The family behind Floridia Cheese. Source: supplied

Strategy
Paul Brescia

“Change is good”: How third-generation family business Floridia Cheese is cutting its time spent on payment admin by 70%

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Paul Brescia
Business Advice, Technology
6 minute Read

For Floridia Cheese, a more than 60-years-old, third-generation family cheesemaking business, one of the most time consuming tasks is paying its farmers for milk.

Currently, this payment process is managed through a series of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that are overseen by multiple people within the business, and double checked by an accountant with every change.

But the price of milk isn’t fixed; it’s dependent on fat content, protein, general quality (with step ups or step downs), and then the volume.

Considering Floridia Cheese buys some 22 million litres of milk every year — around 450,000 litres per week — it’s a huge admin challenge to stay on top of payments, and ensure each farmer is getting the right amount, at the right time.

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