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Canberra Milk Should Be Renamed Tokyo Milk

By Brindabella - 18 October 2012 34

Just had this email forwarded to me from a local milko at Aussie Farmers Direct.  Didn’t know this!
“Canberra Milk Should Be Renamed Tokyo Milk”
I’ve talked to so many people who don’t realise the brand “Canberra Milk” is now part of the giant Kirin Corporation of Japan’s stable of brands (just like all the Dairy Farmers and Pura products). This is a major part of the reason over 95% of all milk brands in Australia are foreign owned. I also say it should be renamed Tokyo Milk because that would be more honest labelling.  Why not forward this email to your Canberra email list and ask them if they know?  They probably don’t as the takeover was done during Easter several years ago when no-one was watching the news.  This was a big part of my reason to switch to Aussie Farmers Direct.  They can’t even guarantee all the milk they sell comes from Australian owned farms. Aussie Farmers can.  Pass it on.
Gives new meaning to “I’m a Tokyo milk kid!:
Sayonara from Nara.

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34 Responses to
Canberra Milk Should Be Renamed Tokyo Milk
poetix 3:05 pm 18 Oct 12

This would only worry me if they were marketing Minke Milk.

shirty_bear 3:03 pm 18 Oct 12

Sammy said :

The should rebrand it as Wagyu Milk. They’d sell a shed-load of it.

mmmm … beer-fed milk. Wouldn’t know whether to put it on corn flakes, or into a stubby holder.

Deref 2:45 pm 18 Oct 12

miz said :

I cannot understand how so-called ‘market forces’ can be allowed to diddle our country out of our own food bowl.

Behead all those who diss the Free Market ™!

PBO 2:33 pm 18 Oct 12

So I have been drinking Meerrlk all this time?

Aaroncbr 2:32 pm 18 Oct 12

Affirmative Action Man said :

Couldn’t believe the carp that went on when Coles & Wollies dropped the price to $1 a litre – great for the consumer says I.

Horrible for the farmers.

m@ 2:32 pm 18 Oct 12

If you’re inclined to care about which multinational owns the brand of milk you buy, may as well cut to the chase and buy direct from the farmer at the Epic market IMO…

Gantz 2:30 pm 18 Oct 12

You say gives new meaning to “I’m a Tokyo milk kid!” that is simply stupid.

I also enjoy that Brindabella has taken this email to be 100% accurate. Yet there are no links provided, no other information at all except for ‘Sayonara from Nara’. It is lacking in any credibility.

Not saying it couldn’t be true, but you should at least attempt to back up your now claims.

Madam Cholet 2:24 pm 18 Oct 12

Is that you Barnaby?

Kirin own National Foods who in turn own Capital Chilled Foods, who produce Canberra Milk in Australia from Australian cows – and in my opinion is the worst tasting milk available here. If you need to be 100% Australian Try Riverina Milk – owned by ICM – Australian owned and a middle of the road price, available at Woolies – not as cheap as own brand (Parmalat/Pauls??), and not as expensive as the organic stuff.

But beware of Kirin, they own a lot so you may have to have a look at the other products that you buy.

Whilst you’re at it, maybe have a look at everything you eat and anything you own. Not much is Australian made and owned.

NoImRight 2:20 pm 18 Oct 12

Seems a reliable source.

I assume the milk is still pretty much Australian, although I concede I have no knowledge of this industry, owned or otherwise. Australian companies have the same chances to buy as overseas ones do yet they didnt. Its interesting that the LNP is strident about foreign ownership but finds it hard to balance this with their let business run itself credo. How do you stop it without interfering in commercial transactions?

Anyone care to suggest what Australian companies have substantial overseas holdings? Should that be stopped too?

mossrocket 2:15 pm 18 Oct 12

I heard that Aussie Farmers Direct is the name of a small village in Hunan Province China…

Affirmative Action M 2:14 pm 18 Oct 12

Have 3 kids & go through bucket loads of milk a week. Don’t give a rats where or who it comes from as long as its healthy & cheap.

Couldn’t believe the carp that went on when Coles & Wollies dropped the price to $1 a litre – great for the consumer says I.

Sammy 2:01 pm 18 Oct 12

The should rebrand it as Wagyu Milk. They’d sell a shed-load of it.

miz 1:48 pm 18 Oct 12

This is sad. I have continued to buy Canberra Milk despite the proliferation of cheaper brands as I thought I was supporting a local industry. I know I am still supporting local dairy farmers by doing this, but it is a disappointing state of affairs. I cannot understand how so-called ‘market forces’ can be allowed to diddle our country out of our own food bowl. I suspect countries such as Japan and China see Australia as very naive and a bit thick. Our food security policies certainly make us look this way.

trevar 1:11 pm 18 Oct 12

I love the logic: a major part of the reason 95% of all milk brands in Australia are foreign owned is because Canberra Milk is owned by Kirin Corporation.

I’m not an expert on cause and effect, but I’d like to see more evidence on the idea that the ownership of Canberra Milk has a causal relationship with the nationality of the ownership of other Australian milk brands…

arescarti42 12:59 pm 18 Oct 12

Please explain to me why I should care that Kirin owns Canberra Milk.

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