Fonterra is spending $150 million on building two new cream cheese plants at Darfield, where the co-operative already operates a huge milk powder making facility.

The Darfield plant in Canterbury (which opened in 2012) already makes high quality instant and regular whole milk powder for export to more than 40 markets across South East Asia, China and the Middle East.

The new project will see the first plant completed in 2018 and a second to follow in either 2019 or 2020.

Trade Mark Design is engaged to confirm that the infrastructure has adequate capacity to service the new systems.