Dairy processing

New Zealand is the world’s biggest exporter of dairy products, producing 21 billion litres of milk for processing each year.

Job overview 

Opportunities for those wanting to build a career in dairy processing continues to grow with New Zealand’s dairy industry prospering, new businesses starting and existing businesses expanding.

While dairy products are the country’s largest export earner, there are also companies who process milk into products, such as butter, cheese and ice cream, for sale across New Zealand. The Dairy Processing industry employs over 13,000 people.

A career in the dairy processing industry can offer many opportunities both across New Zealand and across the world.

Skills and experience 

  • Safety-conscious
  • Excellent attention for detail
  • Able to follow instructions
  • Enjoys working in a team 
  • Can identify and solve problems
  • Good communication skills