Our Company

Who we are

We’re 1000 down-to-earth, authentic people working together with 280+ 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

George Adams


George Adams was appointed as a Independent Director on 21 March 2024, and was appointed Synlait Chair on 1 May 2024. George’s previous roles include Managing Director of Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand and Finance Director of British Telecom, Northern Ireland.

George is Chair of NZX-listed Bremworth Limited, Director of NZX-listed Arborgen, and Chair of the Business Leaders Health & Safety Forum. He was previously Chair of Bell Tea & Coffee, Chair of the New Zealand Grocery Council and Occupational Health and Safety Board and a Director of Hellers Group and Tegel Foods.

Grant Watson


Grant joined Synlait as CEO in January 2022. He was previously CEO of dairy company, Miraka. Prior to Miraka, Grant spent 10 years at Fonterra where he held several senior roles including Director of Global Foodservice, Managing Director of Tip Top, and Director of Route and Foodservice Fonterra Brands New Zealand. Prior to Fonterra, Grant built his executive career at McDonalds New Zealand to become Chief Operating Officer. He has also held several governance and directorship roles for private and publicly listed companies.

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

Seven locations throughout New Zealand

We have grown to operate across eight locations in New Zealand and China. Synlait Dunsandel is our homebase, our primary manufacturing facility and administration office. Synlait Auckland is our second blending and canning facility. Synlait Pokeno is our newest infant-capable site in the North Island. Synlait Palmerston North is our research and development centre based at Massey University. Synlait Christchurch is our satellite office for administration staff. Dairyworks is the newest member of the Synlait family based in Christchurch. Talbot Forest Cheese is our first cheese acquisition, based in Temuka, two hours south of Christchurch. Synlait China has teams in Shanghai and Beijing are focused on regulatory affairs, business development and sales.

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