Lion Dairy & Drinks’ drought relief fund reaches $1m milestone

Lion Dairy & Drinks’ (Lion) Be True Blue Farmer Drought Fund has raised $1m, which will start to be distributed to our drought-affected farmers from next week.

The Fund was launched in October to raise money for Lion Dairy & Drinks’ dairy farmers impacted by drought in New South Wales, South East Queensland and Northern Victoria. Funds are being raised via a temporary 10 cent-per-litre wholesale price increase for all Dairy Farmers and Pura 1L, 2L and 3L fresh white milk sold to participating retail outlets across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria until 31 January 2019.

Every cent of the funds raised in each state is being distributed to drought-affected dairy farmers in that state who supply Lion Dairy & Drinks either directly or through the Dairy Farmers Milk Cooperative (DFMC).

The campaign has been spearheaded by open letters to the Australian public from dairy farmers in South East Queensland, New South Wales and Northern Victoria who supply Lion Dairy & Drinks, explaining first-hand the impact of the drought and the difference that purchasing 1L, 2L or 3L Pura and Dairy Farmers branded fresh milk from selected retailers is making for them.

The campaign was initially planned for limited print and radio executions, but was rapidly scaled up to include print, radio, out-of-home, television and digital, based on significant media company support for the campaign.

Lion Dairy & Drinks’ Managing Director Kathy Karabatsas said: “With 100 per cent of New South Wales drought-declared, along with areas across Northern Victoria and South East Queensland, we know that many of our dairy farmers are doing it tough.”

“Our campaign has now raised one million dollars, all of which will go directly to our dairy farmers in NSW, Northern Victoria and South East Queensland and we are hoping we can give more back with the sales in coming months.”

“We want the public to know that purchasing 1L, 2L or 3L Pura and Dairy Farmers branded fresh milk from selected retailers does make a difference, and that our farmers are benefiting from the extra 10 cents per litre that consumers pay.

“So if you don’t normally buy Pura or Dairy Farmers white milk, please be true blue and buy a bottle this week as every bottle bought makes a difference.”

In addition to the campaign, Lion Dairy & Drinks has launched a website for consumers who want to know more about the current drought and its impact on their dairy farmers in New South Wales, South East Queensland and Northern Victoria, at:

Lion Dairy & Drinks is committed to playing its part to help its dairy farmers through the drought crisis and in addition to establishing the Be True Blue Drought Relief Fund has taken a number of other steps including:

• Offering farmers impacted by the drought across NSW access to interest-free loans to purchase feed, under The Lion Dairy Pride Forage Loan Scheme;
• Offering farmers access to discounted feed such as brewers’ grain and citrus pulp, which is sourced from Lion’s alcohol and juice operations;
• Helping to fund productivity improvements on farm through the Lion Dairy Pride Landcare Grants Scheme;
• Helping farmers improve all areas of their businesses, from milk quality through to effective business management, through Lion’s Dairy Pride online self-assessment tool; and
• Continuing to offer our Lion Dairy Pride Farmer Support Program – an independent and confidential 24-hour counseling support service to our farmers, their families and staff, to help them address any personal issues and access further support if needed.

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