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Our Nutrition

We’re focused on providing healthy and responsible products to people around the world to help address public health challenges, improve access to adequate nutrition and contribute positively to the wellbeing of individuals.

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Improving the nutritional profile of our consumer products.

We continue to improve the nutritional benefits of our products including minimising the addition of added sugars and refined carbohydrates.


Investment in innovation.

The Fonterra Research and Development Centre (FRDC) is one of the largest of its kind in the world, with over 300 scientific and technical experts. Itʼs here that we invest most in innovation, driving scientifically supported benefits from dairy to meet the nutritional needs and expectations of society.


Established new dedicated medical nutrition division.

We've established a new division to focus on dairy nutrition solutions for people recovering from disease and illness at all stages of life, or who want to take preventative actions to help them live longer and healthier lives. 


Developing affordable nutrition.

We have recognised the opportunity to create value by helping to fight malnutrition through targeted new products that nourish families living on less than US$10 a day.


Investigating complementary nutrition.

To help meet the world’s increasing need for food, especially protein, we believe a sustainable diet will involve a combination of traditional and alternative nutritional sources.


Supporting action on health.

This year, we continued to improve the formulation of our everyday products in New Zealand, rolling out Health Star Ratings on a further 46% of our applicable products (achieving a total of 93%) and continuing to deliver our in-school nutrition programmes.


Trust in Source.

We are working towards all our manufacturing facilities being independently certified to benchmark quality standards by 2019.


Product traceability.

We have been investing significantly to integrate our systems and enhance our electronic capabilities around traceability. This now allows us to very efficiently track batches of product, the ingredients that went into them and the primary packaging, from the raw milk we collect and process right through to the consumer.


In-school Nutrition

Fonterra Milk for Schools.

Fonterra’s Milk for Schools initiative is helping more than 140,000 school kids aged 5-11 get access to nutritious milk every day.


KickStart Breakfast.

A nutritious breakfast and a nurturing environment can help kids achieve their potential.

Trusted Goodness.


Grass and Pasture-Fed Standard.

Our Grass and Pasture-Fed Standard is third-party verified and requires:

  • a minimum annual average of 80% grass feeding 
  • a minimum of 90% time on pasture. 


Non-GMO Project Standard.

This year, a further 19 products were verified for Non-GMO Project manufacture, taking the total to 37 ingredient products sold under our NZMP brand into the North American market.


Cared for Cows Standard.

This year, we launched our Cared for Cows Standard. While we already had high standards of animal health and welfare, by having independent certification against this standard we will be able to reinforce the good work done by our farmers.

Fonterra’s contribution to the SDGs from a nutrition perspective

 Zero hunger

  • Provide access to safe, affordable nutrition (2.1)
  • Address malnutrition through products tailored to specific health needs (2.2)
  • Lift dairy productivity to meet growing nutritional needs (2.4)

Good health and well-being

  • Responsibly provide products to support wellbeing of mothers and infants (3.1 and 3.2)
  • Promote healthy and informed consumer choices (3.4)
  • Continue to improve the nutritional profile of our products. (3.4)

View the full Sustainability Report 2018

The report was prepared using the internationally recognised Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards and has been independently assured.