As we shared with you last month, LDD sponsored the Dairy showcase at the Sydney Royal Easter Show – one of the country’s biggest ticketed events and the perfect platform to showcase our Dairy Farmers brand.

It was an enormous success with plenty of positive feedback from consumers.

The event was also an opportunity for some of you to showcase what you do so well, and it was great to see LDD suppliers take home wins in dairy categories. These included:

Craig and Tammy Whatman from Burrawang in NSW who won the:

  • Pen of three interbreed
  • Pen of Three Females, any age, owned by Exhibitor
  • HOLSTEIN – Female, over 6yrs, in milk
  • HOLSTEIN – Highest total kgs fat plus protein
  • HOLSTEIN – Three Females, any age.
  • BROWN SWISS – Female, over 6yrs, in milk
  • BROWN SWISS – Highest total kgs fat plus protein


Brett and Melinda Hayter from Werombi in NSW who won:

  • AYRSHIRE – Female, over 6yrs, in milk
  • AYRSHIRE – Female, over 3 ½yrs, in calf, dry
  • AYRSHIRE – Dam’s Progeny Group


Patrick Buckley and April Browne from Theresa Park in NSW awarded:

  • BROWN SWISS – Heifer, over 12 & not over 18mths

Dairy Farmers was proud to continue its partnership with the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The brand has been a proud partner of the Show since 1908 and celebrated its rich heritage and new brand tagline ‘nourishing since 1900’ with a fun on-site activation and product booth.


On Friday 26 April 2019 Lion CEO Stuart Irvine provided an update on the sale of Lion Dairy & Drinks (LDD), including confirmation that Kirin and Lion have reached an agreement to sell the Lion Specialty Cheese Business to Saputo Dairy Australia (Saputo) on a standalone basis. The sale agreement is subject to ACCC and Foreign Investment Review Board approvals, and other standard closing conditions.  Whilst it is not possible to be definitive, our expectation is that the sale is likely to complete in the second half of the 2019 calendar year.

In a further update, Lion CEO Stuart Irvine said that the sale process for the broader Lion Dairy & Drinks (LDD) business was continuing.

“When we announced the decision to progress a sale of the Dairy & Drinks business last year, we made clear our intention to identify the best future ownership arrangements for the Dairy & Drinks business, and to ensure both Dairy & Drinks and the Lion business are ideally positioned for growth – with the right people, assets and investment behind their respective strategies,” said Irvine.

“As we worked through the sale process over the last several months, significant bidder interest emerged in both the whole Dairy & Drinks business and also in the specialty cheese assets on a standalone basis. After a careful assessment of all options, Lion has entered into an agreement to sell the Dairy & Drinks Specialty Cheese business to Saputo.  Saputo is ideally positioned to drive the business forward, given its deep dairy capabilities, complementary portfolio and commitment to the cheese category domestically.”

The sale to Saputo will include all of Dairy & Drinks’ specialty cheese brands, including King Island Dairy, Tasmanian Heritage, South Cape, Mersey Valley, Heidi Farm and Australian Gold, as well as cheese manufacturing assets at Burnie (The Heritage) and King Island (King Island Dairy and Cheese Store), and the two Lion-owned farms on King Island (Horizon Glen and Kyeema).

The sale agreement is subject to ACCC and Foreign Investment Review Board approvals and other standard closing conditions and is expected to complete within the second half of calendar year 2019.

In April 2019 Kirin and Lion assessed the fair value of the Dairy & Drinks business. The recent impact of extreme weather on the cost and availability of milk, combined with discussions with bidders to date in the sale process, have led Lion and its parent Kirin to take the step of recognising a non-cash write down of the carrying value of Dairy & Drinks, including the cheese business.

Lion’s non-cash write down of AUD 530 million does not impact the future underlying performance of the Dairy & Drinks business, which continues to benefit from a highly attractive portfolio of market-leading brands in growing categories – including milk-based beverages, yoghurt and premium juice.

“We are continuing to consider various pathways forward for the balance of the Dairy & Drinks business and will take the time to ensure we achieve the best possible outcome over the coming period,” Irvine concluded.

Lion has been advised by Deutsche Bank as financial adviser, with King & Wood Mallesons as legal adviser. Greenhill & Co Australia have acted as independent financial adviser to Lion.

Lion’s alcohol businesses in Australia and New Zealand, and its Global Markets business unit, are not affected by the Dairy & Drinks sale process.


This month Dare is set to launch Dare Double Espresso No Sugar Added, a delicious new iced coffee product that has the same taste as Dare Double Espresso, but no sugar has been added to the product, making it a great ‘better for you’ option.

Crafted using the same combination of fresh full cream Australian milk and 100% Robusta and Arabica coffee beans, the product contains only natural milk sugars.

“This new product launch from Dare is a great example of how we are fulfilling the goals of Our Goodness Promise, by introducing better for you versions of beloved products across the Lion Dairy & Drinks portfolio”, said Lion Dairy & Drinks Marketing and Innovation Director Darryn Wallace.

“We believe in providing consumers with choice, and this new product offering is a great way to offer fans of Dare Iced Coffee a range of options to suit their needs at the time of purchase.

We know fans of Dare love the taste of Dare Double Espresso, so we’ve worked hard to ensure Dare Double Espresso No Sugar Added packs the same delicious coffee fix.”

Available in two sizes, 500mL and 750mL, Dare Double Espresso No Sugar Added will launch in Coles from 20 May, followed by Woolworths from 27 May 2019. It is already available in Independent Grocery, Convenience and Local Trade outlets.

To find out more about Dare Double Espresso No Sugar Added visit andDare Iced Coffee Facebook.


The federal government has made changes to the restrictions around skilled migrants working on dairy farms within Australia, effective immediately.

If you currently – or plan to – employ skilled migrant workers on your farm, this information will likely affect you and we have summarised these changes below.

These new regulations are designed to benefit the dairy industry and if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your Farm Services Team to discuss further.

The government has opened a gateway for skilled migrants to move permanently to Australia in a bid to help solve the dairy industry’s labour shortage challenges.

Changes to the Dairy Industry Labour Agreement (DILA) will mean that skilled overseas workers currently on Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visas and the defunct 457-visa can now apply for permanent residency within Australia.

In order to be eligible for this scheme, workers employed under a DILA or 457 must be on either visa for a minimum of three years and be nominated for an Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) visa by the same employer.

This change ensures that the dairy industry is now aligned with regulation within the meat and pork industries, and aims to support the Australian Dairy Industry.

For more information on these changes, please visit Dairy Australia’s employment resource here.


By Kathy Karabatsas, Managing Director, Lion Dairy & Drinks

Lion Dairy & Drinks welcomes the move by Woolworths, ALDI and Coles to increase the price of their respective Retailer Own Brand (ROB) 2L and 3L fresh white milk products by 10 cents per litre, it is something that Lion Dairy & Drinks has consistently advocated for alongside many of our milk suppliers and farmer organisations.

Where we have any Woolworths, ALDI or Coles ROB fresh white milk contracts we will ensure that the full 10 cents per litre on the 2L and 3L volume sold is passed through to the dairy farms supplying Lion Dairy & Drinks in the relevant state.

Woolworths:  We have already put in place a mechanism for ensuring the full 10 cents per litre on the 2L and 3L volume sold is passed through to the dairy farms supplying Lion Dairy & Drinks in Tasmania where we have the contract and for our Far North Queensland suppliers where we contract pack the Parmalat Woolworths ROB contract.

Coles: We are working with Coles to understand their process. Once this is known, we will determine the best way to pass through 100% of the additional funds from the 10 cents per litre increase on 2L and 3L Coles fresh white milk sold to the dairy farms supplying us in the states/regions where we have the contracts – Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Far North Queensland. Once this is known, we will communicate it with our farmers.

ALDI: We are working with Aldi to finalise the best way to pass through 100% of the additional funds from the 10 cents per litre increase on 2L and 3L ALDI Farmdale fresh white milk sold to the dairy farms supplying us in New South Wales and South Australia where we have the contract.

If you have any questions, please speak to your Farm Services representative.



At Lion Dairy & Drinks (LDD), our purpose-led vision is anchored in nutrition for all, and we’re passionate about bringing the benefits of healthy, nourishing food to more people, every day.  That’s why the growing issue of food insecurity – which affected an estimated four million Australians over the past 12 months – is something that we’re determined to help make a difference about in this country.

Sadly, the reality is that far too many people in our community struggle to put nutritious food on the table. This is true particularly for families on low incomes, the elderly and people in regional and remote parts of the country where the ongoing drought has only exacerbated the issue.

That’s why during 2018, LDD was so very proud to once again partner with Foodbank, Australia’s largest food relief charity.  Foodbank operates a life-changing service, distributing food and other essentials to over 700,000 people every month through its network of community organisations and local charities.

In 2018, LDD donated the equivalent of well over 3 million meals to Foodbank.  Specifically, last year through the Foodbank Milk Program, LDD donated 230,000 litres of fresh white milk from our manufacturing sites in Bentley (WA), Salisbury (SA) and Lenah Valley (Tasmania) to people in need. We also donated low code dairy, juice and plant milk products from our sites across Australia and around 150 of our people from across the Lion group volunteered more than 1000 hours of their time through Lion Hearts to sort donations and pack orders at Foodbank warehouses in Victoria and New South Wales.

“Being able to improve the lives of so many people by providing access to safe, nutritious food is not only a privilege, but also a wonderful example of how we are putting our Dairy & Drinks purpose-led vision, and our values, in action,” LDD Managing Director Kathy Karabatsas said.

To learn more about Foodbank visit



Dairy Farmers and Arnott’s have joined forces to deliver a modern twist on some of Australia’s most iconic flavours, with a limited-edition series of unique ‘bikkie’ inspired flavoured milks.

Taking dunking to a whole new level, the two new flavours are a fresh take on some of Australia’s favourite biscuit snacks, Arnott’s Iced VoVo and Arnott’s Mint Slice.

Both are bound to get taste-buds tingling and are made with real ingredients; peppermint oil infuses the Mint Slice and the Iced VoVo resounds of fresh raspberry jam.

Consumers will be quick to say ‘you had me at VoVo’ when they taste these delicious new treats, the perfect choice for consumers who want to indulge in a trip down memory lane.

Cleverly carving themselves a new slice of the snacking market, Dairy Farmers looks forward to bringing joy to the millions of Australians who grew up (and are still) eating Arnott’s biscuits.

Darryn Wallace, Marketing & Innovation Director at Lion Dairy & Drinks said: “We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Arnott’s, a brand that is synonymous with the arvo snack.

“While I love the classic choccy milk, this partnership presents a great opportunity to bring some fresh, yet reminiscent flavours to the market.”

Both products will launch nationwide in Independent Grocery and Convenience stores this April, with Coles and Woolworths supermarkets stocking the range from May 20. As this is a limited-edition release, consumers wanting to sip their way down bikkie lane are encouraged to get in fast to avoid missing out.


St Kilda Football Club is thrilled to announce Complete Dairy as its recovery partner.

Complete Dairy is made through a cold filtration process that naturally increases the protein and decreases lactose levels*.

A staple of many sporting clubs and organisations one glass (250mL) of Complete Dairy milk contains 15g of whole protein; an essential part of a healthy and balanced diet.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Complete Dairy on board,” Saints General Manager of Commercial Chris Larkins said.

“Complete Dairy products are perfect for assisting athletes in their recovery and allowing them to easily get protein hits throughout the day.

“This partnership further exemplifies our commitment to health and wellbeing right across the club and we’re very excited to have Complete Dairy join us in this mission.”

Complete Dairy is also the official milk partner of the Australian Institute of Sport and is stocked in both Coles and Woolworths supermarkets in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia and local Independent stores in South Australia and Victoria.

“We are proud to be partnering with St Kilda to support the players with their recovery and help them keep their bodies in top condition for the season ahead,” Lion Dairy & Drinks Marketing and Innovation Director Darryn Wallace said.

“Complete Dairy High Protein milk can be enjoyed by everyone as a part of a balanced diet, and we are excited to be able to share it with the broader St Kilda football community.”

Saints’ Performance Dietitian Alison Miles said the players’ fridge was fully stocked with Complete Dairy High Protein Milk.

“The players can help themselves and can drink it straight, on cereal or in a smoothie. It can be for before training for fuelling or afterwards for recovery – both refuelling and rebuilding,” Alison said.

She said drinking Complete Dairy was an easy way for footballers to get plenty of protein from a food source.

Complete Dairy milk is a great ‘food-first’ option to help them achieve their protein goals while also fuelling them with essential carbs and strengthening their bones with calcium.”

*The Complete Dairy Milk contains 70% more protein and 25% less lactose compared to regular full cream milk with 3.4% protein and 4.4% lactose.


• Protein is just as important for everyday wellness as it is for sports performance
• The Complete Dairy High Protein Milk provides 15g of protein in a 250mL glass of milk.
• It is rich in natural dairy protein.
• It contains 70% more protein compared to full cream milk
• Official milk partner of the AIS


Delegates to the Australian Dairy Conference will visit LDD supplier Colin Thompson at his Holstein Friesian cattle farm in Cowra for an inside look at local farms.

The visit will be part of the pre-conference tour and Colin will share his story on-site navigating dairy herd through drought with the use of free stall barns for young stock.

The Australian Dairy Conference in February offers a program aimed at encouraging collaboration and exploration of new ideas beyond the farm gate.

International experts have joined to offer a program that will include topics such as leadership, antibiotic use, genetics and dairy diet wars.

Speakers and debates within the conference will explore how the Australian dairy industry is currently placed, how it is positioned for the future, and how we can learn from global best practice.

The conference will be held at the Hotel Realm in Canberra from 19-21 February 2019.

Pre Conference Tour:
Monday 18 February – Central NSW
ADC offers delegates an opportunity to visit farms in the region surrounding Canberra in Central NSW with a chance to tour dairy related businesses and farms enhancing your ADC exposure and networking. In 2019, ADC takes delegates on a revealing tour to Australia’s biggest single-site dairy farm at Moxey with farm tour, discussions and dinner on site. Overnight at Cowra.

Tuesday 19 February
Delegates will head to Colin Thompson (2018 ADC presenter) farm at Cowra where he will share his story on-site navigating dairy herd through drought with the use of free stall barns for young stock. Lunch before heading back to Canberra by 4.30pm.

To find out what is happening throughout the event, take a look at the program here.

To find out more details and to register for tickets, visit


Last night King Island Dairy’s Roaring Forties Blue was named the 2019 Grand Champion Cheese at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards.

It was one of two of Lion Dairy & Drinks’ (Lion’s) specialty cheeses that were honoured at the 2019 Australian Grand Dairy Awards – the annual celebration of quality, excellence and innovation within the Australian dairy industry.

Tasmanian Heritage’s Red Square was also named Champion Washed Rind/Mixed Rind cheese.

The prestigious Annual Grand Dairy Awards represent the best of the dairy business across all categories, and to be eligible products must have been awarded a gold medal at a state-based championship, ensuring that competition continues to be of an exceptional standard.

Furthermore, products must be made solely from Australian milk, helping to support the dairy industry within Australia.

Cameron Bruce, the General Manager, Cheese, at Lion Dairy & Drinks, says: “it is a fantastic honour for King Island’s Roaring Forties to have been named Grand Champion Cheese,” he said.

“This is a true testament to the hard work of our King Island Dairy and Tasmanian Heritage teams, as well as the fantastic dairy farmers that supply milk to Lion.

“We hope that these awards encourage even more people to try our King Island Dairy and Tasmanian Heritage cheese for themselves, as we know once people taste them they understand what makes these cheeses so special!”

King Island Dairy’s Roaring Forties Blue is made on King Island from milk sourced from local farms.

Tasmanian Heritage’s Red Square cheese is manufactured at Lion’s Burnie site, which produces over 1,500 tonnes of Tasmanian Heritage cheese annually.