Darfield – Best Transport Team


Now in their thirteenth year the Fonterra Best Site Cups celebrate the best in manufacturing they have to offer. There are fourteen awards handed out, with every site in the running for each category. The overall awards (big / small and medium site) are based on the site’s size, and volume of production.

Darfield is now home to Fonterra’s best transport team following the ‘Oscars of Manufacturing’, Fonterra’s recent best site awards. Darfield picked up the hotly contested award ahead of the twenty five other Fonterra manufacturing sites throughout the country. The awards recognise the commitment and dedication from the team in a variety of categories.

Shane Taylor, Depot Manager for Canterbury and Upper Southland said, “I’m really proud of the transport teams at Darfield and the Upper South Island. It’s their hard work that has contributed to winning the award; it’s about getting everyone home safely at the end of the day.”

Tanker drivers are the face of Fonterra every day – both to the public on the roads, and to the Company shareholders at milk pick-up time. The Transport Cup is based on driver performance scores, fuel efficiency and culture. Fonterra stresses that if their drivers drive well they keep themselves and the public safe on the roads, they save money on fuel and take better care of the tankers. Darfield/upper South Island tankers travel around eight million kilometres each season.

Fonterra Darfield employs more than 280 people, has a total of three plants and produces milk powder and cream cheese. It also has a fleet of fifty tankers and 150 tanker operators. Product from the site is distributed to more than forty markets. Darfield were also runners-up in the best Big Site award.

Fonterra’s manufacturing sites employ close to 7,000 people throughout the country in a range of roles from factory processors to tanker operators, food safety and quality experts and environmental managers, all of them working to turn farmers’ milk into products that end up in more than 140 countries around the world.