Milk-on-tap system a ‘no-brainer’ for new hotel

    The Black Shag Boutique Cafe in Invercargill is the first business to have Farm Fresh Milk on tap installed. Invercargill's new The Langlands hotel will have Farm Fresh Milk on tap when it opens later in the year.

    PULLING a pint used to be a phrase synonymous with beer on tap or pint bottles of milk. But the ILT’s new hotel, The Langlands, is going one step further with its revolutionary milk on tap.

    The Langlands general manager Brian Townley said when they looked at the economics of installing a milk tap versus plastic bottled milk, it was a “no-brainer”.

    “It’s a quick, clean and really easy system.”

    Southland owned and operated Farm Fresh Milk would supply 18L refillable containers which would supply the tap and could be switched out in a similar manner to beer kegs.

    Mr Townley said championing local business had also motivated him to contract Black Shag Boutique Cafe owners Dion Milanesi and Sylvie Boutelje-Chasteau to supply its Mint roasted coffee brand to the hotel. The cafe was the first Southland business to install the milk on tap system.

    “It all really works hand in hand. They are just a super-cool couple getting out there doing something on the local market so it’s great to build that relationship with them as well,” Mr Townley said.

    The milk would be mainly used in espresso coffees, but once the hotel opened, would be put into small containers to supply the guest accommodation.

    Mr Townley said using whole milk in their coffee meant guests experienced a better quality drink.

    The bulk supply milk kegs were a much more environmentally friendly option compared to the thousands of 2L plastic milk bottles they would use in a year, required less storage space and were fully recyclable.

    “Its a space-saver as much as it’s a waste-saver.

    Thorough daily sanitising processes were all part of the protocols in place to ensure guests received a top-quality product.

    “It’s all very user-friendly.”

    Farm Fresh Milk owner/operator Logan Johnson said Farm Fresh was the only milk supplier in the lower South Island which had the milk-on-tap system available.

    The bulk supply system required 30% less space than single-use plastic bottles in crates.

    The milk, which comes from his own herd, was not highly processed.

    “Real, whole milk makes the coffee a lot smoother, creamier and a bit fuller.”

    There were plans to add light milk and cream to the list of available products.

    He hoped it would be something more hospitality industries would consider as a viable option for their businesses.

    “We are aiming to have taps in 100 businesses by the end of this year across Southland, Queenstown Lakes, Central [Otago] and Dunedin.”

    Factory upgrades and extra suppliers were planned to ensure product demand could be met.