New brand ambassador for Burra

Burra's leap into brand ambassadorship

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BRAND AMBASSADOR: Gippsland milk processor Burra Foods has appointed Leongatha-born Olympic high jumper Eleanor Patterson as its Brand Ambassador.

BRAND AMBASSADOR: Gippsland milk processor Burra Foods has appointed Leongatha-born Olympic high jumper Eleanor Patterson as its Brand Ambassador.

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Gippsland milk processor Burra Foods has lept into brand ambassadorship and a new logo.

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Gippsland milk processor Burra Foods has joined forces with Leongatha-born Olympic high jumper Eleanor Patterson to promote the region's dairy industry to the world.

Burra has announced Patterson will be the company's first brand ambassador.

Patterson is a Commonwealth Games gold medallist and the current national Australian record holder, jumping 1.99 metres earlier this year.

Burra chief executive Stewart Carson said everyone at the company - and in Gippsland - had followed Patterson's rise.

"As a company, we feel very strongly about our region and its people and supporting them where we can," Mr Carson said.

"In trying to decide who would take the title of Burra Foods' first brand ambassador, we were seeking an individual where our support would be really appreciated."

He said the company was also seeking an alignment between the new ambassador, all he or she stood for, and Burra's brand essence and values.

"Eleanor is the perfect person to promote Burra Foods, we are honoured to partner with a Gippsland local who is at the top of her profession," Mr Carson said.

Patterson has set her sights set on next year's Tokyo Olympics, with her personal goal of becoming the first Australian woman to jump two meters at a competition.

"We both deliver high quality on a world stage," Patterson, 24, said.

"For me, for the last year, it has all been about Tokyo, Tokyo, Tokyo and getting to the Olympics while, for Burra, Japan is a major customer.

"Burra Foods creates high-value products and South Gippsland is such an amazing place with the green rolling hills and farms.

"It is just such luscious land and it's able to produce some pretty amazing things.

"Everyone always says to me 'what's in the water?', but maybe it is just in the milk."

The appointment comes as the Korumburra milk processor launches a new-look brand and website.

Included in the brand refresh is a tweak to the much-loved and recognisable kookaburra logo.

The cheeky native bird still has pride-of-place but the logo overall has been given a more modern look.

Burra Foods Marketing and Communication lead Yuko Granger oversaw the brand refresh, which sought to better define the essence of what it means to be Burra.

"The pillars of Burra are sustainability, community and ingenuity and these are the same values that have shaped Burra since the business was founded in 1991," she said.

"Quintessentially 'Gippsland' but with increasing global recognition, Burra Foods has a solid Australian work ethic and community spirit and we wanted that to be on display with our brand."

Burra's new brand will be rolled-out across the business over the next two years - from product packaging to signage on dairy farm gates and milk tankers.

The new website is live at www.burrafoods.com.au.

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