Milk the old fashioned way for Motueka
Milk to your door in glass bottles is continuing to make a come back and now Motueka has jumped on the flashback bandwagon.
Milk and More has been delivering glass-bottled Oaklands Milk from Cable Bay to Wakefield since April 2016 but with customers reaching out from Motueka to supply milk the old fashioned way, the Tasman town has a new set of wheels frequenting the area.
Starting Motueka deliverys at the end of September, Milk and More manager Bill Stansbury said ‘‘loads’’ of businesses and individuals were getting on board the service of milk to your door.
‘‘Three days ago it was 35, it’s now 45, I’m going up there today and it will be 55 by end of the day.’’
Milk and More has been delivering milk for 20 years, has eight trucks on the road and 1500 customers using the service which includes various New Zealand milks in plastic bottles along with Oaklands glass bottled variety.
Stansbury said 99 per cent of the milk deliveries in Motueka were in glass.
While people were still cottoning on to the old school way of getting milk, he said ‘‘huge amounts’’ of people were ‘‘absolutely loving it’’.
A gradual change in milk acts over the years, including supermarkets being authorised to operate as milk vendors in 1987, led to a fast decline in the 90s of households being visited by the milkman.
The trend of having a milkman is coming back, Stansbury said.
‘‘It feels really great to get something delivered to your door, like old fashioned style.
‘‘That’s why all old fashioned things are super popular still, because people love them.’’
And it’s not just the generation who remember the milkman who are reverting back to getting milk without leaving the house.
‘‘You’d be surprised, there are a lot of young people who are also interested.
‘‘I think that the younger people are more interested in the nutritional value of the [Oaklands] milk.’’
Based in Stoke Nelson, Oaklands Milk is pasteurised but has nothing added to it and nothing taken away.
Oaklands Milk farmer Julian Raine said ‘‘10 per cent of Nelson’’ was drinking Oaklands.
The use of glass had saved over half a million plastic bottles going to landfill just in 2017, he said.
‘‘I think it is a great achievement. We’ve done that from a standing start just over four years ago.
‘‘We try to be use sustainable products rather than throw it away kind of stuff - we hate that, so that’s what’s driven us to glass.’’
He said since earlier this year, Oaklands had supplied one third of Motueka cafes including Kai Waka, Toad Hall, Smoking Barrel and Riwaka’s Mrs Smith’s Cafe.
Most cafes in Nelson also use our milk, Raine said.
‘‘We’ve got a reasonable market share in Richmond’’ and all but one restaurant in Mapua.
While the pull of recyclable containers drew in hospitality businesses, Raine said the A2 tested milk also tasted great.
‘‘It just makes their coffee complete.’’
Oaklands Milk farmer Julian Raine and Bill Stansbury of Milk and More.