Swiss food giant Nestlé and New Zealand-based dairy group Fonterra have expanded their joint venture dairy products alliance known as Dairy Partners Americas.

In its second phase, the move sees the creation of individual joint ventures in Ecuador and Colombia, which become operational on July 1, as well as in Trinidad & Tobago.

The first phase kicked off in January 2003 with five joint ventures in Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina, the creation of a regional management organisation, plus the sale of some of Fonterra's milk powder businesses to Nestlé in Venezuela.

The second phase includes a joint venture for milk powders in Ecuador and Colombia, one for dairy chilled and liquid products in Ecuador, as well as a dairy chilled and liquid joint venture in Trinidad & Tobago, Nestlé said.

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