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Agribusiness: Technology helps find gold
Posted on 11-Sep-2016 13:14 by Bill Bennett. | Tags Filed under: News.

Fonterra is mining gold in the Waikato, extracting tiny particles of a natural protein called lactoferrin at the milk co-operative’s Hautapu site near Cambridge.

Robert Spurway, Fonterra’s chief operating officer global operations, says lactoferrin is known as “pink gold” because of its colour and high value.

“There’s a growing demand for lactoferrin in Asia. It generates huge returns in Japan where it sells in health foods, yoghurt and infant formula. The iron-binding protein has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps the immune system.”

Read the full story by Bill Bennett in the New Zealand Herald.

Filed under: Portfolio Tagged: NZ Herald

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