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Rewarding diversity at Fonterra's Research and Development Centre 

Inclusivity and Innovation key to success. With more than 40 different ethnicities across a team of nearly 400 and 14 different languages spoken by our leaders across site alone, our team at the FRDC truly is a culturally diverse bunch.

December 11, 2020


Replacing the paper trail - the evolution of global trade

There’s one word that Clyde Fletcher uses to sum up his 36 years running Fonterra’s Documentation Centre (FDC). “Collaboration. If everyone collaborated for the greater good, we’d all get what we want!”

November 13, 2020


Exploring consumer trends in China

Our quest to keep up with the fast-paced consumer market in China has received a boost, with the opening of our refurbished innovation centre in Shanghai, dedicated to developing innovative products suited to the Chinese market.

September 02, 2020


Reducing emissions with the help of seaweed

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

New Zealand

Kowbucha - Methane buster

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

New Zealand’s first carbonzero milk

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

New Zealand

Hemp success at Darfield farm

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


A right turn down the path to a Queen’s Birthday Honour!

When Fonterra Chief Science & Technology Officer, Dr Jeremy Hill heard the news he was being recognised on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, he didn’t quite believe it.

June 04, 2020


Fonterra employee named New Zealand’s 2020 Champion Cheesemaker

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May 08, 2020