China’s Yili invests in New Zealand’s ‘largest overseas butter factory’
Yili Group has completed the refurbishment and upgrade of its New Zealand Westland Dairy Hokitika factory, including a new Westgold production line. Once operational, the investment will double Yili’s capacity at the site to 42,000 tonnes of grass-fed butter per year, making it not only the largest butter production facility on the west coast of New Zealand, but also the largest overseas dairy plant to be built by a Chinese dairy. band.
The launch of the new production line coincides with the third anniversary of Westland Dairy’s acquisition by Yili. The company said the move shows Westland Dairy has “opened a new chapter of development” with the “collaborative support” of the Yili Group.
The inauguration ceremony took place in the presence of the New Zealand Minister of Trade and Agriculture, Damien O’Connor.
Welcoming the investment, the Minister said: “Yili’s investment in building a new production line will further promote the development of the West Coast dairy industry and help New Zealand’s high-quality butter go global.
Drive global growth
Addressing the ceremony via a remote video link, Yili Group Chairman and Chairman Pan Gang said he planned to continue driving the international growth of New Zealand butter brand Muen. Butter.
“Since joining the Yili Group, Westland Dairy has gained more and more recognition from consumers. Going forward, Westland Dairy will create greater value for consumers, society and employees,”he commented.
The increased butter production capacity will mean that Muen Butter “is no longer just for master bakers”, but “will also come to the table of more ordinary consumers”, Yili added.
“With the support of Yili Group, the development of Westland Dairy has inspired every employee and partner, and we are full of confidence in the future development,”Yili Westland Dairy CEO Richard Wise said.
“The Hokitika factory has been renovated and modernized with world-class production equipment. At the same time, we will continue to carry on the traditional production process, so that Muen butter always represents the highest quality of New Zealand butter.