Lion Dairy & Drinks’ Malanda site celebrates its centenary
25 May 2018: One Wednesday night Lion Dairy & Drinks (LDD) celebrated its 100th anniversary of manufacturing dairy products at its Malanda site in far north Queensland.
At a celebratory birthday dinner held at the Malanda Hotel Ballroom, more than 180 locals came together to celebrate, including current and past employees, farmers who work directly with LDD and community members.
The Malanda site manufactures almost 60 milk and milk-based products, made with fresh milk sourced directly from more than 48 dairy farms supplying the Dairy Farmers Milk Co-Operative in the Far North Queensland region.
Each year the site produces around 47 million liters of dairy product, with customers spanning from Cape York to Mackay and as far west as Mount Isa.
Deeply engrained in the community, the site currently employs 100 locals and is actively engaged through membership of community groups and supporting of local events, schools and charities. Supporting community initiatives is important to Lion Dairy & Drinks, and it is proud to sponsor the Malanda and Cairns Shows and the local hockey team.
Lion Dairy & Drinks also works with the Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative to run farmer training programs.
Lion Dairy & Drinks is extremely proud to be involved in delivering more dairy and juice goodness to the Malanda community through our schools program – called Lion Malanda Goodness Promise. This program aims to educate our younger generation with healthy eating options and developing healthy habits and provides students at four local schools our dairy products for morning tea.
Stuart Muir, Lion Dairy & Drinks Supply Chain Director, attended the 100-year celebratory dinner and said: “What an exciting time for our team, farmers and the Malanda community as we come together to celebrate this milestone. Lion Dairy & Drinks is proud to be deeply engrained in the heritage of the site and the community.
“The community spirit of Malanda is unparalleled and this occasion allows us to look back with pride on the past and celebrate the future of the site, together with our farmers, employees and community members. Lion Dairy & Drinks looks forward to continuing its strong relationship with the people of Malanda and far north Queensland, and playing an integral role in ensuring long term sustainability of the local dairy industry.”
Milk production in the area dates back to 1904 when the first private milk factory was built in Atherton. In 1919, the Atherton Tablelands Co-Operative Butter & Bacon Company constructed a factory at the current Malanda site and by 1923 all manufacturing was transferred to Malanda.
Since 1996, LDD has invested more than $25 million in capital works and upgrading facilities and equipment at the The company’s core purpose is to enrich the world everyday by championing sociability and helping people to live well, fundamentals which will continue to underlie the operations at Malanda into the future.
In 2014, Lion Dairy & Drinks was delighted to put the name “Malanda” back on pack, as Dairy Farmers’ milk became Malanda Original Milk – reverting to the traditional name and more importantly helping to boost community support and pride in this local product.
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Lion Dairy & Drinks forms part of Lion, a leading beverage and food company with a portfolio that includes many of our region’s favourite brands. We employ approximately 6,700 people across Australia and New Zealand and have a strong presence in Queensland through our brewing and dairy operations.
We directly employ approximately 534 people in Queensland and our company is an integral component of the state’s agricultural, retail, hospitality and tourism industries – making an estimated $338 million contribution to the state economy every year. 
Locally, our brands are huge supporters of Queensland sporting and community groups, including our long running partnership with the Queensland Rugby League competition, the Queensland State of Origin team, the Brisbane Broncos, the Gold Coast Titans and the North Queensland Cowboys.
Our core purpose is to enrich our world everyday by championing sociability and helping people to live well. When enjoyed in moderation, our combined portfolio of food and drink brands can benefit wellbeing and are the perfect accompaniment to life’s sociable moments.
We believe the reach of our brands means we can play a direct role in improving the food and beverage choices of consumers, and through reformulation, better-for-you innovation, broadening choice and labelling transparency we aim to do just that.
Through our Dairy & Drinks business we have launched Our Goodness Promise – a commitment to improve the nutritional credentials of our entire portfolio that will see 80% of our products classified as ‘good’ or ‘best’ by 2019, based on nutrition criteria reviewed by independent experts.