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Goodman Fielder to invest $23.3m in Christchurch UHT milk plant

FBR Staff Writer Published 13 June 2014

Australasian food company Goodman Fielder will invest NZ$27m ($23.3m) to expand and upgrade its ultra heat treated (UHT) milk plant in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The move will enable the company to meet the increasing demand for dairy products across the Asia Pacific region.

As part of the investment, the plant will see the installation of a new pasteurizing, sterilizing and palletising line, as well as a new 250ml high speed filler.

The project is expected to increase the production capacity at the plant by approximately 32 million liters annually.

Works on the plant will be completed by the end of October 2015.

Goodman Fielder CEO Chris Delaney said that the company is seeing increasing demand for its Meadow Fresh products in Asia Pacific, particularly China.

"It is also very rewarding to be able to commit to a major investment at Meadow Fresh Christchurch given the impact that natural disasters have had on our site and our people over the last three years," added Delaney.