Qantas to offer Australian owned and made butter inflight

Published on 17th June 2014 at 13:05

From this month Qantas will introduce Ballantyne Spreadable butter in both Economy and Business on all domestic flights across Australia and will progressively roll out Ballantyne in the Economy and Premium Economy cabins for international flights from Australia.

Andrew Ballantyne, Chairman of KL Ballantyne said, “We’re delighted to be able to provide Qantas passengers with the great taste and convenience of our spreadable lighter dairy portions.”

Qantas has purchased in excess of 5 million portions of butter per annum and is in the process of contracting all Australian butter suppliers for its domestic network and international flights from Australia.

Kylie Morris, Head of Creative Development & Customer Experience said, “Qantas is committed to supporting Australian producers and we’re pleased to offer our customers Australian owned and made Ballantyne Spreadable butter on both our domestic and international flights from this month.”

“Qantas has also put the premium Australian butter produced by Pepe Saya, currently offered in our First Class cabin on international flights, into Business Class on all flights out of Australia.”

Pepe Saya is a premium Australian butter producer and his butter is hand-churned using the best local ingredients – milk, filtered water and a dash of home grown Aussie salt.

“We were the first small-scale butter company to have the account,” owner Pierre Issa said. “We are extremely proud. It’s changed our business model, we make 18,000-20,000 units a week for them.”

In addition to inflight, Qantas is also reviewing its butter suppliers across its lounge network.

Qantas is committed to supporting Australian primary and secondary food and beverage producers, and explores opportunities to source quality, locally made products for customers travelling across our domestic and international networks.

Qantas buys from more than 1,500 Australian providers of foods, wines and beverages and our patronage has helped many small Australian companies grow, develop and find new markets.

Every year Qantas spends nearly $6 billion on Australian-based products and services.