Feature image via @farmersunion
Yesterday, it was announced that Kirin Holdings and Lion have reached an agreement to sell the Lion Dairy & Drinks business to the China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited (Mengniu Dairy) for AUD $600 million.
The sale includes all white milk, milk-based beverages, yoghurt, juice and water ice brands and assets. And yes, that includes Dare and Farmers Union iced coffee, Dairy Farmers and Pura Classic flavoured milk, and Vitasoy and coconut milk.
The agreement also includes Lion Dairy & Drinks’ International business, and Dairy & Drinks’ share of the joint ventures Vitasoy Australia Products and Capitol Chilled Foods Australia and Dairy & Drinks’ licensing agreement for the Yoplait brand.
Whilst Famers Union hasn’t been in South Australian hands for some time, the recent acquisition seems to be a timely reminder to consider the products produced right here in our own state.
So, what are some of the South Australian alternatives you can look out for if you’re keen to buy locally owned products?
In terms of iced coffee, legendary South Australian business Bickford’s recently released a new range, with Extra Shot, Classic, and Almond options on offer.
The farm grown, family made Nippy’s produce fruit juices as well as flavoured milk products, including iced coffee.
The Fleurieu Milk Company, South Australian owned and operated, makes its iced coffee with full cream milk and premium Monjava Coffee.
If you’re more of a general dairy fan, Golden North is also proudly South Australian made and owned, and known for its milk and ice-cream.
Lion’s alcohol businesses in Australia and New Zealand, and its global Lion Little World Beverages business is not affected by the Dairy and Drinks sale process.
Stay tuned for updates.