Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay today joined with Lion Chief Executive Officer Stuart Irvine to officially open a refurbished cheese store at the King Island Dairy.
Speaking at the opening Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said, “The investment by Lion to refurbish the cheese store was a vote of confidence by the company into the King Island community and King Island brand.
“King Island cheese has a national and international reputation of being of the highest quality with some of the most unique taste.
“The islands microclimate of high annual rainfall, strong winds and mineral rich soils combined with salt sprayed grass produce rich sweet milk that Lions’s cheesemakers convert into King Island’s unique cheeses.
“The cheeses could not be produced without the support of the 100 employees at the King Island Dairy and local farmers.
“King Island farmers are some of the most resilient in Australia as they deal with relative isolation and a multitude of issues that come with that.
“It is a credit to the island’s farming families that they can produce such high quality milk.
Justine Keay also said, “The refurbished cheese store will help to cater for a growing local tourism industry on King Island.
“The cheese store will be managed by King Island locals who know and understand the history of the island and the stories behind the cheese production.
“The store will also have a cafe with King Island world famous cheese platters adding another attraction for locals and visitors.
“Lion are to be congratulated for their investment into King Island and Tasmania as a whole.
“Throughout the state Lion has a presence at Burnie, Lenah Valley and Launceston directly employing 460 people and indirectly supporting hundreds of other jobs.
WEDNESDAY, 21 MARCH 2018
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