From milk to medicine with DFE Pharma - a farmer's journey from Taranaki to Europe

| August 20, 2017

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Under the mountain in Kapuni, Taranaki, our farmers’ milk is being made into something pretty remarkable.  Our Kapuni site focuses on producing pharmaceutical lactose, a key ingredient in inhalers helping people around the world manage their asthma.The lactose we make at Kapuni is the most pure lactose you can make in the world. And in short, gets the medicine in powder inhalers to where it’s needed – the lungs.Follow Taranaki Fonterra farmers Claire Mathieson and Bryan Julian’s journey to Europe, one of the many places their milk is helping to make a difference.

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