Heritage

Tatua's heritage dates back more than 100 years to 1914, when a group of settlers got together to form a dairy company, and build a cheese factory, on the present site at Tatuanui, in the Waikato region of New Zealand.

From inception, through two world wars and a great depression, Tatua has maintained a strong sense of independence and a rich grounding in innovation throughout its history. Following is a brief timeline of Tatua's heritage focusing on some highlights and major events.

 

1910 1920
1914
the beginning

Formation of The Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company Limited with 10 farmer shareholders.

1915
growth

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

1919
spirit of independence

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

1910 1920 1930
Motor-trucks for milk transportation
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1921
expansion

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

1922
electricity

Electricity installed in the factory.

1923
international marketing

NZ Dairy Control Board created to market dairy products internationally.

1926
new transportation

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

1920 1930 1940
Horse and Cart outside Tatua Factory
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1930
more co-operatives

More than 400 dairy co-operatives in New Zealand.

1933
milk grading

Introduction of compulsory milk grading at Tatua.

1936
government marketing

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

1930 1940 1950
1941
increased cheese demands

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

1946
end of an era

Last cheese made at Tatua.

1948
factory expansion

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

1940 1950 1960

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1953
milk tankers

 Milk collection by tankers began.

1950 1960 1970
1960
caseinate development

Caseinate developed at Tatua by Dairy Research Institute and Tatua research & development department.

1964
investment

Casein factory built.

1965
expansion

New spray dryer installed.

1960 1970 1980

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1975
aerosol cream

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

1979
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.

1970 1980 1990
Tatua Factory Sketch 1981
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1983
product extensions

Variety of caseinates developed and produced for export customers.

1980 1990 2000
1990
computerisation

Fully computerised factory and butter making plant built.

1991
lactoferrin

Lactoferrin development and manufacture began.

1993
further investment

New dryer installed.

1996
WPC

Whey Protein Concentrate plant installed.

Only 12 co-operative dairy companies remain in New Zealand.

1990 2000 2010
Anhydrous Milk Fat Warehouse
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2001
deregulation

After decades of mergers and acquisitions there were 4 major dairy co-operatives remaining in New Zealand.

Deregulation of the New Zealand dairy industry where the two largest co-operatives merged with the New Zealand Dairy Board to form Fonterra. Tatua shareholders voted to remain an independent co-operative.

2003
flavour ingredients

Flavour Ingredients business launched.

2004
expansion

Sales office in Tokyo, Japan established.

Bionutrients business launched.

2005
AMF

Anhydrous Milk Fat plant installed.

2000 2010
New Foods building exterior
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2010
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 12kms of the factory.

 

2012
factory expansion

Building of new foods plant completed in 2012.

2014
centennial year

Tatua reached 100 years old in 2014

New D3 dryer project starts. Completion due in mid 2015.