Kiewa Country brand products will soon be back on the shelves, with Kyvalley Dairy Group now in the process of waiting for orders from major supermarkets.
The company’s chief executive officer Alastair McCredden said the next milestone was just days away.
‘‘The most imminent milestone to come is the product being back in Coles and Woolworths, which is literally days away from occurring,’’ he said.
‘‘We are literally just waiting on orders.’’
Once the orders are in, one and two-litre full cream and lite milk and 500ml iced coffee and chocolate milk will be available.
‘‘The world-famous iced coffee was launched the week before Christmas. There is a specific coffee brand exclusive to Kiewa Country iced coffee, hence why others have tried to replicate but failed,’’ Mr McCredden said.
‘‘The first commercial trial of samples of chocolate milk will be on Monday.
‘‘We bring in loyal chocolate lovers to make sure the taste and consistency is right. That’s the main thing. It’s got to tick all the boxes.’’
Although most of the Kyvalley Dairy Group’s milk supply comes from the Goulburn Valley, it is always looking for ‘‘quality suppliers’’.
‘‘We have our first dedicated milk supplier — Stephen Coulston, who is just out of Tangambalanga. It’s very exciting for us,’’ Mr McCredden said.
‘‘The rest of our milk supply comes from the Goulburn Valley.
‘‘We are always on the lookout for quality suppliers. We have a loyal band of suppliers, so it would have to be a good fit for us and a good fit for them.’’
Although the company’s ownership of the brand is only new, Mr McCredden said the aim was to process as much milk as was processed last year by Murray Goulburn.
‘‘We are aiming to get it back to where Murray Goulburn had it last year,’’ he said.
In addition the Kiewa Country brand’s favourites of iced coffee and chocolate milk, Kyvalley is set to put a modern twist on an old favourite.
‘‘We are looking at some innovative flavours,’’ Mr McCredden said.