Supplying Lion means partnering with a premium Australian dairy business that is choosing to grow by focusing on profitable categories and brands that deliver sustainable benefits to our dairy suppliers, customers and our business.

Lion invests in the innovation, quality and marketing that drives demand for milk and dairy products and sustains the entire dairy supply chain. We are experts and we love what we do.

Overview

Our repertoire of dairy products is highly aligned to Australians’ increasing desire to eat better quality and less processed food.

Almost everything we make comes from Australian farms, and the reach of our brands means that we can play a direct role in improving the food choices and the health of Australian families. In fact, we’ve made it our mission to bring delicious natural goodness to every Australian, every day.

Lion has the best-loved portfolio of fresh dairy brands in the country, and we are proud to deliver the delicious dairy goodness that Australian families rely on every day. Our dairy brands include many of Australia’s favourites including PURA, Masters and the most trusted name in dairy, Dairy Farmers, a brand which has been enjoyed by Australian families for over 100 years.

Lion also boasts Australia’s biggest iced coffee brand, Dare, as well as regional classics such as Big M, Farmers Union Iced Coffee, Masters and Moove.  In specialty cheese, brands such as South Cape, King Island Dairy, Mersey Valley and Tasmanian Heritage comprise Australia’s leading premium cheese portfolio.

Lion is focused on creating value for the long-term, and building partnerships with farmers, customers and other stakeholders to deliver this commitment.

As Australia’s leading branded dairy business, Lion champions the benefits of dairy, the credentials of our safe and reliable supply chain and the positive role we play as a business and as an industry.

The Lion Dairy Suite of Brands

Our Brands

  • Dairy Farmers
  • Pura
  • Dare
  • Farmers Union Iced Coffee
  • Masters M
  • Big M
  • Moove
  • Dairy Farmers Classic
  • Pura Classic
  • Petit Miam
  • South Cape
  • Tasmanian Heritage
  • King Island Dairy
  • Mercey Valley
  • Mersey
  • Yoplait
  • CompleteDairy

Senior Leadership Group

Kathy Karabatsas

Finance Director and Managing Director of Adjacent Business units

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Elise Gare

External Relations Director

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Darryn Wallace

Marketing & Innovation Director

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Nicola Richardson

Sales Director

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Niki King

People & Culture Director

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Stuart Muir

Supply Chain Director

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Peter West

Managing Director

Peter has extensive experience in the food and snack industries in senior sales, marketing and general management roles at Mars and later Campbell Arnott’s. Peter subsequently re-joined Mars as GM of snackfoods in Australia and Global Brand Leader for the Snickers confectionary brand, before being promoted to lead the chocolate business across Continental Europe. Peter moved to Brussels to take on this position, returning to Australia to lead Lion’s Dairy & Drinks business in late 2013.

Farmers’ Union Greek Style yoghurt is a breakfast staple for Peter, who loves the natural goodness and delicious fresh taste.

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Kathy Karabatsas

Finance Director and Managing Director of Adjacent Business units

Kathy has spent almost a decade in Fast Moving Consumer Goods, having joined Lion (then National Foods) in 2006. Kathy held a variety of senior financial and operational planning roles, and led complex change programs across Lion's dairy and drinks business, before being appointed Finance Director in 2013. In this role, Kathy also oversees agricultural procurement and farmer engagement initiatives.

Kathy has plenty of Farmers Union Greek yogurt in the fridge as her go to snack that full of dairy goodness.

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Elise Gare

External Relations Director

Elise Gare has more than 15 years’ experience working in Corporate Affairs across a number of industries. Beginning her career as a journalist with The Ballarat Courier, Elise moved into corporate affairs working as the Senior Media Adviser within Victoria Police. She went onto to work with Tabcorp Holdings and CGU insurance before joining the former National Foods business, which later became Lion. After a couple of years with the dairy business, Elise left Lion to work with Australia Post in the newly formed Business Communications function. She subsequently re-joined Lion in 2013 as the External Relations Director for the Beer, Spirits & Wine business in Australia and in mid-2015 she returned to work with Lion’s dairy business in Australia and Asia.

Elise still loves an icy cold glass of milk each day and her favourite is The Complete Dairy.

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James Wyatt

General Counsel

James is an experienced lawyer, having worked for over 15 years in both in-house and in private practice in Australia and the UK. James spent 5 years with CCK Lawyers before joining AstraZeneca as Legal Counsel. James joined Lion in 2010, supporting strategic initiatives in supply chain, marketing and sales, before being promoted to his current role in 2013.

James enjoys relaxing with King Island Ash Covered Brie and a good glass of wine.

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Darryn Wallace

Marketing & Innovation Director

Darryn is an experienced senior marketing and commercial director with over 20 years’ experience working within the FMCG industry. Prior to joining The Daily Drink Co in 2016, Darryn has held a variety of senior marketing and commercial roles with Cadbury, Schweppes and Asahi operating in the Australian Beverage and Food market place.

Darryn is passionate about reinvigorating strong heritage brands, and developing strong customer relationships as well as building new brands, partnerships and teams, and is excited by the growth opportunities that lie ahead for Lion Dairy & Drinks. In October 2016, Darryn was promoted to lead the combined dairy and juice marketing and innovation function.

Darryn loves a Dare Double Espresso, especially in the afternoon for a real coffee kick.

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Nicola Richardson

Sales Director

Nicola has over 16 years' experience in predominantly consumer goods businesses, starting her career at Dulux Paints, before joining National Foods and later Campbells Soup in the UK. Upon returning to Australia in 2006, Nicola re-joined Lion (National Foods) and was subsequently promoted through a number of senior sales and marketing roles across key regions and categories. Nicola was appointed to lead marketing and innovation for the Dairy business in 2014.

Masters' Iced Coffee is Nicola's favourite – particularly for a refreshing coffee hit in the hot summer months.

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Niki King

People & Culture Director

Niki has been with Lion for 15 years, working in senior People and Culture roles across Lion’s beer businesses in Sydney and Auckland. Niki returned to her home town of Melbourne in 2010 to take on her current role as the People and Culture Director for Lion Dairy and Drinks. Niki’s team of human resources and safety professionals are based around the country and partner the business leaders to attract, retain & develop great people and create an environment in which they flourish.

Niki has three young sons who love a Chocolate Big M after Saturday morning footy.

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Stuart Muir

Supply Chain Director

Stuart Muir is a career supply chain professional with extensive experience in food manufacturing. Beginning his career with Unilever, Stuart was later appointed Operations Director for Streets icecream before joining Lion Group in 2011. Stuart moved to the dairy business soon after to lead the NSW manufacturing sites, and was promoted to Supply Chain Director for Lion's entire dairy business in 2014.

As a proud North-West Tasmanian, Stuart enjoys Mersey Valley club cheeses any time of the day.