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The Story of the Leitíssimo Dairy Farm

The current chairman of this Brazilian dairy company is Craig Bell. Craig is a New Zealand graduate of Waikato University in Chemistry (B.Sc.), Canterbury University in Chemical and Process Engineering (B.E (Hons) (Chem. & Proc.) and holds a post-graduate diploma from Massey University in Dairy Science and Technology (Dip. Dair. Sci. & Tech.). He also completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

From 1987 to 2003, Craig worked for the New Zealand Dairy Board (now Fonterra) where he led a group responsible for the research, development, and production of advanced whey products. During this time, he was transferred to Mexico as Technical Manager – Latin America, leading the development of new products and then to Brazil to assume the position of General Manager of NZMP (Brasil), managing the company’s dairy interests in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay.

In 2003 he left Fonterra to invest in and help establish Leitíssimo, a pasture-based dairy farm producing premium UHT milk in West Bahia. Leitíssimo has more than 8,000 cows, produces 13 million litres of milk, employs 130 people and generates revenues of nearly R$50m (NZ$13 million) a year. In 2012, he established two more businesses, Delicari, a specialty retail business focused on premium dairy products produced with Leitíssimo milk, and Astrea, a service rendering business in Paraná, where he is currently chairman of the board.

The bottom video gives you more information on the farm itself.

Source: Latin America CAPE

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