Supporting local dairy producers
Queenslanders get behind the plight of their milk producers by only selling branded milk
BIGGENDEN Food & Fuel is supporting dairy farmers by only stocking Pauls branded milk, but at a cost to the business.
Owners Brett and Bonnie Scovell have halved their profit margin in support of what they believe in.
Mr Scovell didn’t realise what was happening within the dairy industry until he read the media stories.
“This is not the only incidence of how major competitors affect profitability of local markets,” he said.
“Dairy farmers are not the only ones committing suicide or going bankrupt.”
Mr Scovell said Australian and independently owned mum and dad businesses were becoming extinct.
“If we were animals we would be on the endangered list while government assistance would be put in place to ensure our survival,” he said.
“However with rising costs and competing against Coles and Woolworths, our future is bleak.”
Mr Scovell said for Biggenden as a town to become financially better off, residents must support their local businesses as they support them.
“By buying local, in this case milk and not generic brands, we support a dairy farmer like Robbie,” he said.
“In turn he makes a profit, maybe the first for a long time. This profit is then spent locally, which creates a flow-on effect to employment and other businesses.
“Think twice, do what’s right, invest in your town and we will grow as a whole.”
SUPPORTING DAIRY FARMERS: Biggenden Food and Fuel's Brett Scovell is now only stocking his fridge with Pauls branded milk.