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The new generation of Waikato dairy is here

A fresh alternative for New Zealand’s dairy farmers

ofi is a global leader in providing sustainable, natural, value-added food and beverage ingredients and solutions to thousands of customers worldwide. We are moving forward with exciting plans to directly invest in our own dairy processing facility at Tokoroa, New Zealand.


ofi operates in 48 countries and connects millions of farmer producers to over 8,000 customers globally.

ofi has enjoyed a long and successful history in New Zealand, through our previous investment in Open Country Dairy. There is strong and growing demand from our global customers for high quality, New Zealand-made dairy products.


We are one of the world’s top suppliers of dairy ingredients. Our Tokoroa plant will become part of a global network that spans 20 major milk consumption markets, such as South-East Asia, China, the Middle East, and Africa.

Growing in the heart of South Waikato

The first stage of the new investment will be a spray dryer facility, capable of producing high-value milk powder ingredient products. Additional facilities will be added over time to expand a product range targeting key customer applications in desserts, bakery, beverages, and confectionery categories.


We are excited to take this important step, and look forward to making a strong, sustainable contribution to Tokoroa and the New Zealand dairy industry.

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Press Release Nov 16, 2023

ofi expands manufacturing capacity with opening of new dairy facility in New Zealand

ofi (olam food ingredients), a global leader in naturally good food and beverage ingredients, is celebrating the official opening of the first phase of its new, state-of-the-art dairy processing plant located in the dairy heartland of New Zealand – the Waikato region in the north island of the country. The facility will produce dairy ingredients like whole milk powder to meet growing demand, targeting key customer applications in dessert, bakery, beverage, and confectionery categories.


Sandeep Jain, Managing Director and CEO, Dairy, at ofi commented: “As we continue to expand our dairy manufacturing capabilities and innovation infrastructure, the new Tokoroa plant will become part of a global network that spans major milk consumption markets, such as South-East Asia, China, the Middle East, and Africa. The new plant also complements a suite of enhancements made to ofi’s dairy production facility and Ingredient Excellence Centre (IEC) in Johor, Malaysia back in September – which combined with our Customer Solutions Center based in Singapore, enables us to co-create bespoke food and beverage solutions for our customers. Our dairy business is well positioned to serve increased demand from our global customer base and co-create innovative applications at scale – driving additional focus on the value-added capabilities within our portfolio.”


The Tokoroa dairy ingredients forms part of ofi's much wider natural ingredients portfolio which includes cocoa, coffee, nuts and spices, ideal combinations with dairy for customized products such as yogurts, protein bars and ready-to-drink tea, coffee and cocoa beverages. The new facility also complements ofi’s existing global footprint, driving stronger partnerships with its customers and strengthening its co-creation capabilities across the region.

The next stage of investment will see further capability added to the facility to develop high value dairy ingredients, expanding the range of ofi’s offering. It will also enable ofi to look at ways to grow the value of its milk, generating better returns for its farmer partners while delivering on its ambition to produce ingredients in a way that is socially responsible and environmentally sustainable. 

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