, says