2020 has been a difficult year for everyone in so many different ways. It is sometimes hard to stay positive amongst these trying times but we would like to share the Kenilworth Dairies pandemic story.

At the onset of the pandemic in March, we experienced what all other food manufacturers also did. Kenilworth Dairies underwent big procedure changes, an increase in hygiene standards (on top of our already rigorous policies), the temporary closure of Poppa’s Café, intensive staff pandemic procedure training and a halt on our much-loved cheese tastings. We moved staff around the factory to try and avoid job losses and discovered some otherwise hidden talents. Once the dust settled and we were all becoming familiar with our new ways of working we then felt a demand on production.

Australians Supporting Local

How thankful are we that at a time when many businesses are closing their doors, that our country saw an increase in Aussie’s supporting local business? To meet this demand, in June Kenilworth Dairies increased factory production. As a result, we hired seven new employees, from factory staff, mousse and yoghurt makers to café and office staff.

Re-opening of Poppa’s

The re-opening of Poppa’s Café in mid-May saw some changes to normal operations. Along with a new menu, we underwent further Covid-19 training and adjusted how patrons dined in the café. To ensure a safe and enjoyable dining experience, all our customers are required to sanitise and sign in with a QR code; it’s incredible how far technology has come! We appreciate the positive feedback from customers as we continue to adapt to this ever-changing situation.

Very Thankful

Most importantly, we would sincerely like to thank the care and support of our loyal customers who have stood by us during these times. Thank you to everyone who has stopped into our café or your local supermarket to purchase Kenilworth Dairies products. We know we are one of the lucky businesses who continue to survive this pandemic and have found ourselves to be stronger than before.

While restrictions are easing, and life is slowly returning to ‘normal’ Kenilworth Dairies, and all small Australian businesses would like to extend a hand of thanks to the public for keeping us alive. For supporting small farm produces, for buying from your local butcher, for spending at local markets or just returning to your local for your coffee – thank you.

Continue to stay safe during these times and we will all get through this.