A Snapshot of Chile’s Largest Dairy Farm

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Manuka is the largest milk producer in Chile, located among the natural beauties of Llanquihue Lake and Osorno Volcano, in the heart of southern Chile, with operations in Los Lagos and Los Ríos regions.

They implement the New Zealand grazing model, which takes place on top-quality pastures where their milk is produced sustainably, generating a positive impact by providing security, social development, and economic growth with high respect for the environment, as it deserves.

They are committed to generating shared value through the production of natural and sustainable milk, hand in hand with their mission, which is to give people from the south of Chile, opportunities through the improvement and professionalisation of the dairy industry.

One of the actions that translate into their vision and mission is the international certification of Animal Welfare and Grass Fed Certified Humane®, which they just obtained after a long process of several months of work in their 59 milking parlours and 4 calf rearing centres. This is the biggest accreditation from the international organization that a company in the dairy sector receives in Chile and Latin America. Obtaining the Certified Humane® seal guarantees that their animals’ food product meets animal welfare requirements. In the case of Manuka, the Grass Fed certification is also added, which evaluates the annual feeding plan for cattle, where they ensure free access to grass from weaning, correct food management of the animals, and forage and supplements of natural origin.

During the last season, Manuka produced 184 million litres of milk, translating into a net sale of CL 63,300 million Chilean Pesos. Considering, in addition, the dairy production company in southern Chile provides 620 jobs for people from the communities surrounding its operating centres in both regions of the country.

The grazing model is carried out in more than 14,000 hectares of permanent pastures, which are among 5,000 hectares of native forests, 86% of the land being green, permanent and sustainable prairies, where the 68,392 head of cattle, including cows, calves and bulls, are raised and developed naturally for clean production. They are also committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) from United Nations and are an active social enterprise member of the Global Compact Network, Chile.

In this area, Manuka works to generate alliances that contribute to fulfilling the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its 17 SDGs. In the last season, Manuka reinforced their contribution to the SDGs, increasing the number to seven objectives to contribute within their actions and initiatives; these being Zero Hunger, Quality Education, Decent work and economic growth, Reduction of inequalities, Sustainable production and consumption, Climate Action and Life of terrestrial ecosystems.

To keep our stakeholders informed about the company’s economic, social and environmental performance during the 2021-2022 season, Manuka has generated a sustainability report that communicates the progress and challenges in this matter in a balanced way.

As a company dedicated to dairy production, Manuka presented a clear roadmap to advance along its sustainable path, considering the purposes, objectives and pillars of their work with their animals, people, communities and environment, always maintaining an economically sustainable business and considering as a baseline, their national legal compliance.

The main milestones that Manuka highlights in their sustainability report for 2022 were: the International Animal Welfare Certification and Grass Fed Certified Humane®, which reflects their commitment to animal welfare, the consolidation of Manuka’s Talent Program, which empowers their collaborators professionally, their neighbourhood and territory relations, which allows them to work hand in hand into development projects with different communities, the creation of the culture committee, composed with people from a different area, and the increase of solar collectors which seeks to promote the use of renewable energies, both in their dairy farms as in their collaborator’s homes.

As Manuka, they are committed to maintaining these initiatives, certifications and actions among their collaborators, continuing to be the largest dairy producer in Chile. We invite you to review their latest sustainability report, where you can learn more about the details of Manuka’s work and respect for the environment.


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