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Theland UHT Whole Milk 3.5g protein Slimline (250mL)


  • NZ lower carbon footprint milk supply
  • Milk sourced from NZ farms
  • Made from 100% raw milk
  • Free range cows

This product is made in New Zealand with milk sourced from a pasture based dairy farming system.

 New Zealand is the world leader in the production of lower carbon footprint milk (total greenhouse gas emissions per kg of product), compared with other major milk producing nations.

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Free Range Cows

The cows live outside on paddocks throughout the year, roaming freely under New Zealand’s typical 2,000 annual sunshine hours.

Cows are typically milked a maximum of twice a day during the peak dairy season, reducing to once a day during the lower season.

Fresh Pasture

The cows graze on *fresh pasture as their primary food source. In New Zealand, over the entire dairy season there is on average approximately 1 hectare of farmland for every 2-3 cows.

To ensure efficient use of farmland and continuous supply of pasture, fields are rotated regularly with cow herds being allocated to a specific paddock during each **rotation.

*To ensure that their nutritional needs are met, the cows are provided with supplementary feed during winter and poor weather conditions.

**Dairy farming practices in New Zealand vary depending on region and season, as climate factors influence grass growth and nutrition.

Theland Supply Chain

Farm to Glass:

The safety and quality practices in place across the supply chain have been verified, including the milk source; New Zealand’s lower carbon milk system.

Select into any part of the supply chain to view the verified activities and assurances at each step.

The Farm 

Farm Assurances for environment and cows

The cows are milked a maximum of twice a day.

The fresh, raw milk is cooled immediately to 4-7 degrees Celcius and kept chilled on the farm, awaiting collection.

  • The supply farms operate under an independently audited and approved Risk Management Programme (RMP) to ensure quality of milk is maintained.
  • Health checks and tests are regularly undertaken on cows and their milk.
  • Any infected or unhealthy animals are separated from the herd, and their milk withheld.
  • Milk is tested for harmful bacteria, chemical residues and contaminants at a recognised laboratory.
  • Milk is picked up from the farm using dedicated tanker trucks and transported to the factory.
  • All tankers have an automatic computer controlled milk sampling system on board.

The milk is not accepted by the dairy factory if the temperature, colour or flavour is not to the required specification.

The Factory 

Dedicated transport from farm to factory.

The chilled fresh raw milk is transported from the farms to the processing factory in dedicated tankers

Milk is not accepted by the dairy factory if the temperature, colour or flavour is not to the required specification.

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)

Factory Assurances 

  • Samples of milk are taken upon arrival at the factory and tested against specification before the milk is accepted and approved for unloading.
  • The milk is standardised and sterilised by heating to 138˚C.
  • Samples are taken and tested during processing to ensure the milk product is of the highest quality.
  • Factory processes are regularly independently audited to ensure Risk Management Plan (RMP) requirements are being maintained.
  • The sterilised milk is packaged into individual cartons.
  • All product units are individually coded with date, time, line number, and jaw number for traceability.
  • The product is tested using both in-house (factory) and external accredited laboratories through the process. Final product testing ensures compliance with NZ regulations.
  •  Once all laboratory tests are completed and passed, New Zealand's Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) issues a health certificate, making it eligible for export.
  •  A health certificate must be issued before any product leaves factory control.
  • All products are stacked in pallet sized units, stretch wrapped and barcoded for traceability.
  • The product is loaded into a shipping container, which is then locked.
  • A numbered Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) seal is applied to the container.
  • The container is loaded onto an approved vehicle for delivery to the wharf.


The shipping company must ensure that the products are accompanied by all EAD (export accompanied documents) that is required by the importing country, including:

  • Customs documents
  • Export (Health) Certificates. Issued by the NZ Ministry for Primary Industries, providing official, government-to-government assurances about the product.
  • Certificates of Analysis (contain actual laboratory results from chemical, microbial and physical tests)
  • Any other documentation required by the importing country must be completed and approved before it can be loaded on-board (this includes import permits and registration with the General Administration of the Peoples Republic of China for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine AQSIQ)

On arrival in China, the shipment is checked by China Customs to confirm the documentation meets all import criteria prior to release.

  • Once cleared, the product is sent to the distribution warehouse.


Origin transparency

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.

  • Product is packed onto delivery trucks and distributed to individual shops, supermarkets and other customers.
  • 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™ 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.

Theland’s New Zealand milk comes from cows that live outside on paddocks throughout the year.

Outdoor grazing is one factor that New Zealand dairy farmers leverage to achieve the world’s lowest carbon footprint for milk production. This is evidenced by international carbon benchmarking studies.

New Zealand’s dairy farmers are committed to ensuring that the dairy sector remains an efficient producer of low emissions milk by working to further reduce the greenhouse gas emissions produced on farm.

Reduction targets for greenhouse emissions (carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane) are outlined within the New Zealand’s Government Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Act.

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Theland UHT 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

Animal Welfare 

Theland UHT milk is sourced from free ranging cows (2-3 cows per hectare) on farms within New Zealand.

All milk suppliers for Theland products meet the New Zealand Animal Welfare Standards.

The standards require animals to be allowed the following five freedoms:

  • Freedom to display normal patterns of behaviour
  • Freedom from thermal and physical discomfort
  • Freedom from thirst, hunger and malnutrition
  • Freedom from distress
  • Freedom from, or rapid treatment of, illness or injury

Laboratory Tested for Safety & Quality 

Theland Whole UHT Milk, 3.5g protein is laboratory tested for quality and safety throughout the production process using both 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. 

This testing regime also ensures all final products meet the nutritional descriptions on their label.

Samples are also tested for harmful bacteria or other contaminants.


Produced Under New Zealand Government Regulations 

New Zealand has Acts and Regulations to ensure all 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 HACCP principles 
  • All chemicals used on a manufacturing site must be approved by the Government 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.

Meets Overseas Market Access Requirements  

Theland UHT milk meets the market access requirements of the countries to which it exports.


Manufacturing factory environment, processes and records are routinely audited in order to uphold Risk Management Programme (RMP), Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP), Good Manufacturing Practise (GMP), and other certifications.

There are also unannounced customer and Ministry for Primary Industries audits conducted randomly to ensure compliance.

The 100% raw milk sourced from New Zealand is standardised according to CODEX regulations.

Theland UHT milk contains no added colouring agents, sweeteners, thickening agents, gelatin, or preservatives. 

This product contains 100% natural milk calcium. Calcium is an important source of nutrition for building strong, dense bones in early life, and in keeping bones strong and healthy in later life.

This product contains 100% natural protein. Protein is important for the growth and repair of the body’s cells and for building muscle.

Items per 100mL NRV %
Energy 265kJ 3%
Protein 3.5g 6%
Fat 3.4g 6%
Carbohydrate 4.7g 2%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Calcium 122mg 15%