Sep 24 2013

AGM and Special Resolution

by Bob Paton in


Notice is given that the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members of the Amalgamated Milk Vendors Association Inc will be held on Saturday 19 October 2013 commencing at 10:00 am at the Novotel, Brighton-Le-Sands, Sydney.

Business to be considered is:

1. Welcome

2. Attendance

3. Apologies

4. Receipt of the minutes of the 2012 AGM

5. Receipt of the Annual Statement and Financial Report

6. Receipt of the President’s report

7. Receipt of the Secretary’s report

8. Special Resolution: Amend Constitution

To consider and if thought fit, pass the following resolution as a special resolution:

“That the Constitution signed by the President for the purpose of identification and tabled at the meeting, be adopted as the Constitution of the Association, in place of the present Rules of the Association, with effect from 1 November 2013″.

9. Other Business which may be properly be brought forward

10. Close

Please note that the AMVA Convention will commence immediately after the conclusion of the AGM. Please attend these meetings as your input will be vital to assist plan the future of the current distribution networks.

A copy of the proposed revision to the Constitution and an explanatory information sheet has been sent to all members.



24 September 2013


Jan 16 2013

Amva Elections – 2012

by Bob Paton in


General Information

The Rules of the AMVA dictate that the members, grouped by Milk Processor, shall elect from their number, delegates to the Association Convention every four years.  As part of this process, the Executive Committee determines the number of delegates so as to provide representation for all groups.

Following changes in the Processor ranks over the last four years it has been necessary to up-date our electoral areas. The revised structure consists of President and 18 Electorates with the new Executive Committee comprising the President and five members each representing a Processor group. The description of these new areas is shown below.

The timetable for the election is:

  • Call for nominations                         Mail out,  by Thursday 17 Jan 2013
  • Close of Nominations                      3:30 pm, Thursday 31 Jan 2013
  • Draw for positions                           4:00 pm, Thursday 31 Jan 2013
  • Close of roll                                      5:00 pm, Thursday 31 Jan 2013
  • Roll finalised                                    5:00 pm, Thursday 31 Jan 2013
  • Ballot papers posted                       5:00 pm, Friday 1 Feb 2013
  • Close of voting                                3:30 pm, Thursday 14 Feb 2013
  • Counting votes                                3:30 pm, Thursday 14  Feb 2013
  • Meeting (by telephone)                    1:00 pm, Thursday 21 Feb 2013

Note: Times are Daylight Saving Time (Sydney local time).

Two nomination forms will be posted to members – the white form is to be used to nominate for Convention Delegate and the yellow form is to be used to nominate for President. Members are invited to consider standing or nominating someone from their electorate either as a Convention Delegate or President.

Members elect Convention Delegates from their own electorate whereas the President is elected by all
 Electorate details will be printed on the Delegate Nomination Form.

The result of the ballot will not become official until formalised by the current Executive members at the conclusion of
the election. The formalisation process is proposed to take place on Wed 20 Feb 2013.

Revised Structure

As from the 2013 Election the new Executive Committee will consist of six members, the President plus one from each of the five current processor groups. Current Executive members are listed for reference purposes only.

  1. President                     Bruce Lorrimer
  2. Lion                             Graig White (was DF position)
  3. CCFA                          Les Whitehead
  4. Norco Co-op               *new
  5. Fonterra                       Warren Phelps
  6. Parmalat                      Jason Massie and Ron Kelly (was NFL position)

The up-dated electorates give us the following expanded AMVA  structure. Current Delegates are listed for reference purposes.

  • President                                              
  • Lion                
  1. NSW Marrickville       Delegate           Lionel Baldock – Marrickvillle NSW
  2. NSW Metro                Delegate           Gary Hatfield – Frenchs Forest NSW
  3. NSW Newcastle        Delegate           Mick Moffatt – Hexham NSW
  4. NSW North                 Delegate           **vacant
  5. NSW South                Delegate           Craig White – Wollongong NSW
  6. NSW West                 Delegate           Bruce Lorrimer – Orange NSW
  7. QLD                            Delegate           Paul Vico – Cairns Qld
  8. TAS                            Delegate           Greg Marriott – Hobart Tas
  9. VIC                             Delegate           **new
  10. SA                              Delegate           **new
  • CCFA (Capitol)                    
  1. NSW                           Delegate           Les Whitehead – Wagga Wagga NSW
  • Norco Co-op                          
  1. NSW North                Delegate           Warren Phelps – Lismore NSW
  2. NSW Mid-State          Delegate           Graeme Richards – Laurieton NSW
  3. QLD                           Delegate           Philip Blank – Labrador Qld
  • Fonterra (MDP)                    
  1. Fonterra – NSW Sth    Delegate           Daniel Martin – Wagga Wagga NSW
  • Parmalat                                
  1. NSW                          Delegate           Ron Kelly – Springwood NSW
  2. QLD                            Delegate           Jason Massie – Maroochydore Qld
  3. VIC                             Delegate           Geoff Dinning – Wangaratta Vic

2012 Election Boundaries for each AMVA Electorate

Lion NSW – North         Lion members supplied from depots situated outside of the Sydney Metropolitan area and covered by the Lion Northern Sales Area, other than members covered by the Lion NSW West electorate.

Lion NSW – South        Lion members supplied from depots situated outside of the Sydney Metropolitan area and covered by the Lion Southern Sales Area, other than members covered by the Lion NSW West electorate.

Lion NSW – West           Lion members working in the areas serviced by Lion depots situated west of the Great Dividing Range including Lithgow.

Lion NSW – Marrickville      Lion members supplied directly from Marrickville depot.

Lion NSW – Metro        Lion members supplied from depots in the Sydney Metropolitan area except those supplied directly from Marrickville.

Lion NSW – Newcastle      Lion members supplied from depots in Newcastle and Central Coast.

Lion QLD                            Lion members operating in QLD.

Lion SA                               Lion members operating in SA.

Lion TAS                             Lion members operating in TAS.

Lion VIC                              Lion members operating in VIC.

Capitol NSW                       Members supplied by Capitol Chilled Foods.

 Norco NSW – North           Members supplied by Norco depots north of Coffs Harbour to Qld border.

Norco NSW – Mid-State      Members supplied by Norco depots north of Sydney to Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo, Guyra, Armidale and Narrabri (includes the previous Hastings area).

Norco QLD                          Norco members operating in Queensland.

Fonterra South NSW          Members supplied by Fonterra depots south of Sydney including Sydney (includes the previous MDP area).

Parmalat NSW                     Members supplied by Parmalat depots in NSW.

Parmalat QLD                     Members supplied by Parmalat depots in Queensland.

Parmalat VIC                      Members supplied by Parmalat depots in Victoria.



Dec 11 2012

Membership Fee Collection – EziDebit

by admin in


As you are aware the Dairy Processors (Lion, Fonterra etc) have collected our AMVA membership fees, with your authority, and paid these fees into our AMVA account for many years.

However, recently we have had difficulty with incorrect deductions, missing payments from the processors & often no summary of payments made.

It has been decided that it is time for your association to take control of the membership fees.

As such, over the next three months we will need you to complete a new authority to have your fees paid monthly through a company called Ezidebit.

The AMVA has signed an agreement with Ezidebit to manage this huge task.

Most administrative fees will be paid by the AMVA. If you choose to have a deduction from your Credit Card, there will be a small fee charged to you.

We have decided to change the weekly fees to Monthly for ease of accounting & to keep admin costs down.

Note: Yearly Payment of Fees is still available and will continue as normal.

Your current WEEKLY payment is $14.30 weekly ($743.60 per year).

Your new MONTHLY payment will be $ 62.00 per month ($744.00 per year.)


If you could Print off the EZIDEBIT Form & complete & MOST IMPORTANTLY —SIGN THE FORM

Please Fax back to our Office (02) 9281 4471 (our preferred option)  OR

Post to 66 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

One of our staff members Steve Waller, Bob Paton, Jeff Betts or Col Lawson will give you a call to follow up this most important project.

We thank you for your urgent attention to the matter


First Section :- YOUR DETAILS —-  Please complete all  mandatory fields ( Customer Ref. Not needed).

Second Section :- DEBIT ARRANGEMENT —you only need to complete the amount part $62.00 per month. We will complete the Starting Date,  we need to co-ordinate with the Processors

Third Section :- CHOOSE YOUR PAYMENT METHOD —- The cheapest & easiest way is to Debit from your Bank/Building Society or Credit union.

Steve Waller

Apr 23 2012

Outgoing President’s Message

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Greetings my fellow vendors,

It was with heavy heart and great reluctance that, last week, I tendered my resignation as your President.

Thanks to Coles, I no longer own a milk run, which is a requirement of our Constitution to be President. However, my heart will always be in your corner as I watch from afar the future of our industry.

I am particularly disappointed to be resigning at a point in our history, when we are on the cusp of great change. The AMVA, as you are aware, have been moving into partner products to enhance the viability of your businesses, and assure the future of the vending sector. Our philosophy is “Change or Wither”.

Another very exciting initiative, which is happening as I write, is DAIRY CONNECT. This brand new industry body is in the embryonic stage, but promises to become a nationwide force in the Dairy Industry. In the primary stage, it will be confined to NSW and will replace The NSW Dairy Industry Conference. This new model is based on Dairy UK, which is the peak body in Britain and boasts membership from EVERY sector of dairying and has a direct conduit to Government. Your AMVA has led the charge to bring this innovative entity to fruition and will keep you informed through nativity, infancy and future direction.

Finally, I know that I leave you in good hands. The Association regulars of Bob Paton, Col Lawson and Jeff Betts, have now been joined by the very capable Steve Waller. To add to this talent Bruce Lorimer has been elected as my replacement. Bruce is a fine man of lengthy experience who will fit seamlessly into our dynamic organisation.

It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve.

Robert Young…..August 1978–April 2012.

Apr 20 2012

Milk’s Hidden Additives

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Members please read the following report & information. It will help you understand this currently hot topic and if asked by your customers about “permeate” in the milk that you sell, you will be better equipped to explain why it is used.

(Monday 16th April)
Recently Channel 7’s Today Tonight program ran a story on milk and what is added to it. It is the permeate story revisited – promoted as a whistleblower in the industry telling just what is added to milk.

The suggestion that certain milk products/brands are watered down or adulterated has the potential to damage the reputation of the industry as a whole. Most consumers are uncomfortable with the suggestion that water or additives are present in milk and are not familiar with the term ‘permeate’.

Key Messages to understand

* The Australian dairy industry produces a range of consistent, safe and highly nutritious products

* Permeate is produced when milk is passed through a sieve (ultrafiltration) to separate the milk-sugar (lactose), vitamins and minerals components from milk protein.

* Dairy manufacturers may adjust these components to produce a variety of different types of milk (e.g. low fat, high calcium, no fat) to meet customer demands, consistent with the food regulations

* The composition of milk is governed by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Food Standards Code, which ensures consumers purchase nutritionally consistent, high quality and safe products

* The FSANZ Food Standards Code allows processors to adjust the components of milk delivered from farms, when necessary, to produce a wide variety of nutritionally consistent and safe products.

Milk – a natural product  – from Dairy Australia Website

Milk is a highly nutritious, safe and natural food. Consumers today can choose from a wide array of different products including no fat, low fat or calcium enriched milk. Permeate is the term used to describe the milk-sugar (lactose) and minerals part of whole milk. Permeate is produced by passing milk through a fine sieve to separate milk sugars and minerals from milk protein and fat.

Because milk is a natural food that comes straight from the cow, its composition can vary by farm and by breed. Regional and seasonal factors also contribute to differences in milk composition.  Government regulations ensure that milk and dairy products conform to food standards for quality, consistency and food safety. The composition of milk is governed by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Food Standards Code (the Code).

The Food Standards Code allows manufacturers to use milk components to standardise the composition of milk sourced from dairy farms, as required, to produce nutritionally consistent and safe products.
To satisfy consumers’ demand for choice of products, manufacturers, in accordance with the Code, may vary the levels of milk-fat, milk sugar (lactose) and protein.

Whole milk is made up of milk-fat, protein, milk-sugar (lactose), water, vitamins and minerals (including calcium).
In simple terms, permeate is milk that has been filtered through a very fine ‘sieve’ to separate the milk-sugar (lactose) and minerals from the milk protein.

Latest processing techniques enable manufacturers to use these various components in different combinations to produce versatile products demanded by consumers.

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) regulations

Cows’ milk has regional and seasonal differences resulting in varying levels of fat and protein in the milk collected from farms. Under the Food Standards Code, components of milk can be added to or withdrawn from milk to standardise natural variations in fat and protein and produce a range of consistent and nutritious products. Manufacturers produce a variety of milks to meet consumer demand consistent with the regulations.

The standardisation process may include the use of membrane separation technology, which produces one stream known as milk permeate, a part of normal milk containing lactose, vitamins and minerals, and a second stream that contains the protein and fat.

The World Health Organisation body for food regulation, Codex Alimentarius, defines milk permeate as ‘… the product obtained by removing the milk proteins and fat from milk, partially skimmed milk or skimmed milk by ultra filtration’.
The standardised milk products need to conform with the national food regulations for milk (the Food Standards Code). For example, the standard for whole milk requires that milk be at least 32 grams per kilogram of fat and 30 grams per kilogram of protein; and skim milk be a maximum of 1.5 grams per kilogram of fat and a minimum of 30 grams per kilogram of protein.

Key points

  • Permeate is produced when milk is passed through a sieve (ultrafiltration) to separate the milk-sugar (lactose), vitamins and minerals components from milk protein.
  •  Dairy Manufacturers may adjust these components to produce a variety of different types of milk (e.g. low fat, high calcium, no fat) to meet customer demands, consistent with the food regulations.
  •  The composition of milk is governed by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Food Standards Code, which ensures consumers purchase nutritionally consistent, high quality and safe products.
    The FSANZ Food Standards Code allows processors to adjust the components of milk delivered from farms, when necessary, to produce a wide variety of nutritionally consistent and safe products.

(Steve Waller)

Apr 17 2012

Dairy Connect Limited

by admin in

Formation of a new Dairy Industry Peak Body

The NSW Dairy Industry Conference (DICON) is the current peak body of the Dairy Industry in NSW and reports to the Minister for Agriculture, either directly, or through the Food authority and the Dept of Primary Industries. DICON is looking at restructuring its activities to become more relevant in today

Currently, we have a number of interest groups:Milk Processors, Dairy Farmers, Milk Vendors, Retailers and other groups who form part of the overall industry chain.

A Steering Committee has been set-up to progress the DICON restructuring. This committee consists of:

  • Adrian Drury (Chair), NSW Dairy Industry Conference (dairy farmer)
  • George Davey, Milk Marketing (NSW) Pty Ltd
  • Ian Hollindale, Parmalat (milk processors)
  • Bob Paton, Amalgamated Milk Vendors Association (milk distributors)
  • Bill Inglis, (Dairy Research Foundation)

We are in the process of establishing a not for profit company that is proposed will operate as the new peak Dairy Industry body within NSW. This new company will eventually replace DICON and will act as a single voice of the NSW Dairy Industry. Preliminary details are:

  • The proposed body will be a Company Limited by Guarantee.
  • Company Name: Dairy Connect Limited trading as Dairy Connect.
  • Registered Address and Place of Business: 66 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010.

Objects of the new peak body are:

  • Establishment of a unified peak dairy organisation in NSW.
  • Active promotion of the NSW dairy industry.
  • Protection and enhancement of the economic sustainability of the NSW dairy industry over the short, medium and long term and to promote industry growth, both in supply and consumption.
  • Service the needs of all dairy industry sectors (producer, processors and distributors).
  • Promote strategic and operational cooperation between all stakeholders (producers, processors, distributors,
    governments, retailers, unions and consumers).
  • Provision of services to the dairy industry.
  • Provision of industry development and support through participation and active facilitation of programs including research and training and education.

Membership of the new Company will be available to:

  • Producers (Dairy Farmers)
  • Milk and/or Dairy Processing Companies
  • Milk and/or Dairy Distributors
  • Related Organisations (NSW Farmers, AMVA, Dairy Australia, etc.)

Initial Funding for the new Company will come from existing industry sources:

  • Milk Marketing
  • Graham Park Trust

Membership fees (amount to be determined) will be an ongoing source of funding. It is also anticipated that funds from other industry organisations will be redirected to the new peak body.

The new peak body, Dairy Connect Limited, proposes to foster strong and collaborative relationships with Government, Department of Primary Industries (DPI), NSW Farmers Association and other similar organisations.

DICON briefed the Minister for Primary Industries in August 2011 and subsequently the Steering Committee has updated the Minister

At the present time the entire dairy supply chain is under pressure because of reduced returns as a result of discounting practices in the market place. All sectors, processors, dairy farmers and milk distributors are all operating under reduced margins and many are experiencing a loss of income. As an industry we need to embark on practices to meet the requirements and expectations of our customers if we are to remain relevant for the future. All sectors need to work together to re-establish strong brand loyalty to add value to the entire supply chain. This will assist processors achieve better results that will flow on to dairy farmers, distributors and the community.

The Steering Committee organised an Industry Meeting on 9 December 2011 to update and brief all DICON members and key industry personnel.

More information will be provided as circumstances allow.

(Bob Paton)