- Market New Zealand, 'Dairy Industry in New Zealand', September 2007, (www.marketnz.co.nz).
- Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data', (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.
Dairy Products MakerAlternative titles
Kaiwhakamahi Pūrere Hua Miraka
This job is sometimes referred to as:
- Butter Maker
- Cheese Factory Worker
- Milk Processing Worker
- Milk Treater
- Pasteuriser Operator
- Yoghurt Maker
Dairy products makers operate machines to produce dairy products such as cheese, butter, yoghurt and milk powder.
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What are the chances of getting a job?
According to Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment estimates, the number of dairy products makers has remained relatively stable since 2010 with about 2,100 people in the role. However, turnover and the size of the industry mean that opportunities are good.
The New Zealand Industry Training Organisation (NZITO) estimates there are about 500 job vacancies a year for dairy products makers.
Growing exports and expansion overseas provide good opportunities for dairy products makers
Dairy products are New Zealand's largest export earner. The growth of new export companies and local market boutique companies means positions come up regularly.
Fonterra (the largest producer of dairy products) is also expanding operations overseas, which provides opportunities for dairy products makers to work in Australia, Europe, China, Asia, USA and Latin America.
Fonterra the main employer of dairy products makers
Most dairy products makers work for Fonterra, which has 26 processing centres in New Zealand. Other employers of dairy products makers include:
- Kapiti Fine Foods
- Goodman Fielder
- Open Country
- Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company
- Westland Co-operative Dairy Company.
Some dairy products makers work at smaller, boutique cheese factories, which sell products mainly to niche markets.
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Progression and specialisations
Dairy products makers may specialise in making butter, cheese, milk or yoghurt.
They may also move into supervisory or management roles, or set up their own businesses.
How many people are doing this job?
Updated 9 Jul 2014