Australian company to bring fresh milk to Fiji

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 27th July 2016

MilkASX-listed dairy company, Australian Natural Proteins, is partnering with a Fijian family to start producing fresh, organic milk in Fiji.

All milk currently sold in Fiji is Ultra Heat Treated (UHT) long-life milk, but this venture intends to change this.

The company is investing in a Fijian farm and processing plant, and has entered into a binding heads of Agreement with the Anthony Family who have over 50 years of experience in the dairy industry in Fiji.

Initial investment in the venture will include purchasing a 1, 000-acre organic farm and building an initial herd of 500 cows to produce 2.5 million litres of milk. The company says there is potential to increase production up to 5 million litres in 3 years.

“Following the completion of the planned acquisition of our Australian dairy facilities, Australian Natural Proteins, will combine their expertise in farming and production with the Anthony family’s expertise in order to embark on this exciting opportunity to expand its business into Fiji,” said Paul Duckett, the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Natural Proteins.

Potential to create premium product

Fiji’s 900, 000 population is currently supplied UHT milk through the farmer co-operative, FCDCL and imported UHT milk. Prices currently range from AUD $1.80 per litre to AUD $2.40 per litre. Australian Natural Proteins says it believes it will be able to charge a premium for its fresh product and accordingly it will be able to generate a “very sizeable profit” each year in a short amount of time.

Australian Natural Proteins recently also acquired five dairy farms in Australia.

Fiji demographics

Fiji also has a large population of ethnic Indian or sub-content heritage. The diets of these communities (both Hindu and Muslim) include strong dairy components.