From the farm to the class, Fonterra Farmers across the country are working together to bring healthy, nutritious milk to kids across New Zealand through Fonterra Milk for Schools. It's free, and it's for all Kiwi kids in any primary school that would like to take part.
We’re now in 70% of New Zealand primary schools, but if your local school hasn’t signed up yet, they can apply online and we’ll be in touch.
Fonterra announced the creation of the Fonterra Milk for Schools pilot programme, to roll out in the new year. The programme is planned to go nationwide.
We began looking for a solution to make sure that all the milk packs delivered to schools were collected and recycled, Fonterra Milk for Schools couldn’t go ahead without knowing our packs would be recycled responsibly.
Fonterra and Tetra Pak flew to Thailand to visit a promising tetra pak recycling facility. Sites in both Thailand and Malaysia became the official recycling facilities for the programme.
We invited all interested primary schools in Northland to apply for the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme. These pioneers helped us to test the programme and get the details right.
The Takanini recycling depot was taken over by the Anchor Milkmen as they tested the logistics of the programme – working out hygiene, transport and other practicalities.
Our friends from some well-known brands came on board, supporting us with their expert services from supplying fridges, bins and packaging to transport and distribution.
It was an exciting day – with the launch of the pilot programme, the kids of Manaia View School in Northland became the first to benefit from their daily dose of nutritious, delicious milk.
An Auckland Uni study was launched to look into the effects of daily milk drinking on the diet of primary school students.
After the success of the Northland pilot programme, schools around New Zealand were invited to express their interest in joining Fonterra Milk for Schools.
When you need something done, ask an expert! We hired ex-teachers to act as the school liaison team, hitting the road to bring each newly signed-up school on board.
After the Pilot we found that 200mL of milk is just the right amount for kids to drink – but there was no such thing as a 200mL pack! No worries, we designed a special milk pack to use moving forward.
In preparation for our nationwide launch, cartons of milk began shipping by the truckload, ready to start satisfying thirsty kids at the South Island schools that had already signed up.
Northland schools pilot the programme.
Otago schools join the programme.
Southland schools join the programme.
Canterbury schools join the programme.
Tasman, Marlborough and Nelson schools join the programme.
West Coast schools join the programme.
Waikato schools join the programme.
Bay of Plenty schools join the programme.
Bay of Plenty and Gisborne schools join the programme.
Manawatu and Wanganui schools join the programme.
Hawkes Bay schools join the programme.
Auckland schools join the programme.
Stewart and Chatham Islands schools joins the programme.
Taranaki schools join the programme.
Wellington schools join the programme with 80% of them interested to know more, 55% signed up to start and 46% ready to drink!
Contribute to the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme every year.
It was official – Fonterra Milk for Schools was now nationwide. Starting at the very bottom of the South Island in Invercargill, we rolled out region by region.
At signed-up schools in the south, milk packs arrived and were stacked in fridges, getting nice and cool ready for drinking.
We’re officially recognised by the Ministry of Environment as an Accredited Product Stewardship Scheme, for responsible management of our impact on the environment through recycling.
Rangitaiki School, on the Napier-Taupo road, won the first Fonterra National recycling award – their milkman said their recycling is always folded flat and tidy.
We set up National Recycling Excellence Awards to celebrate schools that put the most effort into their recycling throughout the year.
We were determined that every school would have the opportunity to join the programme – even if it meant delivering by boat or plane to an island.
We headed to Maungaturoto School, star of the Fonterra Milk for Schools instructional DVD, to celebrate the end of the rollout. All schools that applied were now drinking their daily milk.
The first of many more to come. One year into the programme and we’ve delivered more than 14 million milk packs to over 1450 schools participating nationwide.
And the winner is…. Anchor Milk Southland – our Fonterra Milk for School Milkman of the Year! Thanks to all our Milkmen who deliver the milk for Fonterra Milk for Schools, we couldn’t do it without you.
Fonterra Farmers are delighted with winning the BACS Good Business Egg Award for Health at the CQ Hotels in Wellington. Read more
We changed to a new milk pack, along with a move to a new factory where the milk is produced – Waitoa, in the Waikato, the heart of dairy country. Read more
This year’s winners are Grant and Ariella Wilson of Cool Runners NZ Ltd in Wellington. Congratulations!
Fonterra has delivered more than 50 million packs of milk to Kiwi Kids since the programme began – that’s more than 10 million litres of milk! Read more
This year’s winner is Chris Lucas of C Lucas Ltd in Auckland! The trophy was presented by Fonterra Farmer Shareholders David and Cathy Yates, owners of Heritage Farm. Chris is a big fan of Fonterra Milk for Schools, which brings back another great tradition in supplying free milk to primary schools across the country. Congratulations, Chris!
New research by the University of Auckland shows that 12 per cent more kiwi kids are meeting recommended daily dairy consumption guidelines since the introduction of the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme. Read more
We kicked off the 2017 school year by giving our schools the opportunity to win an amazing overnight farmstay on a beautiful Fonterra Farm! Our winning schools - Te Aroha Primary and Gore Main School - both had a fantastic time.
Check it out here!
We held a Breakfast launch event at our Fanshawe Street office to share our Bone study results. Read more about it here.
Our 2017 winners are OT Milk Distributors Limited.
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