Synlait Dunsandel update on Canterbury flooding

By Jim Cornall contact

- Last updated on GMT

Synlait said at this point, in spite of the flooding, no milk has been lost. Pic: Synlait
Synlait said at this point, in spite of the flooding, no milk has been lost. Pic: Synlait

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Following heavy rainfall, which resulted in severe flooding in the region, and a state of local emergency in New Zealand’s Canterbury region, Synlait Milk Limited said a small team has operated Synlait Dunsandel over the past 36 hours to ensure the facility remained secure and that Foodstuffs South Island deliveries could be met.

It said normal operations at the site in Canterbury would resume from midday New Zealand time, subject to no further deterioration in site access.

Non-operational staff members are continuing to work from home as the region recovers, and health and safety and risk management plans remain in place should there be a further deterioration in the weather.

Synlait said the event will not have a material impact on its FY21 production plans or guidance outlook.

The company said flooding has caused significant damage to several farms in the Synlait network, with the immediate focus on supporting impacted farmer suppliers to get through this situation safely.

After this, Synlait said it will look at ways to assist with the clean up on farms badly affected.

Milk collection in the region has been challenging due to road closures, however, Synlait said at this point, no milk has been lost.

Synlait CEO John Penno said, “I want to acknowledge the strong focus our team has had on keeping everyone safe and helping our farmers over the past 36 hours. This has been a rapidly changing situation which has required careful safety and operational planning.

 “Our thoughts are with our farmer suppliers, many of whom have been badly affected by the flooding. Our focus will be on supporting them as best as we can, as soon as the weather clears.”

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