Dairy Farmers Go to Adelaide Cheese Maker25 August 2014
AUSTRALIA - A group of six South Australian dairy farmers from the Fleurieu Peninsula have turned their noses up at the major dairy companies and decided to supply direct to Adelaide cheese maker La Casa Del Formaggio.
The farms will supply 300,000 litres per week in a deal worth $15 million, ABC reports.
La Casa Del Fomarggio's Managing Director Claude Cicchiello says his company has been looking to deal directly with farmers for some time.
"The main benefits are that we can control the quality of our milk from the farm through to finished product. We now deal with six farmers directly, and hopefully the benefits will flow to those families as well as to us," he said.
Gino Pacitti is one of those farmers.
A second generation dairy farmer, he had been supplying one of the major processors until July 1st.
He says dealing with La Casa Del Formaggio will provide more stability for his farm.
"We do attract a slight premium above the market value, but more importantly we don't need to produce below the cost of production." he said.
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