The Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company

Tatua Dairy Factory workersThe Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company is the oldest independent dairy company in New Zealand. Tatua's heritage dates back more than 100 years to 1914, when a group of settlers got together to form a dairy company, and build a cheese factory on the present site at Tatuanui, Matamata-Piako. Today Tatua employs more than 370 staff and exports more than 94% of its products to more than 60 countries worldwide each year and has sales offices in Japan, USA and China.

Tatua generated group operating revenue of $335 million for the year ending 31 July 2017. A total of more than 200 million litres of milk is processed at Tatua each year. From this raw milk, Tatua manufactures a wide range of dairy ingredients, dairy flavour ingredients, specialty nutritional products, bionutrients and foodservice and consumer products.

“We are proud to be part of the Matamata-Piako community. We provide local employment for local people and work closely with Council and the community to form solid partnerships. We hold a range of resource consents including critical water take and storm water discharge consents and have found the District Council to be good partners and doing business in the district generally easy. The good roading links through the district and strong agricultural production around our factory means we can easily transport milk to our site and export our products to our key international markets. The Council has good infrastructure such as water and wastewater services that support our business and its ongoing growth.” Paul van Boheemen, Supplier Services Manager. 

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