Who is JBMilko?

Owners and hands on operators Jamie and Liz Biggar and our trusted staff consist of Stuart, Pat, Ash, Mal, Alex and Carly. Jamie doesn’t do much of the delivery now as, as the business has grown so has the paperwork, but he likes to go and call on our customers, just to see how things are going if everything is o.k., but really it’s to have a chat. Building a relationship with our customers, is a very important part of our business, without them we don’t have a business. Liz has had a few trips in the trucks as a trusty ‘side kick’ when the time has arose, but spends most of her time in the office processing the orders, she has also done the odd evenings picking of orders even though the guys are much quicker, she is usually more accurate in her picking.

Jamie has had a life time of working with milk, from growing up on a local dairy farm, to then working at the then processing and bottling factory in Brook Street, to working for a milk vendor. Then making the move with the assistance of his wife to own their own milk run, first as house vendors to then buying their first wholesale milk run, and then another and then another. We started out with Jamie and 1 other employee and just 1 truck, starting at 2.30am picking the orders then go out, delivering. To now owning 3 trucks and employing 3 full time and 2 casual drivers and a sales rep. We now kick off at 4.00am, as we now load the trucks the previous afternoon, delivering to half of Toowoomba, from the CBD to Kitchener Street, back to Glenvale out to the University across to Middle Ridge. Our employees and their families are all local. Liz also has grown up locally and after finishing school got a job at an Aged Care facility where she was working in the office as a debtor and creditor clerk, which had put her in good stead for running our office, and after 10 years she left to start a family.

We have 3 children, who are all quite active, so our time is divided with work and running around after the kids for school and sport. Were possible we have provided financial sponsorship to the sporting clubs and schools our kids are involved in as well as others. And at times ‘shouting’ the kids with flavoured milks and or drinks after training or at end of season break ups. The kids love it! We currently provide milk to a not for profit organisation, ‘Toowoomba Clubhouse’ which is doing great work within the Toowoomba area.

Who is Dairy Famrers

Dairy Farmers hasn't become one of Australia's most trusted dairy brands overnight. Since 1900, our dedicated farmers have been producing quality milk with a little help 'from the girls'. Our range of quality dairy products have been enjoyed by Australian families for generations. We hope it's enjoyed for many generations to come.

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1900s

1900 
The Dairy Farmers Co-operative Milk Co. was formed on January 15, 1900. Sixty five stakeholders, many of them dairy farmers from the New South Wales Illawarra region, came together and agreed to run the new organisation on 'true co-operative lines'. The Co-operative was formed with the purpose to help dairy farmers market their milk and butter directly to consumers in the city.

1920s

1925

1925 
Dairy Farmers were the first to introduce milk in bottles, replacing the doorstep milk jug.


1929

1929

Dairy Farmers started a long standing tradition by appearing at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

1940s

1941

 1941

Free milk in schools was launched.

10 years later, over 500 metropolitan schools were being served by Dairy Farmers.

Dairy Farmers also supplied milk to war soldiers, and in 1942, the government declared Dairy Farmers a 'protected undertaking' to ensure continued supply of fresh dairy produce to soldiers and civilians alike.

1960s

 1960s

Dairy Farmers emphasis on innovation continued:
  • Milk cartons were launched to help prolong the life of the milk.
  • Milk vending machines and unique Tetra Pak cartons helped make Dairy Farmers milk accessible as a refreshment on the go.

1970s

1970s 
  • Australia's first modified milk (low fat) was launched with the introduction of the Dairy Farmers 'Hi-lo' brand.
  • An 'instant meal' product called "Dairy Flip" (similar to Up & Go) made with milk, eggs, sugar and spices was launched in Sydney and proved to be a huge success.

1980s

Dairy Farmers added Lite White to their range which became an instant success and continues to be enjoyed today.

1990s

1993

Dairy Farmers moves beyond NSW borders - acquiring Victoria's Midland Milk, Malanda Co-operative (FNQ), Queensco-Unity Dairyfoods Co-operative (SEQ), and Dairy Vale (SA).


1996

 1996-history
  • A new logo was introduced signalling the stature of Dairy Farmers brand in the hearts and minds of Australian consumers.
  • New packaging launched to assist consumers find the right product for them on shelf.

2000s

2005

 2005-history
Dairy Farmers logo and range gets a facelift to reflect the landscape and sunrise our Dairy Farmers see almost every day as they go about providing Australia with milk.


2008

Dairy Farmers members overwhelmingly support the National Foods offer (owned by Kirin Holdings Company Limited since 2007) to acquire the Co-operative, with a change of ownership occurring on 27 November 2008.


2009

Along with other Dairy and Drinks brands owned by National Foods, Dairy Farmers becomes part of the bigger Lion Nathan National Foods business as Kirin Holdings Company Limited assumes 100 per cent ownership of Lion Nathan.

Present Day

  •  We still have a dedicated group of farmers who are a huge part of the Dairy Farmers brand.
  • Dairy Farmers is proud to continue our support of local events
  • A diverse portfolio of products including newly re-launched permeate free milk range.
  • Dairy Farmers continue to be involved in the community through sponsorship of local festivals and shows.