Oceania Dairy

Meeting international demand for healthy food products

Oceania Dairy's purpose

We aim to provide an internationally recognized & respected source of highly valued dairy nutrition that nourishes people for a better, healthy life. This aligns directly with our parent Yili Group’s goal to be the most reliable healthy food provider in the world by 2030. In 2020 Yili achieved its intermediate goal of being ranked in the top five within the global dairy industry. Through dedication to quality of milk, quality of production and food safety, Yili moved up three places from 8th in 2019 to 5th in 2020. All this is underpinned by Yili’s core values of excellence, accountability, innovation, respect, and win-win.


Being part of a global dairy community

Oceania Dairy now sits alongside a range of collaborative organizations within the Yili family.  These include a Research and Development centre at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, a research centre at Lincoln University, acquisition of Thailand’s largest ice cream manufacturer Chomthana Co Ltd, a cooperative agreement with Conaprole, the largest dairy company in Uruguay, and the recent purchase of New Zealand’s second largest dairy producer Westland Milk Products which includes shares in the Pure Nutrition infant formula plant in Rolleston, again reinforcing Yili’s close ties with the Oceania region.

Our milk suppliers

Local suppliers can now enjoy the long-term support of a significant international dairy company.  They have the security of knowing they are contributing to a high-quality product being provided to a substantial and progressive end user client.

That in turn provides suppliers with security and confidence to invest in their businesses. It also means significant investment in the local community with over $650 million spent on development of the Glenavy site to date. Recent investments include two new production lines in 2019 and a new laboratory completed in 2020. These investments have resulted in staff numbers exceeding 350 permanents staff and continued support from our long-term contractor partners.

The future

Oceania Dairy is positioned to capitalize on a number of factors that provide confidence to both its owners and supply farmers, and will result in increased profitability for farmers and owners alike:

  • The global demand for milk products is rapidly growing
  • New Zealand has established itself as a leader in producing milk from renewable pastures with low impact on the environment, and processing this into value-add products
  • The high concentration of existing dairy farms within a 50 km radius of the Oceania site provides significant efficiencies for Oceania’s processing facility
  • The potential for new dairy conversions and new irrigation schemes in South Canterbury and North Otago will result in increased milk supply in these regions
  • The local economy is strong, with a growing population and enviable lifestyle options
  • Oceania is already recognized as an employer of choice in the region and takes active steps to maintain its favorable reputation.
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Post address

  • PO Box 891
  • Timaru 7940
  • New Zealand

Oceania Dairy Limited

Cnr Cooneys Road & State Highway 1

South Canterbury 7980
New Zealand

+64 - 03 686 6403
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