Diamond History

About Diamond

For over 60 years, Diamond has been inspiring New Zealanders with tasty meal ideas. This iconic Kiwi brand includes a Pasta range and a Meal Solutions range.
In 1882, the Timaru Milling Company Ltd opened the first, and also the largest, roller mill in New Zealand. The main brick building of the plant is six stories in height and still stands on Mill Street today.

Initially, Diamond was established by the Timaru Milling Company Ltd as a quality oats and flour brand for breakfast cereals and baking in the late 1880’s. But in 1941, during World War II, the New Zealand Government sought locally produced replacements for international products. As a result the Timaru Milling Company received a license to manufacture pasta and the small-scale production of Diamond pasta began.

During the 1970’s, the popularity of pasta really started to grow in New Zealand with Macaroni Cheese and Spag Bol becoming firm family favourites and Diamond pasta turning into a pantry staple.

Following the success of pasta, Diamond diversified into the Meals Solutions market and began producing Coat’n Cook, Rice Risotto, Couscous and Macaroni and Cheese. These also quickly became Kiwi favourites which are still widely used and loved today.

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