Parmalat has confirmed that it will continue to buy more than eight million litres of milk a year from Malanda processor Lion Dairy to support local farmers.
The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS) awarded the milk tender to service all of its health facilities – believed to be worth about $300,000 – to the southern-based Parmalat Australia.
Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation state councillor James Geraghty said it was good Parmalat had expressing intent to continue to support the local industry.
“We’re not asking for a free kick or anything like that,” he said. “We just need to make sure this deal comes out with local suppliers and conforms with the State Government’s mantra of ‘buy local’ and cut down on food miles and reduce the carbon footprint.”