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FONTERRA and APC MICROBIOME IRELAND form new strategic partnership

2 Oct 2023
L-R: Prof. John O’Halloran, President UCC; Dr. Shalome Bassett, Programme Leader Scientific Affairs, Fonterra; Dr. James Dekker, Platform Manager, Fonterra; Prof. John Cryan, VP Research & Innovation, UCC; Dr. Brendan Curran, General Manager, APC; Prof. Paul Ross, Director, APC

Fonterra, the New Zealand-based global dairy producer, and APC Microbiome Ireland (APC), a world-leading SFI Research Centre based at University College Cork (UCC), have announced that they have entered into a new strategic research partnership.

The partnership will focus on the human microbiome with a view to developing new probiotic products that have health and wellness benefits.

The project will entail the establishment of a new Fonterra microbiome research centre based in UCC to maximise the collaborative relationship with APC. It is expected to be operational before the end of 2023.

Mark Malone, General Manager for Science and Technology, commented: “This new partnership with APC is a fantastic opportunity for Fonterra to collaborate with world leading experts in the field of probiotics and microbiome research. This will augment Fonterra’s health and nutrition expertise and accelerate our development of new and differentiated nutritional offerings.”

Paul Ross, Director APC Microbiome Ireland, said: “This is a significant development for APC and we are thrilled to be working together with Fonterra. This latest collaboration with industry underlines APC’s reputation as a global leader in microbiome research and our expertise in supporting new product development with our Irish and international industry partners.”

Professor John O’Halloran, UCC President, said: “This collaboration reinforces the commitment APC shares with Fonterra to develop new, evidence-based products that support lifelong health. It reflects UCC’s international reputation in science and innovation and is an important milestone in our UCC Futures – Food, Microbiome and Health strategy which aims to provide solutions to some of the most important challenges of our time.”




About Fonterra  

Fonterra is a co-operative owned and supplied by farming families throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Through the spirit of co-operation and a can-do attitude, Fonterra’s farmers and employees share the goodness of our milk through innovative consumer, foodservice and ingredients brands. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, and we’re committed to leaving things in a better way than we found them. We are passionate about supporting our communities by Doing Good Together.  



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