Our Company

Who we are

We’re 700 down-to-earth, authentic people working together with 200 milk suppliers to create the very best in milk nutrition for our global customers. Our disruptive, innovative spirit combined with resolute determination to do the right thing for
planet and people sets us apart.

Our People

Meet the team behind Synlait

Leon Clement


Leon joined Synlait in August 2018. He has led major businesses internationally, specifically in Vietnam and Sri Lanka, and has deep experience in the branded dairy sector. Most recently, Leon was the Managing Director of Fonterra Brands New Zealand and prior to that was Fonterra’s Managing Director of Sri Lanka and Indian Subcontinent

Graeme Milne


Graeme joined the Synlait Group as a director in 2006. With extensive experience, his career in the dairy industry has seen him working in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. He is the Chairman of Synlait Milk Limited and Synlait Milk Finance Limited.

Nigel Greenwood


Nigel has had extensive experience in finance, having held senior executive finance roles with various New Zealand companies. As CFO, Nigel is responsible for finance, funding and legal. Prior to joining Synlait in 2010, Nigel held CFO roles with Crane Distribution NZ Limited, Gough Group Limited and Lyttelton Port Company Limited.

Our Milk

Supplying Synlait

Synlait’s milk suppliers rank alongside our customers as our most important business partners. If you share our passion for dairy, commitment to quality and a desire to take your business to the next level, supplying Synlait is the right decision.

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Our History

Synlait was founded to ensure that global consumers were able to access some of the best that New Zealand dairying had to offer. It’s all about partnering people who are passionate about business excellence, integrity and quality of product, with top quality milk and farming practices. That’s where the name Synlait comes from – Synergy and Milk.

The beginning


Our first farm was purchased and the Synlait dream began. Robindale Farm quickly grew to a 3,000 cow dairy farm and remains Synlait’s largest supplying farm to this day.

Manufacturing starts


The first milk was processed on the 8 August 2008 in our brand new manufacturing plant.



We acquired the Auckland-based New Zealand Dairy Company in May 2017 and commissioned a second state-of-the-art blending and consumer packaging facility there in November.

Find Us

Six locations throughout New Zealand

Synlait began in Dunsandel, Canterbury, and now has additional locations in Auckland, Palmerston North, Pokeno, and a satellite office in Christchurch. Our cheese manufacturing facility, Talbot Forest Cheese, is based in Temuka.

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Who we support

Dunsandel / Irwell Rugby Football Club – We are proud to be the principal naming rights sponsor of our local rugby club and sports ground. Together we have been able to grow the number of teams playing in the men’s and ladies senior competition and raise the club’s profile to become a focal point of the local community.

We are currently establishing a social investment fund to support local initiatives aligned with our sustainability goals. Watch this space.

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