Greg Dennis is a living legend.
Greg and his family have made milk at their Scenic Rim dairy for over 70 years. He recently rejected the renewal contract offered by his processor as it wouldn’t have covered his costs. Rather than go under like 70 of the other local dairies did, Greg wants to sell his milk direct to us – so he’s putting his farm on the line to set up equipment on site and he’s going to produce, process, bottle and distribute his own milk. This is a make or break for the farm his grandfather started in 1936. Greg is also keen to produce milk that’s minimally processed, that is as close as possible to what’s produced on farm. And he’s selling it locally – throughout the Scenic Rim including Beaudesert, Boonah, Canungra, Mt Tamborine and down to the Gold Coast.
I think we should all rally behind Greg and give him a go
What can you do? Here are some actionable steps:
1. Listen to this interview on the ABC
2. Like his biz on facebook
3. Buy his milk from the local IGA. Look for the label Scenic Rim 4 Real Milk – available from May
Here is his story so far:
- Recovery from clinical depression to fight back against the supermarket milk wars
- Rejection of Parmalat’s (large French owned international conglomerate) contract as he realised he couldn’t survive on the price they were offering
- Witnessing several close friends lose their farms
- Taking on great financial risk to save the farm that’s been with his family for many decades
- Greg has also opened his dairy farm to tour groups
- Launching Scenic Rim 4 Real Milk in May
- 100% Australian owned, family run dairy….how many of those are left!
Coles recently announced the extension of its milk wars by another 6 months. The question must be asked how long the few remaining Australian owned dairies can remain viable. We are already importing 50 million litres of milk from interstate this year…next year the figure is forecast to be 100 million litres.
We need to get behind someone like Greg who is willing to try everything to save his farm and his family’s future