New Zealand Made Made from 100% Raw Milk No Added Colours No Artificial Flavours No Preservatives No Added Sugar
This product is New Zealand made.
The milk is sourced from free ranging pasture farmed cows (average of 2-3 cows per hectare), on farms within the Waikato Region of the North Island of New Zealand.
The cows free range outside throughout the year and graze on fresh green grass.
In winter and poor weather conditions, supplementary feeds may be provided to ensure the nutritional needs of the cows are met.
Dairy farming practices in New Zealand varies depending on region and season, as climate factors influence grass nutrition and growth.
To ensure efficient use of farm land and continuous supply of pasture, fields are rotated regularly with cow herds being allocated to a specific paddock during each rotation. On average, over the entire dairy season approximately 1 hectare of land provides grass for every 2-3 cows. With farm rotation at any given time the cow-to-field density will vary depending on local farming practices, seasonality, weather conditions and cow's natural inclination to form groups as a herd animal.
Milking season in New Zealand begins from August and runs through to the end of May.
Cows are typically milked twice per day from September to January, and reduces to once per day for the remainder of the season.
There are selected farms where winter milk is collected.
The farms supplying fresh milk are organised to ensure 12 months continuous supply of milk, so the factory can deliver pasteurised milk daily.
Select any part of the supply chain to view the activities and assurances at each step, from the farm, all the way to you.
Milk is not accepted by the dairy factory if the temperature, colour or flavour is not to the required specification.
Milk is transported from farms to the processing factory which is situated in the Waikato Region of the North Island of New Zealand.
The milk processing facility is registered for a Risk Management Programme as required by the Animal Products Act, 1999.
The factory is registered with the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNCA)
The fresh bottled milk is loaded into pallets that are individually stretch wrapped and have pallet barcodes attached front and back for traceability.
Milk is delivered to retailers using refrigerated transport to keep milk fresh and chilled.
Retailers ensure that the product is fresh by using good stock rotation, and checking best before dates before selling product to consumers.
The AQ Assured™ brand and QR code are available for consumers to scan in order to be sure of the safety and quality measures undertaken throughout the product supply chain.
The farms where the milk is sourced from comply with the environmental regulations prescribed by New Zealand's Regional Councils.
Theland Fresh Milk is produced in compliance with New Zealand's Resource Management Act (2009), and local council Resource Management Plans, which set out rules and regulations around management of the New Zealand environment.
These rules include:
• Disposing of waste in ways that prevent pollution
• Controlling manufacturing emissions to ensure air quality is maintained
• Using only approved chemicals in a way that will not harm the environment
• Operating within a safe distance of waterways to avoid erosion and protect water quality
• Nutrient management
All milk suppliers for Theland products must comply with the New Zealand Animal Welfare Standards.
The standards require animals to be allowed the following five freedoms:
Theland fresh pasteurised milk is laboratory tested for safety throughout the production process using factory (in-house) and independent, accredited laboratories.
Testing is undertaken at each step from raw milk collection, during processing, and again upon completion of the final product.
Tests include: harmful bacteria, other contaminants and antibiotics.
This testing regime also ensures that final products meet the nutritional descriptions on their label.
New Zealand has Acts and Regulations to ensure dairy products produced are safe for consumers and that manufacturers use fair and sustainable practices. All dairy products must comply with the Animal Products Act, 1999 and all milk suppliers must meet the New Zealand Animal Welfare standards.
These regulations include:
• No hormones or growth promotants are permitted
• All food safety hazards must be controlled using Codex based Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles
• All chemicals used on a manufacturing site must be approved by the New Zealand Government’s Ministry for Primary Industries
• Hygiene standards for facilities, equipment and people must be met
• That all producers, manufacturers, transporters, packing and storage facilities operate a Risk Management Programme
The contract processor's factory environment, processes and records are routinely audited in order to uphold their Risk Magement Programme (RMP), Hazzard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and other certifications.
There are also unannounced regulatory audits conducted randomly to ensure compliance.
The 100% raw milk sourced from New Zealand is standardised according to CODEX regulations.
Theland Fresh Milk contains no colouring agents, sweeteners, thickening agents, gelatine, or preservatives.
There are no antibiotics, pesticides, chemicals or heavy metals involved in the production of this milk.
Product testing at an independent accredited laboratory confirms compliance.
This product contains 100% natural protein. Protein is important for the growth and repair of the body’s cells and for building muscle.
This product contains calcium, an important source of nutrition for building strong, dense bones early in life, and keeping bones strong and healthy in later life.