News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Colostrum and Stolle Sales Get a Boost from SARS

Media Release 30 September 2003

Fonterra Colostrum and Stolle Sales Get a Boost from SARS

Fonterra's colostrum and Stolle milk sales have risen significantly in key Asian markets, as consumers turn to health-boosting products following the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) earlier this year.

Stolle milk sales have risen 50% in the Taiwanese market, while Colostrum sales have increased considerably in the Chinese market.

Stolle milk and colostrum are two of Fonterra's specialty milk products. Stolle milk is obtained from cows which are immunised to induce the formation of antibodies in their milk. Liquid colostrum is taken from the first four milkings (48 hours) after calf birth from pasture fed, non-immunised cows.

Asian consumers believe use of these products can boost immune systems and prevent disease.

Patrick Geals, Fonterra General Manager of Health and Nutritional Solutions, says the SARS outbreak has boosted sales of colostrum well above forecasted levels.

"The unfortunate outbreak of the SARS virus has boosted Chinese market demand for Fonterra's colostrum product by over five times forecasted figures," says Geals.

Mr Geals says positive consumer perception of colostrum and Stolle is the main reason for increased sales.

"Chinese and Taiwanese consumers are drawn to natural remedies which they believe can thwart and cure diseases. They use colostrum and Stolle as preventative therapies," says Geals.

Colostrum is manufactured into colostrum powder at Fonterra's Hautapu plant. Fonterra currently has over 500 colostrum suppliers and will manufacture approximately 200 metric tonnes this season.

Stolle milk is manufactured into powder at Fonterra's Te Awamutu plant. Fonterra currently has 100 Stolle milk suppliers and will manufacture approximately 500 tonnes this season.

Patrick Geals is General Manager of Fonterra Health and Nutritional Solutions, which is part of Fonterra's new Growth Business unit. Health and Nutritional Solutions focuses on developing and commercialising novel bioactive dairy ingredient solutions for eight key health platforms: immune health, infant nutrition, gastrointestinal health, therapeutics, dermatology, bone health, sports health and animal health.

Revenues for the Health and Nutritional Solutions group will exceed $150 million this financial year. -ENDS-

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: From Free Press to Fancy Dress - Spielberg's The Post

Stephen Spielberg's The Post is an opportune newsroom drama in which a corrupt Republican president wages war against the "liberal media," as its plucky proprietor risks economic and legal ruin to bring the Pentagon Papers to public light. Its true protagonist is publisher Katharine Graham, a stringently diplomatic businesswoman, reluctantly compelled to take an overtly political stance in the interests of democracy and freedom of the press. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Black Dog of Empire - Joe Wright's Darkest Hour'

On the eve of England's contorted efforts to negotiate its ignominious retreat from Europe and the chaotic spectacle of the Tory party ratifying its undignified departure from a union originally designed to prevent another World War, there has been a renewed appetite for movies about 1940. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Anger Begets Anger - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

For fans of what Ricky Gervais termed "number movies" (Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, Ocean's 11, Se7en), Martin McDonagh's latest offering will be a welcome addition to the roster. The Irish playwright turned screenwriter and director has produced another quirky and darkly comic tragedy that evolves around the futility of anger and grief, retribution and revenge. More>>

Howard Davis: Sexting in George Dawe's Genevieve - Part I

Te Papa's permanent collection includes an enormous oil painting by the English artist George Dawe called Genevieve (from by a poem by S.T. Coleridge entitled 'Love') that was prominently featured in the 2013 exhibition Angels & Aristocrats. Compare the massive immensity of the bard's gorgeously gilded harp with the stubby metallic handle of the Dark Knight's falchion, both suggestively positioned at crotch-level. Dawe's enormous canvas invokes a whole history of blushing that pivots around a direct connection to sexual arousal. More>>


Ethnomusicology: Malian ‘Desert Blues’ Revolutionaries To Storm WOMAD

Malian band Tinariwen (playing WOMAD NZ in March 2018) are a true musical revolutionaries in every sense. Active since 1982, these nomadic Tuareg or ‘Kel Tamashek’ (speakers of Tamashek) electric guitar legends revolutionised a traditional style to give birth to a new genre often called ‘desert blues’. They also have a history rooted deeply in revolution and fighting for the rights of their nomadic Tamashek speaking culture and people. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland