NEW ZEALAND – Synlait, a dairy processing company and the a2 Milk Company have announced a significant extension to their long-term infant formula supply agreement.

According to the company, the supply agreement for a2 Platinum infant formula and other nutritional products, announced on 23 August 2016, provided for a minimum term of five years, with a rolling three-year term from 1 August 2018.

The key components of the revised agreement are; a two-year extension to the term of the agreement, effectively providing for a new minimum term of five years to 31 July 2023

It also reported that there was an increase in the volume of infant formula products over which Synlait already has exclusive supply rights, with increased committed production capacity from Synlait.

The pricing terms that reflect the commitment on the part of both companies to an ongoing market-competitive pricing regime was also revised.

The agreed variations are conditional on either NZX granting a waiver from the requirement to obtain shareholder approval under NZX Listing Rule 9.1.1 or shareholder approval being obtained.

The agreement continues to reinforce the two companies’ close working relationship as they work to develop a2 Platinum for the ANZ and China markets on an exclusive basis to a specified product volume.

“The success of the a2 Platinum product has exceeded all expectations over the past two years.

This step is about bringing Synlait and The a2 Milk Company closer together in anticipation of continued growth,” said John Penno, Managing Director and CEO.

“It also puts both companies in a great position to further leverage the Chinese Food and Drug Agency (CFDA) registration of a2’s infant formula products, which was achieved in September 2017,” he added.