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SA cheesemakers announce $15m partnership with local farmers

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South Australian cheesemakers La Casa Del Formaggio have formed a partnership with six local dairy farms to begin the direct supply of farm milk.

The two-year contract will provide the family-run business with fresh milk seven days a week from the Myponga/ Mt. Compass area.

“We are delighted to form partnerships with local family farms. We think our customers will be pleased to know the majority of our milk is produced right in our own backyard,” said La Casa Del Formaggio managing director Claude Cicchiello.

The deal which is said to be worth $15m, is designed to be mutually beneficial for both the cheese company and the farmers, with protections in place against harsh fluctuations in the milk market.

“The idea was formed to create stability for both our business and the farms,” said Cicchiello. “With this security, our farmers can invest in their farms and grow their herds knowing they will always receive a good price for their milk. This in turn helps our company because we know we will have consistent supply of good quality milk at fair prices which helps our business to grow.”

Gino Pacitti, a spokesperson for the group of farmers said that deal will enable those involved to make long-term strategic decisions.

“This will enable us not only to stabilize our current business, but it will give us the capacity to grow and evolve,” says Pacitti. “This partnership provides lasting stability and security for our next generations.”

The company, now entering its 25th year, makes over 20 authentic Italian cheese products for the national retail market under the La Casa Del Formaggio brand at their factory in Glynde, South Australia.

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