Goat milk com­pany chas­ing sup­pli­ers

CapriLac says its plan for growth is gen­er­at­ing in­ter­est from goat farm­ers in the Waikato, re­ports Ali Tocker.

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

An Aus­tralasian goat milk com­pany, CapriLac, is look­ing to ex­pand ‘‘in a cau­tious way’’ in the Waikato. Co-owner Ru­pert Soar said the fam­i­ly­owned com­pany was ad­ver­tis­ing for goat farm­ers who were in­ter­ested in sell­ing their goat milk or leas­ing their op­er­a­tions.

The com­pany had re­ceived ‘‘quite a bit of in­ter­est’’, and was fol­low­ing up leads, Mr Soar said.

Farm­ers did not need to buy shares to get in­volved, as the com­pany was not a co­op­er­a­tive.

CapriLac is a niche sup­plier owned by two farm­ing fam­i­lies – Mr Soar and his wife Cather­ine Tay­lor in New Zealand, and Aus­tralian-based hus­band and wife team John Gom­mans and Penny Gan­dar.

The New Zealand farm is in Puke­taha by Gor­don­ton, north of Hamil­ton, and has about 2000 saa­nen goats.

The Aus­tralian farm is in the dairy­ing area of Gipp­s­land, Vic­to­ria – about two hours south­east of Mel­bourne. It has more than 5000 goats. ‘‘We are look­ing to grow our busi­ness in the Waikato in a cau­tious way, not in a huge way,’’ Mr Soar said.

‘‘We are not a mas­sive com­pany. We don’t want the busi­ness to be boom and bust.’’

CapriLac did not see it­self as be­ing in com­pe­ti­tion with the Waikato-based New Zealand Dairy Goat Co-op­er­a­tive.

‘‘The co-op­er­a­tive has done a really great job and has strong ex­port mar­kets,’’ Mr Soar said.

‘‘They are a lot big­ger than us. Our fo­cus has tended to be more on lo­cal mar­kets.

‘‘We’re look­ing to con­tinue to or­gan­i­cally grow that area. We have a cou­ple of grow­ing con­tracts in Aus­tralia and off­shore and we’re look­ing to grow those.

‘‘We’re con­scious not to try to do too many things too fast,’’ he said.

In Aus­tralia, the com­pany sells CapriLac-branded goat’s milk, cheese, yo­ghurt and milk pow­der in out­lets such as su­per­mar­kets and has some overseas mar­kets.

In New Zealand, the com­pany sells fresh milk to cheese­mak­ers, and makes its own cheese and milk pow­der to sell in Aus­tralia and other ex­port mar­kets.

CapriLac started life in New Zealand about eight years ago.

It set up in Aus­tralia the fol­low­ing year.

CAU­TIOUS GROWTH: CapriLac said it does not see it­self as be­ing in com­pe­ti­tion with New Zealand Dairy Goat Co-op­er­a­tive.

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