Minister Welcomes Boost For The Dairy Industry

AUSTRALIA - Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, has welcomed the announcement by Bega Cheese and Coles supermarkets that 100 per cent of Coles–branded cheese will be Australian sourced as a significant boost for local industry.
calendar icon 28 September 2011
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Minister Ludwig and Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Dr Mike Kelly, travelled to Bega for the announcement that Bega Cheese will produce all Coles branded cheese from November this year.

“As a result of this partnership, Bega Cheese will be sourcing an extra 70 million litres of Australian milk and that’s great news for the dairy industry,” he said.

“Until now, half of this cheese has been produced in New Zealand. I applaud Coles for this move – it’s great to see that more Australian product will be available on supermarket shelves."

“I am sure Australian consumers will be equally pleased to be able to purchase a product that supports Australian farmers and industry, with flow–on affects to rural communities.”

Minister Ludwig said the announcement was testament to the dairy industry’s ability to embrace change and adapt to new conditions, which had helped make it one of Australia’s key agricultural industries, worth $3.45 billion at the farmgate.

Parliamentary Secretary and Member for Eden Monaro, Dr Mike Kelly, said it was good news for rural Australia, but especially for those in his home electorate.

“This is great news for Bega and the south coast,” Dr Kelly said.

“This announcement will see increased employment in Bega and in Victoria but is good news for rural Australia as a whole"

“This is an important shift in the way one of our leading supermarkets is sourcing their product."

“It will benefit many people, including dairy farmers, their families, rural communities and the workers at Bega Cheese.”

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