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Fonterra Launches GOS Ingredient for Global Infant Formula Market


30th November: Fonterra today announced that commercial samples of NZMP Galacto-Oligosaccharides (GOS) will be available early in the new year.

Fonterra’s new partnership with leading UK dairy company, Dairy Crest, means it can now offer the specialty paediatric ingredient to food manufacturers globally.

NZMP GOS will give infant formula manufacturers the ability to offer additional consumer benefits. GOS is known to support digestive comfort [1] and improve mineral absorption [2].

It’s anticipated that European and Chinese infant formula manufacturers will be among the first to start using NZMP GOS.

Fonterra Regional Director Ingredients Europe Middle East/Africa Han Huistra says this innovative ingredient is an extension of the NZMP specialty ingredients portfolio for infant nutrition.

“Combined with Fonterra’s expertise in paediatric nutrition, the ever growing portfolio of NZMP ingredients gives manufacturers even more flexibility to fine tune their products.”

Mr Huistra says adding GOS to the NZMP portfolio means customers can benefit from Fonterra’s size, scale and ability to supply globally.

“We are delighted to add this important ingredient to our portfolio of specialised NZMP ingredient offerings. A new facility brings the very real advantages of being able to capitalise on latest control systems and equipment to consistently produce high quality products. What makes this exciting is that traceability and supply versatility have also been designed as key traits for this business launch,” says Mr Huistra.

Dairy Crest Managing Director Functional Ingredients Richard Jones says: “By leveraging our expertise in the manufacture of dairy products, and Fonterra’s global reach and supply capabilities, we are delighted to successfully deliver high quality nutritional products to meet growing market demands. It is a testament to the strong Fonterra-Dairy Crest partnership and our ability to meet the desire globally for quality nutrition.”

Once production is running at full scale, Dairy Crest will manufacture 10,000 MT of GOS annually and the product will be marketed and sold under the NZMP brand utilising Fonterra’s global distribution network.

NZMP GOS will be produced at Dairy Crest’s Davidstow facility in Cornwall, United Kingdom. Dairy Crest has invested £20 million to set up a purpose-built, state-of-the-art ingredients facility to produce GOS.

“The heritage of excellence in dairy and quality manufacture makes Dairy Crest’s GOS facility investment a natural fit for Fonterra and our dairy ingredients brand, NZMP” says Mr Huistra.

[1] Ashley, C. et al., 2012 Nutrition Journal 11, 38
[2] Chonan, O and Watanuki, M., 1996. International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research 66(3), 244-249.

About GOS:
Galacto-Oligosaccharides (GOS) are food ingredients with prebiotic properties, widely recognised to be bifidogenic, and to promote the growth of a host of beneficial gut bacteria in babies.

GOS is derived from bovine milk, and recognised by many as a closer match to Human Milk Oligosaccharides compared to plant derived alternates. It is therefore the preferred pre-biotic for many infant formula brand owners.

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For further information contact:
Christine Reilly, Hotwire PR on behalf of Fonterra
phone: +44 (0)207 608 2500

Rob Lilly, Fonterra
+1 847-928-7480 or

Fonterra 24-hour media line
Phone: +64 21 507 072

About Fonterra
Fonterra is a global leader in dairy nutrition – the preferred supplier of dairy ingredients to many of the world’s leading food companies. It is also a market leader with its own consumer dairy brands in New Zealand and Australia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Fonterra is a farmer-owned co-operative and the largest processor of milk in the world. It is one of the world’s largest investors in dairy research and innovation drawing on generations of dairy expertise to produce more than two million tonnes of dairy ingredients, value added dairy ingredients, specialty ingredients and consumer products for 140 markets.

About NZMP
NZMP is the dairy ingredients brand of Fonterra. Trusted globally, NZMP ingredients are sold in more than 100 countries and can be found at the heart of some of the world’s most famous food and nutrition brands. NZMP has the broadest range of ingredients in the dairy industry, providing hundreds of solutions to meet the needs of customers every day.

Backed by Fonterra’s global market expertise, world-class processing and leading quality standards, NZMP ingredients deliver real market advantage, trusted for their high performance and exceptional quality.

About Dairy Crest
Dairy Crest, home of the “Cathedral City” brand (no 1 UK consumer cheese brand) are the UK’s leading producer of quality cheese and whey. Their recent investment now aligns whey from their integrated milk pool into high quality infant formula ingredients. Together with technology partner Fayrefield, Dairy Crest is also leveraging their site manufacturing excellence to produce GOS.