ofi outlines sustainability focus at new Tokoroa plant

New Zealand

 

  • Plant construction on track as new senior team member joins in key sustainability role.

 

ofi (olam food ingredients) today announced a range of actions to support its sustainability goals across its New Zealand operations, including building its sustainability team and enhancing a sustainably minded approach at its plant.

 

Plant construction is progressing well, and the plant remains on track for opening at the start of the 2023 season.  

“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Warren Landles as Sustainability Manager for ofi New Zealand. Warren will be leading our sustainability initiatives on-farm and in our operations as well. We are delighted to have someone with his depth of experience join our team,” said Paul Rennie, Operations Director, ofi New Zealand.

 

Mr Landles joins ofi from Miraka, where he held senior sustainability and on-farm excellence roles. He brings a wealth of international experience in farming and sustainability to ofi.

 

“At a global level, ofi works to a comprehensive sustainability framework that is aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Global Compact. Technology plays a key role in ofi’s global approach, and the same will apply here in New Zealand, where we are adopting technology that helps us minimize our environmental impact.

 

“All aspects of our new plant are being designed to maximize renewable energy use, minimise pollution and water use and ensure waste is handled in the most sustainable way possible. One of the key commitments is that we will operate a biomass boiler that will be fueled with sustainably sourced wood fiber. This will help us ensure our milk processing is energy efficient and low impact,” he said.

 

On farm, Landles said the focus will be supporting existing efforts and partnering with ofi farmers to help them achieve their goals under He Waka Eke Noa, the industry blueprint for reducing emissions and building resilience to climate change.

 

“At a farm level, one of our focus areas is methane, so we are looking at tools and technologies that can support farmers to achieve meaningful on-farm emission reductions through methane mitigation. We will also help them with riparian planting by providing cost-price native plants that we will grow in a nursery facility on site, using treated wastewater from our milk processing operations in the nursery,” Mr Landles said.


ofi is also exploring ways to repurpose ash waste from the wood fiber burning process in commercial compost.

 

“We’re pleased to see our plans coming to life as the plant construction progresses and we are looking forward to playing a constructive role in the New Zealand dairy sector’s sustainability journey in the future,” Mr Rennie said.

Notes to Editors

 

  • ofi’s new Tokoroa plant is being developed in stages, starting with a spray dryer with a capacity of one million litres of milk per day, capable of producing more than 45,000 tonnes of milk powder annually.
  • When fully operational, the new plant is expected to generate 50 to 60 full time jobs, with more anticipated in the future.
  • Located at 90-100 Browning Street, Tokoroa, the 11.8-hectare greenfield site is in a prime position to maximise the use of biomass materials, being close to some of New Zealand’s largest forestry operations.
  • A second phase of construction will see more facilities added in time to meet growing demand for high-quality New Zealand dairy products from ofi’s global customers and to expand the range of products manufactured.
  • Milk powder from the Waikato will form part of ofi’s wider natural ingredients portfolio which includes cocoa, coffee, nuts and spices.These ingredients are ideal combinations with dairy for customised products such as yogurts, protein bars, ready-to-drink tea, coffee and cocoa beverages and for adding to desserts, bakery, beverages and confectionery.
  • Farmers interested in finding out more about becoming an ofi milk supply partner, including dairy farmers looking to supply winter milk or considering a system change to winter milk can email: dairy@ofi.com or visit www.ofi.com/locations/asia-pacific/new-zealand.html for more details.
  • ofi's approach to sustainability is based on its comprehensive Sustainability Framework aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Global Compact.

About ofi

 

ofi (olam food ingredients) is a new operating group born out of Olam International. ofi offers sustainable, natural, value-added food products and ingredients so that consumers can enjoy the healthy and indulgent products they love. It consists of industry-leading businesses of cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts, and spices. ofi has built a unique global value chain presence including its own farming operations, farm-gate origination, and manufacturing facilities. ofi partners with customers, leveraging its complementary and differentiated portfolio of ‘on-trend’ food products, to co-create solutions that anticipate and meet changing consumer preferences as demand increases for healthier food that’s traceable and sustainable.

 

More information on ofi can be found at www.ofi.com. Follow @ofi-group on LinkedIn.

 

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About Olam Group

 

Olam Group is a leading food and agri-business supplying food, ingredients, feed and fibre to 20,900 customers worldwide. Our value chain spans over 60 countries and includes farming, processing and distribution operations, as well as a global network of farmers. Through our purpose to ‘Re-imagine Global Agriculture and Food Systems’, Olam Group aims to address the many challenges involved in meeting the needs of a growing global population, while achieving positive impact for farming communities, our planet and all our stakeholders. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, Olam Group currently ranks among the top 30 largest primary listed companies in terms of market capitalisation on SGX-ST. Since June 2020, Olam Group has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series, a global sustainable investment index series developed by FTSE Russell, following a rigorous assessment of Olam’s supply chain activities, impact on the environment and governance transparency. The FTSE4Good Index Series identifies companies that demonstrate strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices and is used by a variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds.

 

More information on Olam can be found at www.olamgroup.com. Follow @olam.

 

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Contacts for ofi corporate communications

Nikki Barber

Head of Communications, ofi

nikki.barber@ofi.com

+44 7568 108555

 

Zoe Maddison

Communications manager, ofi

zoe.maddison@ofi.com

+44 7825 904234

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