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TAS Country : August 5th 2010
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, August 6, 2010 News Dairy farmers urged to milk momentum' From Page 9 farmers' battle for fair milk prices was over, it was no time to rest. ''Although dairy farmers rea- ched a resolution with National Foods, in my view it's the eye of the storm,'' she said. ''There's a bit of calm now but the reality is there is going to be ongoing volatility in milk prices.'' Opposition agriculture spokes- man Richard Colbeck said the Coalition was absolutely commit- ted to securing the future of Tasmania's and Australia's dairy industry. ''The coalition has al- ready announced a root-and- branch review of the Trade Prac- tices Act to help ease the burdens on small businesses, including dairy farmers,'' he said. ''This will address the key el- ements of the Senate inquiry's recommendations particularly re- lating to competition and the contractual relationship between dairy farmers and processors. ''We are particularly interested in further investigating the effects of supermarket branded milk on the supply chain.'' SWEET: Chef Joe Guzzardi with some strawberry jam. What started out with half a dozen bottles of sauce at the Evandale Market has gone on to become one of the state's most recognisable food brands. By Karolin MacGregor JOHNNO'S Homemade is expanding even more after being bought by Tasmanian-owned Chefs 1st Choice about 15 months go.Phyllis Johnson and her son Scott, who started the product line, made the de- cision to sell the business after it simply outgrew them. Mrs Johnson said it got to the point where they were working 18-hour days at their Invermay home kitchen and were strug- gling to keep up with de- mand. Chefs 1st Choice, owned by Grant Neighbour, is a wholesale manufacturer of food products based at a specially designed com- mercial kitchen, storage and packing facility at In- vermay, Launceston. Operations manager Ro- wan Bowles said Johnno's Homemade had been an excellent addition to Chefs 1st Choice because it fitted in well with the existing business, which provides top-quality wholesale food products to a number of business across the state, including TT Line and Fed- eral Group. Mr Bowles said after spending the past seven years establishing the Chefs 1st Choice brand, they fully appreciated the value of an existing brand such as Johnno's Home- made. With specially designed cooking facilities, Mr Bow- les said they were able to increase production of Jo- hnno's products, while still maintaining the same ex- cellent quality and unique homestyle cooking flavours. ''One of the main things we're very aware of is, this is an established brand and people have an expec- tation about the quality of the products, so maintain- ing that is definitely a priority for us,'' he said. There are now about 40 products in the Johnno's range, with products avail- able in different sizes. Mr Bowles said they tried to source as much of the raw ingredients as possible from Tasmanian producers. ''It is seasonal, but we want to support local bu- sinesses and suppliers, so whenever we can we try to get our products from Tas- mania,'' he said. Mr Bowles said large freezer capacity at one of their food storage facilities enabled them to keep prod- ucts bought in bulk until
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