Chinese Premier visits Fonterra’s headquarters in Auckland


As part of an official visit to New Zealand, Premier Li Qiang visited the Fonterra Centre in Auckland accompanied by New Zealand Prime Minister, Christopher Luxon and other officials.

Speaking at the event, Fonterra’s CEO Miles Hurrell says Fonterra has built a strong relationship with its partners in China over the years.

“China’s economic growth has gone hand in hand with increasing demand for our high-quality dairy ingredients and growth of our Foodservice business in China,” says Hurrell.

“Underpinning Fonterra and our customers' shared successes is the strong relationship between our two countries.”

During the event, Fonterra showcased the Co-op’s business in China with a range of its Foodservice and Ingredients products on display.

Hurrell says Fonterra continues to invest in innovation in China’s dairy sector.

“We have five Fonterra application centres in China, helping to develop new dairy products and supporting our customers adapt to market trends.”

The Co-op will open its sixth application centre in Wuhan this year.

“Our application centres play a pivotal role in driving innovation and tailoring Fonterra’s Foodservice offerings to the tastes, culture and trends of the area in which they’re located,” says Hurrell.

The application centres include different spaces and equipment to enable technical experts and experienced chefs to test and develop new products, often in collaboration with customers.