Milk the old fash­ioned way for Motueka

The Leader (Tasman) - - FRONT PAGE - CARLY GOOCH

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.’’

BRADEN FASTIER/ THE LEADER

Oak­lands Milk farmer Ju­lian Raine and Bill Stans­bury of Milk and More.

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