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Theland A2 β-casein Whole Milk
Lower Carbon Plant-Based Tetra Pak 1L Carton

PRODUCT ATTRIBUTES VERIFIED BY AQ ASSURED

  • 100% pure A2 β-casein cows milk
  • 100% UHT pure milk
  • 100% Australian made and packed
  • No additives
  • Lower carbon footprint milk
  • Supply chain verified
  • Plant-based family sharing pack
 

Theland’s lower carbon A2 β-casein pure whole milk (1L) is 100% Australian made and packed. It is sourced from 6 specialised dairy farms within the Goulburn and Murray Valleys Regions of Australia at South latitude 34°- 38°.

The cows are not housed or contained within barns.

They live outside on paddocks throughout the year, roaming freely under an average of over 2300 hours of sunshine each year.

The cows graze on a combination of fresh and conserved grass and pasture as their primary food source*.

*To ensure the ongoing health and welfare of the animals, supplementary feeding may be required.

Theland Supply Chain

Lower Carbon Initiatives

The safety and quality practices in place across the supply chain have been verified, including measures that contribute to a lower carbon footprint.

Select any part of the supply chain to view these verified activities and lower carbon assurances.

The Farm

Approximately 28% Lower Carbon Footprint from Cradle to Farm Gate

Dairying in Australia produces milk with a 27.9% lower carbon footprint (total greenhouse gas emissions per kg of product), when compared to the global average of other major milk producing nations.

Results from a recent international study showed that the carbon footprint of Australian milk production was 1.06 kg CO2e per kg FPCM (fat and protein corrected milk) compared to the global average of 1.47 kg CO2e per kg FPCM.

Outdoor grazing with efficient pastoral-based farming systems is one of the contributing factors that resulted in lower GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions for Australia.

Farm Assurances- A2 Milk

The farms are registered and licensed with the relevant State Authority. This includes the requirement to have an independently audited food safety program.

The pure A2 β-casein milk used in the production of the product, is sourced from 6 specialised dairy farms within the Goulburn and Murray Valleys located within the south-eastern corner of Australia.

Routine surveillance and monitoring of the raw milk supply from the farm ensure ongoing compliance.

Farm Assurances- Fresh Milk Supply

All milk supplier farms are required under the Dairy Act 2000 to be licensed with the relevant State Authority.

The farms must comply with the conditions of the licence which includes filtering and chilling the milk to below 5°C within 3.5 hours from the start of milking to ensure freshness.

The Factory

Lower Carbon Initiatives - 25% Renewable Energy

The factory manufacturing this product has invested in sustainability initiatives that include:

  • Renewable energy sources:

Investing in a solar system which supplies over 25% of the total energy needs of the site. At installation in 2020 the carbon offset for this project was in excess of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 or in terms of trees it is equivalent to 1,700 trees being planted.

  • Water Saving initiatives:

Water from the cooling cycle of the UHT units is captured and recycled for re-use onsite, resulting in a saving about 300,000L of water per annum.

Factory Assurances – A2 Quality Assurance

On arrival at the factory a sample of the chilled milk is taken from the tanker and checked for quality.

The milk is not accepted if it fails to meet required specifications.

The raw A2 milk is kept segregated in dedicated silos.

Once approved for use, the milk is standardised, and ultra-heat treated to achieve commercial sterility.

The milk is aseptically packed into individual tamper-proof Tetra Pak cartons.

Each brick (individual unit) is individually coded for traceability.

Samples from each batch of finished product are tested for compliance to specification prior to release.

Testing includes a range of *chemical, microbial, and sensory attributes to ensure that food safety and quality requirements are met.

*The protein composition is tested by the laboratory to ensure that the level of A1β-casein protein is below the quantification level of the analytical method used.

Factory Assurances – Regulatory Assurances

The dairy factory is regularly audited to ensure it complies with the regulations which include:

  • The Dairy Act 2000
  • The Food Act 1984
  • The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (FSANZ)
  • Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV).
  • The factory additionally holds SQF (Safe Quality Food) Accreditation, an internationally recognised Food Safety and Quality Program.

The factory is registered with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and meets the requirements of The Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.

The Packaging

Packaging Assurances – 14% Lower Carbon Footprint Packaging

Theland’s Australia Pure A2 β-casein milk is packed into 1L Aseptic Tetra Pak cartons containing plant-based materials (including plant- based plastics).

This results in a 14% lower carbon footprint than the standard 1L Aseptic Tetra Pak carton, with over 81% of the carton containing plant-based materials.

Packaging Assurances – Carbon Trust

The carbon footprint of the packaging and the reductions have been certified by the Carbon Trust – using internationally recognised standards.

Plant-Based Material

The plant-based plastics make up approx. 15.7% of the carton and are made from Bonsucro certified polymer derived from sugar cane.

Packaging Assurances – (FSC™)

Paperboard makes up approx. 65.9% of the carton and has been made with wood from forests certified to the Forest Stewardship Council - (FSC) standards and other controlled sources.

Shipping

Shipping Assurances

The shipping company must ensure that the products are accompanied by all EAD (export accompanied documents) that are required by the importing country, including:

  • customs documents
  • health certificates
  • certificates of laboratory testing analysis

All other documents that are required by the importing country must be completed and approved before the container is sealed and loaded on board the ship.

The product is shipped to China and checked by China Customs on arrival. China Customs check the import documentation to confirm all requirements have been met and may test the product again prior to releasing it into the country.

Once cleared by Customs the product is sent to the warehouse.

Retail

Retail Assurances

The product arrives at the warehouse where it is managed using barcoding and traceability systems.

Product is loaded onto delivery trucks and distributed to individual shops, supermarkets, and other customers.

The AQ Assured brand and QR code can be scanned to provide consumer confidence of the food safety and quality measures undertaken throughout the supply chain.

Lower Carbon Initiatives

✔ Approximately 28% lower carbon footprint from cradle to farm gate

Dairying in Australia produces milk with a 27.9% lower carbon footprint (total greenhouse gas emissions per kg of product), when compared to the global average of other major milk producing nations.

✔ 25% of the total energy consumption of the factory is solar energy

The factory that manufactures this product has invested in a solar system which supplies over 25% of the total energy needs of the site.

✔ 14%* lower carbon footprint plant-based packaging

The Tetra Pak carton packaging used for Theland’s Australia Pure A2 β-casein milk contains plant-based materials (including polymers derived from sugar cane) which results in a 14% lower carbon footprint than the standard Tetra Pak carton.

*Compared to other Theland 1L standard Tetra Pak cartons.

Energy Saving on Farm

✔ Water Use on Farm

To ensure the ongoing sustainability of the resource, water used on farms is allocated and regulated by the relevant State and Territory Government.

Dairy Farmers have many options to conserve water including the use of low - pressure hoses, quickly fixing leaks, and reducing evaporation from water stores.

✔ Waste Management on Farm

To improve on farm productivity whilst minimising environmental impact, farmers must comply with the regulations contained within the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), including the management of waste.

This is to ensure that effluent is contained within farm boundaries and does not enter water supplies or contaminate land.

All animals are clearly identified through the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) - Australia's system for identifying and tracking dairy cattle.

Farmers must meet their obligations under legislation including The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle to ensure that all aspects of animal welfare are considered in relation to the following five provisions:

  • Nutrition: the animals must be provided with access to fresh water and a good diet.
  • Environment: shade or shelter must be provided to give protection to the animals from extreme weather conditions.
  • Health: prevent or rapidly diagnose and treat illness or injury.
  • Behaviour: the animals must be provided with conditions that allow natural patterns of social behaviour.
  • Free from distress: to live and grow in a safe environment.

Laboratory Tested for Safety & Quality 

Theland A2 β-casein Whole Milk is laboratory tested for quality and safety throughout the production process using both factory (in-house) and independent, accredited laboratories.

Testing is undertaken at each step from raw milk collection, during processing, and again upon completion of the final product. 

This testing regime ensures all final products meet the specifications, regulatory compliance and nutritional descriptions on their label.

Meets Overseas Market Access Requirements 

Theland UHT milk meets the market access requirements of the countries to which it exports.

Produced Under Government Regulations

The factory holds accreditations to ensure compliance to all relevant legislation including The Food Act, The Dairy Act and DFSV requirements.

The factory also ensures the milk is manufactured in accordance with the requirements in the Export Control (Milk and Milk Products) Rules 2021.

100% Pure Australian A2 β-casein Cow’s Milk.

The raw milk is sourced from cows that naturally produce only the A2 β-casein type protein.

Nutrition from Nature:

  • No added colours
  • No added flavours
  • No added sugar
  • No gelatin
  • No antibiotics
  • No preservatives

Theland A2-β casein whole milk contains natural calcium, an important source of nutrition for building strong, dense bones early in life, and keeping bones strong and healthy in later life.

Theland A2-β casein whole milk contains natural protein, essential to human life activities, as well as contributing to formation and growth of body tissues.

Nutritional Information

Items per 100mL NRV %
Energy 271 kJ 3%
Protein 3.3g 6%
Fat 3.5g 6%
Carbohydrate 5.0g 2%
Sodium 55mg 3%
Calcium 110mg 14%

Theland A2-β casein 0.9g/100mL

The stated level of protein is based on a calculated average, actual protein levels may vary slightly between batches.

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