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  1. 1910 Our story began in 1914. A group of settlers formed a dairy company and built a cheese factory at Tatuanui, Waikato, New Zealand. Since then, we’ve maintained a strong sense of independence and a rich grounding in innovation. Here are a few highlights from our history.

  2. 1914

    THE BEGINNING

    Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company Limited formed with 10 farmer shareholders.

  3. 1913

    GROWTH

    Within one year the co-operative had grown to 29 farmer shareholders.

  4. SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE

    Shareholders first voted to remain independent following dairy company amalgamations to form the New Zealand Co-operative Dairy Company.

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    EXPANSION

    Factory expanded to cater for increased milk supply from 88 farmer shareholders.

  6. ELECTRICITY

    Electricity installed in the factory.

  7. INTERNATIONAL MARKETING

    NZ Dairy Control Board created to market dairy products internationally.

  8. 1926-

    NEW TRANSPORTATION

    Farmers started using motor-trucks to transport milk to the factory replacing the horse and cart method.

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    MORE CO-OPERATIVES

    There were now more than 400 dairy co-operatives in New Zealand.

  10. MILK GRADING

    Introduction of compulsory milk grading at Tatua.

  11. GOVERNMENT MARKETING

    The government took over marketing of all butter and cheese and instituted annual guaranteed price, announced at start of each season.

  12. INCREASED CHEESE DEMANDS

    To provide cheese for England’s increased demands, Tatua moved to two shifts a day to temporarily process extra milk from outside suppliers.

  13. END OF AN ERA

    Last cheese made at Tatua.

  14. FACTORY EXPANSION

    New boiler and three roller dryers installed to dry milk powder.

  15. MILK TANKERS

    Milk collection by tankers began.

  16. 1957

    CASEINATE DEVELOPMENT

    Caseinate developed at Tatua by Dairy Research Institute and Tatua Research and Development department.

  17. 1916

    INVESTMENT

    Casein factory built.

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    EXPANSION

    New spray dryer installed.

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    AEROSOL CREAM

    Start of four years’ research and development to develop Dairy Whip Whipped Cream in a can.

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    UHT LIQUID CHEESE

    Introduction of Ultra Heat Treatment processing allowed Tatua to develop UHT Liquid Cheese. First commercial sales of Dairy Whip were made. Consumer Products and Foodservice business launched.

  21. PRODUCT EXTENSIONS

    Variety of caseinates developed and produced for export customers.

  22. 1981

    COMPUTERISATION

    Fully computerised factory and butter making plant built.

  23. 1991

    LACTOFERRIN

    Lactoferrin development and manufacture began.

  24. FURTHER INVESTMENT

    New dryer built.

  25. WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE

    Whey Protein Concentrate plant installed. Only 12 co-operative dairy companies remain in New Zealand.

  26. DEREGULATION

    After decades of mergers and acquisitions there were four major dairy co-operatives remaining in New Zealand. Deregulation of the New Zealand dairy industry saw the two largest co-operatives merged with the New Zealand Dairy Board to form Fonterra. Tatua shareholders voted to remain an independent co-operative.

  27. FLAVOUR INGREDIENTS

    Flavour Ingredients business launched.

  28. EXPANSION

    Sales office in Tokyo, Japan established. Bionutrients business launched.

  29. ANHYDROUS MILK FAT

    Anhydrous Milk Fat plant installed.

  30. INDEPENDENCE CONTINUES

    Tatua remains the oldest dairy company in New Zealand that hasn’t been part of a merger or acquisition. Farmer shareholders total 111 and all farms located within 12 kilometres of the factory.

  31. FACTORY EXPANSION

    Building of new foods plant completed in 2012.

  32. centennial-2014

    CENTENNIAL YEAR

    Tatua marks 100 years old. New D3 dryer project built.

  33. TOWARDS THE FUTURE

    Sales offices in Pennsylvania, USA and Shanghai, China established.