12 March 2020

Synlait to acquire neighbouring Dunsandel farmland

Synlait Milk Limited (Synlait) is to acquire farmland adjacent to its Dunsandel facility for $25.7 million.
Collectively, the farmland forms a 582-hectare unit.

The land enables Synlait to pursue several strategic supply chain and sustainability initiatives that support
Dunsandel’s long-term operation and expansion. These include:
• greater control over water rights. The land will provide Synlait with certainty over access to water
and disposal of its factory processing water;
• developing a rail siding adjoining Dry Store 4. Synlait will advance commercial terms now the land
has been secured. The rail siding creates supply chain efficiencies identified as part of the Dry
Store 4 warehouse project. On completion, containerised goods will be transported by rail between
Dunsandel and Lyttelton, significantly reducing Synlait’s environmental footprint by removing
approximately 16,000 truck movements annually; and
• opportunities to evaluate and trial sustainable farming practices and carry out on-farm research.
This supports Synlait’s 10-year sustainability targets, which include a commitment to evolve best
practice farming in New Zealand through the company’s Lead With Pride programme.

Synlait CEO Leon Clement commented: “Our purpose at Synlait is doing milk differently for a healthier
world and this land provides a unique opportunity to pursue on-farm sustainability initiatives and reduce
our environmental footprint whilst creating further supply chain efficiencies in our business. We’re excited
about this opportunity and look forward to updating you on our plans as they progress.”

Synlait has received Overseas Investment Office consent for the acquisition.

Synlait uses cookies to ensure that you get the best possible experience on our website. Learn More