News & Events
Remembering Alan ‘Big Al’ Steinert
On Christmas Eve 2016 the Fleurieu Milk Family lost not just a team member but a great friend. Alan Steinert, or Big Al as some of us like to call him, had been with Fleurieu Milk Company from the very beginning.
In 2003 Farming in Myponga was financially difficult. However when Geoff, Barry, Chris and families brainstormed the idea of establishing Fleurieu Milk Company, the wheels of change were in motion.
Between 2003 and June 2006 when the first bottle of milk came off the production line, the 3 families made a wise and prolific decision. They joined forces with 2 gentleman who would control distribution and get the product off the ground in the market place. John Maidment was the first distribution manager sourced.
The second, Alan Steinert was a former bank manager and current café owner in Seaford looking for a career change. Together John and Alan made Fleurieu Milk their own and began building our market.
We still laugh about the first day we bottled 100 litres of milk, watched Alan pack it in the back of the van and drive around the Fleurieu Peninsula giving it away. Compare that to today where 7-8 trucks leave daily transporting thousands of litres around SA and beyond.
Alan, it is impossible to measure the impact you have made on Fleurieu Milk over the past 10 years. Your achievements were simply remarkable. We are extremely grateful for the passion and dedication you showed for our company, but most of all we treasure the mateships we were able to build with you.
We know how proud you were of what we’ve built at Fleurieu Milk. We can guarantee you we will continue to expand and teaching people the benefits of drinking quality milk. It is so easy to picture your smile as you hear January was another record month for us.
Once again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts Big Al.
R.I.P., forever in our thoughts.
Fleurieu Takes Homes SA Food Primary Producer Award
Fleurieu Milk Company are humbled to have capped off an impressive year with a prestigious award win in the 2016 South Australian Food Industry Awards Program. Winning the Thomas Foods International Primary Producer Award at the celebration gala dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday, November 25, 2016 is extremely pleasing.
The Primary Producer Award recognises an establishment that has demonstrated excellence in the sustainable production of safe, high quality food and contributed towards the positive profile of agribusiness.
We’d particularly like to thank the people of South Australia for supporting Fleurieu Milk Company at a time when the independent dairy farmers needed it most. This has been a huge year for not only us but our industry as we independent dairy farmers have banded together to fight this year’s price cuts imposed by major dairy producers.
The support we have received is most humbling and is further proof that Australians are increasingly getting behind local primary producers and their products.
To be listed amongst companies such as Golden North, Robert Menz, Spring Gully and Bickfords doesn’t seem right but it is something we are very proud of.
We are looking forward to taking another step forward in 2017 and continuing to ensure our farmers are sustainable long term.
Fleurieu Milk Join the Team at South Adelaide Football Club
Fleurieu Milk Company have recently become a major sponsor of the South Adelaide Football Club for the next 2 years.
The partnership will see the Fleurieu Milk Company logo appear on South Adelaide’s game-day shorts. On top of this all dairy products used in South Adelaide’s bistro, Jimmy Deane’s, and game day catering outlets will be supplied by Fleurieu Milk.
“In a time where it is becoming increasingly important to buy local and support home-grown products, South Adelaide are excited to be able to connect with such a prominent brand within our Zone,” said South Adelaide Chief Executive Officer Neill Sharpe.
“It is great to know that when people come to eat at our bistro that we can confidently say they are supporting South Australian produce through our use of Fleurieu Milk products. Fleurieu Milk’s support will also help us to continue to grow our senior and junior football programs, which we see as a great win-win for the southern community”.
Fleurieu Milk Company General Manager Nick Hutchinson said supporting a fellow South Australian organisation was important in their decision to partner with the Panthers.
“Fleurieu Milk are extremely excited to be partnering with the South Adelaide Football Club in what will no doubt be a long term relationship,” said Mr Hutchinson.
“South Adelaide play a critical role in the southern suburbs community and want to enhance this even further going forward. We are proud to link with likeminded organisations and know that together we can continue to play our role in growing and improving the Southern region.”
If you also want to get behind the South Adelaide Football Club and be a part of the team, please consider becoming a member by visiting www.safc.com.au/membership or contacting the club on (08) 8186 8200.
We look forward to joining you in the stands as we watch the Panthers kick away to another victory in 2017.
Fleurieu Milk Company is excited to welcome Tony Modra to our team in a Corporate Relations and Sales role. Tony will work for Fleurieu Milk in conjunction with our partners, the Little Heroes Foundation, in a position that will only further enhance our strong relationship.
Tony has had past involvement on the farms at Fleurieu Milk Company where he moved cattle for many years. Through this he built strong relationships with our farmers, so when the opportunity arose for Tony to join the team, we were very excited.
Whilst Tony is one of the most recognised faces in Australian sport, it is his love for regional South Australia and local business that makes him a great fit at Fleurieu Milk. Tony’s network throughout South Australia is also sure to create opportunities for us to continue to grow and enter new markets.
Just as important as Modra joining the team is the additional benefits we obtain from linking even closer with the Little Heroes Foundation. We hold this affiliation very close to our hearts and love the fact we are able to contribute to the seriously ill children they support. We have now increased our contribution to a minimum of $75,000 per annum and aim to get it beyond 6 figures in the near future.
If your business would like to use our products or do a Little Heroes fundraiser involving Tony Modra and Fleurieu Milk, please contact the office on (08) 8558 6020.
Jersey Unhomogenised Wins State Delicious Produce Award
On August 5th 2016 Fleurieu Milk Company were awarded the South Australian Delicious Produce Award for our Jersey Premium Unhomogenised Milk.
We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality milk, so to be recognised as the best in the State is extremely satisfying and humbling.
Our Jersey premium milk is sourced from Bazz and Merridie’s Jersey herd in Myponga. In order to meet demand they have just increased this herd size by another 100 cows. This is a positive not only for the dairy industry but also consumers, who are now ensured we can supply even more Jersey Premium milk.
The milk has now been sent away to be judged against the winners from other states for the chance to win a gold medal and be named the national winner.
We look forward to updating you on how we go.
Hey Day Butter launch in South Australia
Heather Day is a bubbly, energised South Australian who is making her mark in the food industry. Heather was one of the strongest contestants in 2016’s MasterChef TV series where she was mentored by George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston.
Combining her talents as a chef with a diploma in management, a bachelor of business, and experience as a marketing manager, Heather is in the perfect position to launch her own product range and that is exactly what she’s done.
Introducing Hey Day Butter, a fun and unique innovation on a popular dairy product.
Sourcing cream and yoghurt from the Fleurieu Milk Company, Heather's range of flavoured butters are guaranteed to be of the highest quality.
We are honoured Heather has chosen to work with Fleurieu Milk to launch Hey Day flavoured butters and look forward to working together to further promote quality South Australian produce.
If you want to try Hey Day Butter you will find it at the Adelaide Central Markets, Plant 4 Bowden Markets, and the Market Shed in SA.
For more information please visit: www.heatherday.com.au
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Royal Adelaide Show
Fleurieu Milk Company is extremely proud to have begun what will undoubtedly be a long term partnership with the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society. Whilst Fleurieu Milk has only 10 years experience compared to the RA&HS, whose history dates back to 1839, we believe our joint vision for the industry and the direction we want to head in makes this partnership a perfect fit.
We have a common goal to see farming remain sustainable, to educate the public about the importance of primary production, and to strengthen the South Australian economy.
Fleurieu Milk Company aims to become South Australia’s premium dairy producer and the Royal Adelaide Show offers the perfect opportunity for us to showcase our products and business ethics to over half a million South Australians in a 10 day period. This can’t be achieved at any other event in SA.
This partnership means that every coffee made not only during the Adelaide Show, but 365 days a year in the Showground, will be made using Fleurieu Milk. We believe this will be mutually beneficial for Fleurieu Milk as well as visitors to the Showground, who will enjoy a better tasting coffee.
We look forward to building a strong partnership with the RA&HS and working together to continue promoting the importance of supporting local businesses in the primary production industry.