2014: Peloris, Dairy Connect NSW and Norco featured in the Daily Mail

Fresh Australian milk has hit the shelves in Chinese supermarkets for the first time since a trade deal was struck by farmers to speed up the process of quarantine.

With milk selling at up to $9 a litre in China it is set to provide a lucrative new source of income for dairy farmers in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, who have suffered in recent times due to drought and Australian supermarket ‘milk wars’.

Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce said the deal would see an additional 20 million litres of milk exported to China over the next year.

‘With potential retail prices in China of $7 to $9 per litre of milk, this government strongly supports industry initiatives like this as they help our valuable agriculture sector improve international competitiveness, which also contributes significantly to better returns for producers at the farmgate,’ Mr Joyce said.

The deal cuts quarantine assessment time from two-to-three weeks down to about eight days, meaning fresh Australian pasteurised milk can now be sent to China within its shelf life.

The new quality assurance protocols were developed by industry body Dairy Connect NSW, agricultural co-op Norco and export consulting firm Peloris Global Sourcing Pty Ltd along with Chinese officials.

Read the full article at the Daily Mail.

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