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The farmers owned dairy company Fonterra announced that its subsidiary Fonterra Australia has signed an agreement to purchase Dairy Country to expand its cheese business in Australia.

  • The acquisition will support Fonterra’s core strengths in Australian retail cheese category, where it holds a 23 per cent market share with key brands including Perfect Italiano™, Mainland™ and Bega™.
  • The acquisition, from food and beverage company Retail Food Group, includes Dairy Country’s processing and packing facilities at Campbellfield and Tullamarine in Victoria, along with related services, intellectual property and the trademark for the Dairy Country brand.

In September 2020, Fonterra has recently signed up as a foundation donor partner to the newly created New Zealand Food Network, a food charity that stores and re-distributes large volumes of surplus and donated food.

In January 2020, Fonterra had completed the sale of its 50% share of DFE Pharma to CVC Strategic Opportunities II. As previously announced in September 2019, this sale was subject to regulatory approvals from competition authorities and these have now all been received.

In September 2019, Fonterra had purchased the minority interest in Prolesur, held by Fundación Isabel Aninat (the Fundación), as the Co-op looks to streamline its operations in Chile. The Fundación hah sold its 13.6% shareholding for $29.3 million NZD, which takes Fonterra’s ownership of Prolesur from 86.2% to 99.9%.

•Prolesur is a milk processor in southern Chile which sells most of its production to Soprole. Soprole is a leading consumer branded dairy company in Chile and is 99.9% owned by Fonterra.

About Fonterra
Fonterra Cooperative Group, headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, is the world’s largest exporter of dairy products, and a leader in dairy science and innovation. The Cooperative Group is owned by more than 10,000 farmers. The company’s product is enjoyed by millions of people in more than 100 countries. The group portfolio of well-known brands includes Western Star, Perfect Italiano, Bega, Mainland and Australian Dairies.

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