Media Article: NZ PM John Key officially opens GMP’s advanced new dairy processing facility

Prime Minister John Key Opens New Zealand’s Advanced New Infant Dairy Formula Facility to Supply Global Demand

After over 12 months preparation, New Zealand’s most advanced pharmaceutical grade infant dairy formula production facility opens to supply soaring demand overseas.

The new facility was officially open by Prime Minister John Key on Friday 29th July 2012 and addresses a rapid increase in global demand and a shortage of high quality wet dairy infant formula products. By the end of 2012 it expects to annually produce over 20 million cans of infant formula for the export market.

Building a facility that provides pharmaceutical standard dairy formulas on a scale large enough to meet international demand was not easy. It required over a year’s planning and a large investment in infrastructure, experience and technology. GMP pharmaceuticals already New Zealand largest pharmaceutical manufacturing and testing facility specializing in health supplements, was in a good position to meet the significant logistical requirements.

Although many associate the increase in demand for value added dairy products exclusively with infant formulas, functional protein dairy powders continues to be a growth market. These are used worldwide for everything from hospital meals to professional athletes.

The facility’s potential has already caught the attention of the government with a recent report released by the Ministry of Economic Development finding significant opportunities for growth in the value added export food market.

Minesh Patel, General Manager of GMP New Zealand says, “Although many countries are catching up, New Zealand occupies a unique position on the international stage. People trust the New Zealand brand and know we produce.