Fonterra opens U.S. technical center

by Keith Nunes
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CHICAGO — Fonterra Co-operative Group, the New Zealand-based dairy processor, has opened a new research and development center in Chicago, near O’Hare International Airport. The $2.4 million facility is designed to provide customers with a hands-on experience in the making and tasting of dairy products and products that are manufactured using dairy ingredients.

"Our investment in the C.T.C. reinforces our commitment to the U.S. dairy industry and to innovation," said Martin Bates, president and chief operating officer of Fonterra USA. "Along with the move, earlier this year, of our corporate headquarters in Chicago, the C.T.C.’s location will allow more innovations to be tailored specifically to the needs of Fonterra’s customers operating within the U.S. and Canadian markets."

The C.T.C. features processing equipment, a sample analysis laboratory and an ingredient supply site, according to the company. The center also has a staff of 15.

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