Olam International Limited (“Olam’’), a leading agri-business operating across the value chain in 65 countries, announced today that its wholly owned dairy farming subsidiary New Zealand Farming Systems Uruguay (“NZFSU”) will be investing US$80.0 million to establish a new dairy processing facility in San José, Uruguay, accessible to its farms.
The project enables Olam to fully integrate its dairy supply chain and realise the full potential of NZFSU’s dairy farming operation by leveraging its global trading and distribution network. The greenfield dairy processing facility will initially have a capacity to process 600,000 litres per day, going up to one million litres of milk per day – the level of milk production that NZFSU dairy farms are expected to reach at steady state.
The facility will produce a combination of dairy products, including whole milk powder, skim milk powder and butter, which will be exported to key markets where Olam currently supplies to, including China, Russia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa, as well as neighbouring countries, such as Brazil, Paraguay and Venezuela.
Approximately US$5.0 million of the investment will be allocated for the purchase of a 94.0% stake in BG Industria Láctea S.A., a company based in Uruguay, in order to acquire the land, licences and permits required for the construction of the plant. The dairy processing plant is expected to commence operations in 2017.