“Given the week the West Coast has had, it makes this genuinely good news somewhat bittersweet,” says Richard Reynolds, Federated Farmers West Coast Dairy chairperson.
“All of our thoughts and condolences go out to everyone involved because the West Coast is a close-knit community.
“As a Westland Milk Products supplier, I’d like to congratulate Westland’s management for a very successful year.
“It shows all the hard work that is being put into increasing its efficiency is paying off.
“This news shows that Westland is growing as a dairy company and shows the strength of us being a cooperative.
“With Westland recently opening a dry goods store and office complex in Canterbury, the cooperative’s management is making strategic business decisions.
“It’s also great to see that Westland is actively using the railway network to sustainably move product.
“In light of the week we’ve had, this positive announcement is pleasing but bittersweet, but it also gives me confidence in the direction Westland is taking,” Mr Reynolds concluded.