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

Graeme Milne

Chairman

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.
Graeme was appointed CEO of Bay Milk Products in 1992, and has held several leadership roles since then, including as CEO of the New Zealand Dairy Group, prior to the formation of Fonterra, and interim CEO of Richmond Limited and Bonlac Limited in Australia.
Graeme holds several other governance roles with a range of organisations. He is the Chair of Terracare Fertilisers Ltd, PF Olsen Limited and PF Olsen Group Limited and of Advisory Boards for Pro-Form Ltd and Rimanui Farms Ltd. He is also a Director of Nyriad Limited, Alliance Group Ltd and New Zealand Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

John Penno

Acting CEO

John co-founded the Synlait Group in 2000 and was a full-time executive for the Synlait Group from 2006 to 2018. As CEO of Synlait, John was responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company and supporting management to perform against the strategy. As Managing Director, he contributed to the governance of Synlait. In November 2018 John was appointed as a Board Appointed Director of Synlait. John took on the role of Acting CEO in May 2021.

Rob Stowell

Acting CFO

Rob joined Synlait in 2007 and before moving into the Acting CFO role in May 2021 was responsible for managing and developing Synlait Milk’s supply chain activities from farmer to customer, plus oversight of the integrated business planning process (IBP). Having previously held senior roles within finance, information services, supply chain, business transformation and most recently leading the implementation of IBP, Rob has an intimate understanding of the Synlait business and dairy industry, and contributes over 20 years of experience across a variety of disciplines and industries to the Senior Leadership Team.

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

2000

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

2008

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

Expansion

2017

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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