A2 milk co is a NZ company but the 2 Aussie companies own most of it!
I buy coles brand,
frankly it comes from the same two companies as the branded stuff, these companies pay the same price per liter no matter what brand you buy,
all branded milk does is put a higher profit into coles and the companies that buy the raw milk,
the pressure needs to be put on THEM (either by the people or the government) to pay a set lowest amount, do you think they'll care that their profits suddenly jump? do you think it'll make them willing to pay more per liter for the raw milk?
So, the way the dairy industry works is some guy in a suit crunches some numbers, predicts how much milk solids will be required in the future, depending on demand by consumer and international buyers, and then sets a price for the farmers per kg of milk solids.
Now- if they have predicted x amount will be needed and only y amount sells- everyone is in the shiz because they don't make enough coin to pay the famers and so farm gate prices have to be lowered. (Despite the massive company profits. Don't get me started on that. The way MG has been mismanaged since newly retired CEO was employed reads like a "how to" of running a perfectly good business into the ground.)
So. This is why it's important we support brand names. Even if that brand name is produced by MG or fonterra. The farmers are locked into contracts with these companies and can't just shop around for a better deal on their product. If the companies don't make a certain amount, it will become even worse for the farmers. The farmers are who I feel for.
I live in a heavily dairy populated area. And there are milk factories a plenty. The farmers are on suicide watch. We've lost at least 7 this week already. So but branded dairy for them. Even if it's produced by fonterra or MG.
I personally always buy branded milk- I don't actually notice a difference in taste, it's just because it's always been known around here that $1 per litre milk prices were never going to do good things for the dairy industry.
...that's my take on it anyway. It's a huge and complex issue with layers of contributing factors so I fully accept if I have got the facts wrong.
As for local milk op- it depends on where exactly you live. I'm in vic too but my local milk could be different to your local milk
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