News

Super news as local milk flows to Coles stores

FRESH START: Store manager Frank McDermott is excited to see Big River Milk flying off the shelf at Grafton Mall Coles.
FRESH START: Store manager Frank McDermott is excited to see Big River Milk flying off the shelf at Grafton Mall Coles.

IT STARTED just over a year ago when Southgate dairy farmers Jo and Rod Madden installed a processing and bottling plant on their property and launched their brand, Big River Milk.

Big River now supplies 13 Coles supermarkets between Toormina and Ocean Shores with four more to come in the next few weeks.

Coles Grafton Mall manager Frank McDermott said he was thrilled to see the local milk in store.

"My customers have been calling for us to supply it for a long time and now we have started stocking it, it's been flying off the shelf," Mr McDermott said.

"They love it. All my team have sampled it and they love it too. It's so fresh - it's as fresh as you can get and you know where it's coming from. I see it as a great opportunity to help local people and it makes me feel proud."

Jo Madden said the 12 months had been great.

"It's great to see it on the shelves at Coles - even my son took a photo and sent it to me when it first went in," Jo said.

"We're slowly increasing herd numbers and have a lot of new heifers coming.

"Our intention has always been to bottle everything we produce.

"The factory is going well and we have a unique situation in that Richmond Dairies will take any milk we have over, so there's never been any wastage."

The highlight of the past year was picking up several awards from the 2014 Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show, including Dairy Australia Champion, knocking out some of the country's biggest brands.

But finding the right employees to fill two farm roles had been frustrating.

After a news story aired on Prime News on Tuesday night, the business was inundated with job applications but all of them failed to address the main requirements of the position.

"What we're looking for is someone who has experience with cattle and who wants to work in the industry," she said.

"Someone with some basic animal sense."

Topics:  big river milk, coles, milk, supermarket




Calls for suspension of fishing industry changes

"The livelihoods of many family-run businesses are under threat"

Is grazing on marginal land really sustainable?

Successive governments fail to heed repeated warnings

Fears for welfare of missing horse trainer

Trainer of Grafton Cup Prelude winner Zar Zar Binks Bindi Cheers has a joke with jokcey Matt Paget at the presentation. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Bindi Cheers was last seen at Hawkesbury Race Club

Latest deals and offers

Matilda The Musical's clean sweep at Helpmann Awards

A scene from Matilda The Musical.

TIM Minchin-scored production enjoys record awards haul.

Harry's MasterChef exit makes way for all-Noosa grand final

Harry Foster congratulates MasterChef finalists Elena Duggan and Matt Sinclair after a closely-fought semi-final.

YOUNG Rocky-born cook now working in his dream job in Tasmania.

Kim Kardashian West bemused by selfie 'drama'

Kim didn't expect her naked selfie to cause the stir it did

Alicia Vikander hasn't been home since Oscars

Alicia Vikander "hasn't been home" for nearly nine months.

Tom Hiddleston not worried about relationship attention

Attention doesn't bother 'authentic' Hiddleston

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field to expand family?

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field want more children.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started