Fonterra Story

Sri Lanka's trusted source of Dairy Nutrition

Today, 760 billion litres of milk are produced globally each year. By 2023, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), global demand for milk will rise to 900 billion litres.

The reason for this is a growing global population expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. As a nutritious food, dairy has a big role to play in meeting these needs.

Milk is playing an increasingly important role in the diets of Sri Lankans, driven by local lifestyle and diet trends.

Increasingly, mothers are looking for convenient, nutritious, tasty options for themselves and their families, and dairy – which contains many essential vitamins and nutrients – is fast becoming the popular choice.

Fonterra is built on a rich heritage of dairy expertise and passion which is from generations of creating dairy products enjoyed by consumers around the world.




We’re a global dairy nutrition company, a cooperative owned by farmers. This co-operative approach underpins Fonterra’s values and mindset, and everything we do.

It’s in our nature to share, and with more than 35 years in Sri Lanka, Fonterra is focused on fuelling the health of Sri Lanka through dairy nutrition to complement the changing needs of our growing population.

We’re also focused on sharing our world class farming and dairy expertise with local farmers and thus, sharing the value created with their communities.

Fonterra in Sri Lanka

  • 1970s: New Zealand Dairy Group begins selling bulk dairy ingredients to Sri Lankan companies
  • 1975: Anchor introduced to the Sri Lankan market
  • 1985: First manufacturing site established in Ratmalana
  • 1995: Second manufacturing site established in Biyagama
  • 1997: Local Farmer development programme established
  • 2001: In New Zealand, Fonterra was formed in 2001 with the merger of the New Zealand Dairy Board, the New Zealand Dairy Group and Kiwi Cooperative Dairies, and represents the interests of 95% of the New Zealand dairy farmer population, who now work together within this major cooperative to provide a diverse range of high quality dairy nutrition to the world.
  • 2003: Food service business established
  • 2005: In Sri Lanka the company was renamed to Fonterra Brands Lanka (Private) Limited.
  • 2009: Invested NZD18 million into new yoghurt manufacturing facilities to support the growth of Anchor Newdale.
  • 2012: Opened Sri Lanka’s first solar powered chilling centre in Hanwella.
  • 2013: Launched Fonterra Farmer Training and Education Programme, building on existing initiatives to develop the Sri Lankan dairy industry
  • 2014: Opened Na Sevana – Fonterra Dairy farm in Sooriyawewa
  • 2014: Launched Grass Roots Fund in Sri Lanka to grow more sustainable dairy communities
  • 2015: Opened our third owned milk chilling centre in Gampaha
  • 2015: Through our commitment to enrich the lives of Sri Lankan dairy communities, we’ve uplifted the quality of life of 6000 children together with our partners Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement, and Kansermen Sri Lanka Foundation

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