Milk nutrition for a modern world

Our Process

Our integrated supply chain means we can provide an exceptional and consistently high standard of product. We offer our customers great flexibility to produce nutritional formulations, functional dairy ingredients and special milks. Our state-of-the-art nutritional facility gives us the ability to tailor-make nutritional formulas to specific customer requirements. Through feeding and breeding technologies, we can differentiate products at the point of production to allow crucial traceability of ingredients. Our people have world-class expertise and know-how that make all of this possible.

Our Value Chain

Our Value Chain

Differentiated Milk Supply

Our differentiated milk supply is what sets Synlait apart and enables us to manufacture specialty products with a higher value. Special milk programmes require farmers to add value for our customers behind the farm gate, such as a1 protein-free, Grass Fed, and Lead With Pride™. We recognise this value by paying premiums on top of our base milk price.

Research and Category Development

To become the world’s most innovative and trusted dairy company, we have identified opportunities to unlock further potential from our manufacturing process. The establishment of our research and development centre in Palmerston North alongside Massey University and FoodPILOT is one. We have also invested in category management capability at Synlait Dunsandel to support increased business development in existing and new categories.

Manufacturing Excellence

Synlait Dunsandel processes more than 700 million litres of milk each year. It is capable of processing 4.2 million litres of raw milk per day, from which up to 440 metric tonnes of milk powder can be produced. We have three leading-edge milk powder dryers and a purpose-built infant formula facility – the largest and most sophisticated in the Southern Hemisphere. We are currently building a second similar site in Pokeno.

Consumer Packaging

We operate a state-of-the-art facility in Dunsandel that produces 120 cans of infant formula a minute, and is operational 24/7. We have second consumer packaging facility in Auckland, built to the same high specifications with the same processing capability. Both locations give us a packaging capacity of 64,000 MT.

Quality Testing and Laboratory

As well as having a dedicated chemistry laboratory, a microbiology laboratory and in-process laboratories inside each dryer, we complete most of our product testing requirements on-site. Our own laboratory gives us greater control and visibility around our products and we benefit from having substantial technical competence on-site.

Regulatory Capability

We have a strong regulatory team at Synlait, which includes dedicated staff at our office in Shanghai. This team is currently working through the Chinese infant formula regulations, to register all of our brands with the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR). We aim to get registration for the Munchkin Grass Fed™ product with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Our Certifications

China Dairy HACCP certification

Synlait Dunsandel

Synlait Auckland

Our Categories

Infant Nutrition

The right nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life has a profound life-long impact, providing the essential building blocks for brain development, healthy growth and a strong immune system.

As a leading manufacturer of infant formula products, we take our responsibility seriously. We are a member of the Infant Nutrition Council and as such we champion the World Health Organisation’s guidelines. These state ‘breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.’ However, for those who cannot breastfeed we want to provide the best nutritional alternative we can.

Our purpose-built infant formula facilities make us the largest infant nutrition manufacturer in the Southern Hemisphere. Our sites engage the best in modern manufacturing technology, are highly automated and are operated by teams of world-class experts.

We offer complete supply chain integrity at every step of the process from raw milk through to consumer-packaged products. Throughout this unbroken chain we take a no compromise approach to product quality and consumer safety with dedicated in-house laboratory and international regulatory expertise.

We work closely with our customers to produce consumer-ready infant powders, in addition to infant grade base powders, infant grade ingredients and specialised ingredients such as lactoferrin.

Adult Nutrition

Nutrition plays a key role throughout our lives, from fuelling our physical activity through to meeting the specific supportive requirements to enable healthy ageing.

Our expertise in nutritional dairy formulations combined with our highly regulated manufacturing environment allow us to create products that will deliver true health benefits for all stages of life.

Our team of food technologists and production experts work closely with our customers to produce consumer-ready powders, ready-to-drink beverages and bulk base powder offerings that meet international market specifications.

Everyday Dairy

Dairy products are packed with nutritional value and are a healthy addition to a balanced diet.

Our highly automated modern manufacturing facilities can produce ready to drink milk beverages, drinking yoghurts, cream and cheese products for export and domestic consumption.

Our team of food technologists and production experts work closely with our customers to create products to their specifications.

As a business headquartered in the South Island of New Zealand, we are proud that our milk will be used in private label milk and cream products for Foodstuffs South Island.


Our modern manufacturing facilities can produce a wide range of standard and specialised dairy ingredients.

Our milk powders are manufactured to suit different functional specifications, with varying heat treatments, instantising and UHT grade. We also produce anhydrous milk fat (AMF) made from fresh pasteurised cream that is ideal for foodservice applications.

Our infant grade range is available as skim milk powders or as fully formulated base powders designed specifically for dry blend manufacturing environments. In addition, we also manufacture specialised nutritional ingredients such as lactoferrin which is ideal infant formula applications.

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