29 April 2013
Innovative Dairy Companies Form Partnership to Boost Exports
Two of New Zealand’s most innovative dairy companies are forming a partnership to boost exports to one of the world’s
fastest growing consumer markets.
Synlait Milk will next month despatch the first consignment of a2® Platinum™ infant formula destined for mothers and
infants in China. a2 milk™ contains only the A2 version of the beta casein protein which is more comparable to protein
that mothers naturally produce than other versions of the beta casein protein found in standard milk.
Synlait Milk will be processing a2 milk™ from 10 suppliers from August this year and will further expand production to
meet the requirements of A2 Corporation when a2® Platinum™ infant formula becomes available to mothers in New Zealand
and Australia later this year.
Synlait Milk General Manager Nutritionals Tony McKenna says that on current projections a2 milk™ from certified herds
will grow to be 8 per cent of the Company’s supply.
“Synlait is unique in the way our supply base is structured to deliver the right type of milk to meet specialised
demand. Our plant is also unique in that we can keep specialised milks separate and process each run to meet the
exacting specifications for high value end products.”
“Integrity is in the makeup of every Synlait Milk product. It’s a core value we share with A2 Corporation whose business
is founded on delivering the healthiest and best tasting milk and dairy products particularly for those consumers who
have digestive discomfort issues with ordinary milk.”
“Integrity begins with our suppliers and is marked by excellence all the way through to the delivery of products to our
customers. Our suppliers are some of New Zealand’s best. They are progressive and innovative in their approach with
modern large scale farms that allow them to easily isolate and segregate a2® herds. We expect many of our suppliers to
achieve the internationally accredited ISO 65 certification through our Lead with Pride programme which hallmarks
excellence and sustainability throughout all aspects of their operations. Those suppliers will be the first in
Australasia to gain ISO 65 accreditation.”
A2 and Synlait have been working together for 18 months on the production of a2® Platinum™ infant formula and other a2®
A2 Corporation Chief Executive Officer Geoff Babidge says Synlait’s commitment to excellence and supply chain integrity
were important foundation stones for the partnership.
“In Synlait Milk, A2 has a supplier able to meet the exacting specifications for a2® Platinum™ infant formula and other
a2® milk powders and with a supply base that is able to grow to meet the demand for a2® dairy products. There will be
benefits for the suppliers and stakeholders of both our companies as consumers come to appreciate the easy digestibility
and health benefits of a2® dairy products.”