AQ Assured by AsureQuality, New Zealand’s Government-owned food assurance company.
This product is produced in New Zealand.
Fresh milk is sourced from cows located on dairy farms in New Zealand.
Lewis Road Creamery is certified and licensed by NZ Fernmark (License number: NZFM100177). The Fernmark license is a formal government recognition of Lewis Road Creamery's connection to New Zealand.
There are systems in place throughout Lewis Road Creamery's supply chain to ensure that each bottle of chocolate milk meets high standards of safety and quality.
Milk is not collected if the temperature, colour or quality is not to the specification.
The milk is transported from the farms to the factory in refrigerated tanker trucks. The factory operates under an RMP (Risk Management Program) where processes are regularly audited to ensure requirements are being met.
The container is loaded onto an approved vehicle for delivery to the wharf.
The containers of product are delivered from the factory to the appropriate distribution route via a registered transport company.
The transport company that makes this delivery must have a current New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries Risk Management Program before it can freight any dairy products, as per the Animal Products Act, 1999.
The transport company is audited regularly by accredited personnel to ensure that standards are being met and maintained.
This product has several possible distribution routes via airfrieght or seafreight
The freight company ensures that the products are accompanied by all EAD (export accompanied documents) that is required by the importing country, including:
The product is transported to China and checked by China Customs on arrival. China Customs check all import documentation to confirm that requirements have been met, and may test the product again prior to releasing it into the country.
Once cleared, the product is transported to the distribution warehouse.
The products arrive at the warehouse, where they are managed using barcoding and traceability systems. No product leaves the warehouse until it receives a final quality check.
The AQ Assured Transparency and Authenticity QR code is available for consumers to scan in order to be confident of the product authenticity and to view further information on the quality measures undertaken throughout the product supply chain.
The farms ensure that milk is produced in compliance with New Zealand's Resource Management Act (2009) and all environmental regulations prescribed by New Zealand's Regional Councils.
Farms supplying the milk are committed to operating in a sustainable way through participating in initiatives like the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord (SDWA) which is a set of national good management practices aimed at lifting environmental performance on dairy farms to improve efficiency of water and nutrient use and effluent management.
The farms supplying the milk have committed to a standard that allows the cows to spend on average at least 90% of their time outside where they free range and graze on grass and pasture which makes up on average 85% of their diet.
Milking of the cows follows the natural pattern of pasture growth in New Zealand, influenced by climate and season.
Lewis Road Creamery are members of the Sustainable Business Network and are committed to helping the industry plan for a sustainable future.
Lewis Road Creamery supports the 'Million Metre Streams' initiative, an organisation dedicated to native planting across the country to help protect New Zealand's water ways. Lewis Road has recently completed their first project with Million Meters which saw them raise over $20,000 all of which went towards the planting of trees along the edge of the Wairoa River to improve the water quality and biodiversity of the waterway.
Lewis Road Creamery is committed to sustainability. They have signed the New Zealand Packaging Declaration where they are committed to 100% of all their packaging being recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.
The bottles this milk comes in is made from PET plastic which can be recycled.
Farms who supply their milk to Lewis Road Creamery comply with the New Zealand Animal Welfare Standards (The Animal Welfare Act 1999) governed by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
The standards mandate the following as basic conditions all animals must be cared under;
The Ministry for Primary Industries regularly monitor compliance to these standards.
Lewis Road is a small team, of 25 people. Their approach to production, sees the company outsourcing but with complete oversight of the manufacturing. This allows the team to multi task, remain flexible and innovate quickly.
The team is encouraged to participate in team sports days, regular inspiration sessions and new product tastings.
This Lewis Road Creamery Milk is tested for safety and quality at each step, from the raw milk collection on farm through to the final product.
Laboratory tests include:
The final product is tested to ensure compliance.
All farms supplying fresh milk for this Lewis Road Creamery Milk are independently audited annually by an accredited organisation. Additional unannounced audits may also be conducted by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
The factory environment, processes and records are routinely audited to verify the requirements of dairy factory's Risk Management Programme (RMP).
New Zealand has Acts and Regulations in place to ensure all dairy products produced are safe for consumers. All milk suppliers must meet the New Zealand Animal Welfare standards and all dairy products must comply with the Animal Products Act, 1999.
All producers, manufacturers, transporters, packing and storage facilities operate under a Risk Management Programme which is independently audited.
Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Milk has been scientifically tested and certified by Oritain meaning that the milk can be verified to ensure integrity and origin.
Each individual bottle is uniquely coded to provide consumers with product information and assurance of product authenticity.
Made from fresh New Zealand Milk (not milk powder)
Contains Belgian 5-roll Refined Milk Chocolate
Good Source of Calcium
Source of Protein
No added preservatives
Ultra Heat Pasteurised (UHT)