30/07/2012 - 14:51

Brownes adds Casa Dairy to growing stable

30/07/2012 - 14:51

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Brownes adds Casa Dairy to growing stable

Western Australia’s largest dairy, Brownes, has announced the acquisition of Canning Vale-based Casa Dairy for an undisclosed sum.

Brownes said it planned to expand Casa’s niche cheese and gourmet yoghurt lines under the deal, with all Casa staff to be retained.

Brownes managing director Ben Purcell said the move fit with the company’s strategy of adding high-value products to the business.

“As Western Australia’s biggest buyer of farm gate milk, we are continuously looking for the highest-value use of WA dairy products,” Mr Purcell said.

“The growing market for premium yoghurt and cheese is a perfect fit.”

Casa was established in 1981, and has since won a host of awards, including the Australian dairy industry’s top prize, with its Gourmet Divine Mango Yoghurt winning Dairy Australia’s Grand Champion Blue Medal last year.

Casa Dairy founding owner Vic Letizia said the business had enormous potential but needed the backing of a large producer such as Brownes.

“We decided the only way we were going to grow this business is to align ourselves with people who have the ability to do this,” Mr Letizia said.

 “We are proud of our products and Brett Murphy, who runs the business and is passionate about the business, will stay on and continue to develop it and build Casa to the next level.”

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