We have just attended a Franchise Owner meeting in Wollongong NSW.
Lion Nathan/National Foods are running promotions in the Franchise System and giving away cars, PS3, Video Cameras etc. to increase their sales.
I am appalled. There are farmers in Tasmania and elsewhere who National Foods will not meet in a FAIR price discussion, to accomodate costs involved with producing the product. And in our side of the business are giving away cars.
National Foods/Lion Nathan need to wake up and smell the roses. There are farmers who are on the brink of suicide....and they are offering prize incentives to the Franchise Network. I would rather the money go to the farmers......
Fair dinkum - this whole situation makes me sick to the stomach. It needs to be brought out into the open - and the industry needs to be reformed - IN A BIG WAY, starting with National Foods.
I urge anyone who is in touch with the farmers in Tasmainia to pass this information on to them.
Further to the above, just a tidbit for most people who are none the wiser.
From last week, National Foods now is Lion Nathan National Foods (Lion Nathan merged with National Foods) who are owned by Kirin Holdings. But what many people are unaware is that Kirin Holdings is owned by Mitsubishi - as in the car company. Maybe we should all boycott Mitsubishi as well !
The Tasmanians have your info and it is of concern that these big multi nationals have such a grip on our industry.
I am sure they have only one thing in their sites and that is the bottom line.
I agree that the industry needs to be reformed.
Thanks for passing it on. I am appalled at the way National Foods conduct their business. If I could walk away from my business I would, as a show of protest. However I have too much money invested in it to do this.
Our Franchise Network doesn't stick together and unfortunately not all of them stand up - because they are scared. I have stuck my neck on the line, and I may end up with nothing, but when alls said and done, at least I can sleep at night knowing I am fighting the good fight.
Dairy Farmers truly amaze me (as does anyone who works on the land) as it is the toughest job out there.
Julie-while not being involved in the Industry, I have got to thank you for putting the info out there. It takes courage but like you say your a proud Australian and it is the silence that lets these multi-nationals get away with what they do. Well done.
Julie, Congratulations on the stand you took,you certainly have intestinal fortatude. AsJohn commented the dairy industry needs restructuring. [ I agree ] How is the burning question?? I feel with all the comments on the forum in regard to the the V.F.F. and the state farmer bodys I think the most efective way is that we kill the V.F.F. family tree from the bottom up. Stave it of food, If my fellow Victorian dairy farmers had half of your GTS and canceled the UDV levy payments via their factory payments statements this would be a small step in the right dirrection, but it would have a big effect and then other states would follow. just ask youselves if the UDV is doing anything of significance to get you a price above the cost of production.