April 28, 2015
Opening of Yashili's dairy plant in New Zealand delayed
The official opening for Chinese dairy giant, Yashili's NZ$212 million (US$162.6 million) dairy plant in Pokeno, New Zealand, has been pushed back to October this year due to delays in getting approval from respective authorities.
The infant milk formula plant was expected to kick off production in February, but as China has recently revised its registration policy for imported milk powder, months of delay is expected as additional paper works are being done and reviewed. In addition, the various applications required in New Zealand are just as complex. For example, the plant's registration for canning and blending is expected to be approved in May earliest.
Meanwhile, the plant has undergone several substantial test runs. According to Yashili New Zealand managing director William Zhao, the commissioning process has been very successful, and they are looking to employ 130 staffs once the plant is in full operation.
Furthermore, the fully operational plant will be capable of producing 52,000 tonnes of infant milk powder annually, due to a 41-metre spray-dryer installed in the factory that is capable of processing 8.4 tonnes of milk powder every hour. All products produced are to be sold in China.