June 12, 2023


Fonterra launches new nutrition science venture arm




Fonterra announced on June 9 a new corporate ventures arm to incubate, scale and invest in ventures in the area of nutrition science.


Fonterra chief executive Miles Hurrell said the dairy cooperative is committed to staying at the forefront of nutrition innovation and creating new value streams.


'When we released our long-term strategy in September 2021, we identified nutrition science solutions as an area with future growth potential,' Hurrell said. 'Nutrition science is a segment of the global health and wellness category that goes beyond everyday lifestyle and wellness products. Given our expertise in dairy science, we committed to exploring the potential for Fonterra to play more boldly in this space.


'We have developed a business case and agreed on a way forward, which includes establishing a corporate ventures arm with access to our dairy science and innovation expertise, combined with the agility of a startup.


'The business will incubate and scale a portfolio of disruptive ventures by developing solutions that combine science, nutrition and technology to make a real impact on human health.'


The business – provisionally named Nutrition Science Solutions (NSS) – will operate as a standalone business within Fonterra with its own board and CEO. It will target opportunities for value creation by adapting the cooperative's existing capabilities and assets, alongside new disruptive capabilities, through partnerships and mergers and acquisitions.


'NSS will seek out, partner with and invest in global startups who will benefit from access to Fonterra's dairy science expertise and understanding of the global market, while Fonterra will benefit from access to emerging technologies, advancements in science and novel channels to market,' said Hurrell. 'This is a new way of working for Fonterra, but one in which we see a lot of potential.'


- Fonterra

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