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Iwig Family Dairy seeking $650,000 in donations to stave off liquidation

September 24, 2013

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Marty Falkenstein, a manager for the Iwig Family Dairy store in north Lawrence, stocks the refrigerator on Tuesday. The dairy hopes to raise $650,000 through online donations to pay off debt.

Marty Falkenstein, a manager for the Iwig Family Dairy store in north Lawrence, stocks the refrigerator on Tuesday. The dairy hopes to raise $650,000 through online donations to pay off debt.

The milk is still fresh, but the financial situation at Tecumseh-based Iwig Family Dairy is souring.

The family-owned dairy that operates two retail stores in Lawrence is turning to an Internet campaign to try to raise $650,000 in donations to stave off a potential bank-ordered liquidation.

"We need to get out from underneath the bank," Tim Iwig, owner of the dairy said Tuesday after announcing that he had started a campaign on the fundraising site indiegogo.com.

Iwig said his Topeka-based lender is being pressured by the Farm Service Agency to liquidate the dairy's 108-acre farm and 65-head of dairy cattle. Iwig Family Dairy has been under bankruptcy protection since November, but he said he's now been informed that he needs to come up with money to pay off the bank by late October.

Iwig said a combination of a two-year drought that greatly increased feed costs for his cattle and the lack of federal disaster assistance for the dairy industry has been tough on his farm, which is more than a century old.

"The federal government is making grain farmers wealthier than they ever have been, but there is no program for dairy," Iwig said.

So Iwig said he hopes that loyal customers of the dairy, which serves its milk in glass bottles and uses an old-fashioned pasteurization process, will step forward and make donations.

"We need to pull some money together in October," Iwig said. "We don't need to pull it all together by then, but we need to make a really good start on it. What we really would like is to talk with an investor who could work with us and get us to a point that we need to be with this business."

Iwig said he thinks there's a strong market for his company's milk because the slow, low-heat pasteurization process produces a milk that is easier for people to digest and retains more of milk's natural health benefits.

"If we could have more money for marketing, we could really let consumers know the difference in our milk," Iwig said. "Then I think we would take off."

Currently, the company has a Topeka store, a store at its Tecumseh dairy grounds and two Lawrence stores — one at 19th and Massachusetts and its newest location at 622 N. Second St. in North Lawrence.

Iwig said the North Lawrence location is slowly building a following, and he said he would like to replace his 19th and Massachusetts store with a new location in West Lawrence. He said the company also would like to open a store in Manhattan.

But the first order of business is taking care of the bank. Iwig said he thought he had developed a business plan that would allow the company to emerge from bankruptcy in a stronger position. But that plan revolved around winning a contract to take grain waste from Topeka's Frito Lay plant to feed his dairy herd. When Iwig lost out on that feed supply, he started looking for less traditional methods, including the idea of a donation campaign.

"I have customers say all the time that they don't want to lose us," Iwig said. "They don't know what they will do if they can't buy milk from us, and they really love our ice cream. I know it is a lot of money, but you never know. We'll put it out there and see where it goes."

People looking to donated can go to the campaign page at indiegogo.com/projects/last-dairy-standing

Comments

cowboy 1 year, 1 month ago

Bout time to pack it in Iwig

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Topple 1 year ago

The problem is, they're relying on handouts, over and over, to sustain their business. Their business obviously isn't viable. It's unfortunate, but that's the way our country works.

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Elena Kanaeva 1 year ago

"it's unfortunate, but that's the way our country works". Well, country/state/town is made up of individuals, and this individual, when asked to pay $3.00 -$4.00 for a half-gallon of milk, would rather buy the kind that tastes awesome, is locally made, comes in a reusable glass container + from a real person whom I see working very hard on his family farm. You want a lively local economy? Start acting like you do: don't just say you support local business-->instead of always opting out for Walmart/ Dillons/Target/etc., take your time to find out about your local businesses and start supporting them-->in action! But what do most of us do? It's always just so much easier to hop in the car and head for the chain SUPER MARKET--the one with the solid business plan and no financial troubles. Ever wonder where those are headquartered? Not in KS now, are they? Is handing out hard-earned cash for the "who knows what's in it + where it's from" food/dairy at those supermarkets being smart? We, the customers, are the reason our smaller local businesses are failing. Because we are lazy and/or unwilling to change our habits, however small. Finally --I resent the use of the word "handouts"-->I donated to the campaign and will continue to do so--my money is a token of appreciation for the product/service that is valuable to me and my family. NOT a handout. Thank you, Tim and Lori!

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 1 month ago

A bank will work with any viable business, that's just the way it is. But, if a business does not appear as though it will ever be profitable enough to pay off the operating loan, the bank is going to want its money one way or another, in the interests of its depositors and investors.

It's the same way with your house mortgage. If you can't keep up with the payments, the bank is going to do something to limit its losses. Usually it's a foreclosure, and then a sale at auction.

I wonder, how many homeowners facing foreclosure make a public plea in the newspaper for donations to save their home from the consequences of not making timely payments?

If I were a banker, I would seriously wonder about a business that was not able to pay off the business loan - in over 100 years.

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 1 month ago

There is another important point. If someone invested $650,000 in the business, the Iwigs would almost certainly have to sign over title to the land and other assets. Then, the family would become employees subject to dismissal without notice at any time. Are they really the most qualified to handle their positions?

Is everyone in the family ready to punch a time clock, and answer to their new boss?

I'm from a farm background, and I've seen it many times. If you can't make your farm profitable, your farm is going to be sold off by the lending institution to someone who can, or possibly to someone who can make better use of those assets than you were able to.

It's business. And business is cold blooded. Sorry 'bout that.

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Bob Forer 1 year, 1 month ago

And usually the reason the new buyer is able to make the farm profitable has nothing to do with any incompetence on the part of the current owner, but instead, because the farm usually is sold for less than what is owed against it, and thus the new owner has less debt service to pay, and typically sufficient capital available when cash flow is poor.

I doubt that the reason a 100 year old family farm is having financial problems has anything to do with their work ethic or business plan. the fact of the matter is that most family farms have been bought up in the last two decades by agribusiness. It's too bad, but it it a reality that is hard to get around

I wish them the best.

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 1 month ago

I can't argue with you at all, because you have brought up very valid points. And bought up by corporate farms, I could expound at length upon that subject. In a capitalistic society, capital is king.

It is terribly hard to give up the family farm or ranch. I know all about that. It's hard for me to think about how the fields that I spent decades plowing are now being plowed by someone else. Today, there are only 80 acres left of the farmland that my father's family homesteaded in the 1880s. And on the other side of the family, my grandfather's ranch is also now owned by someone else. A river ran through it, and it was amazingly beautiful. When I was young, I thought it would always be in the family.

But sometimes, it's best to move on to a new life.

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wildcatksu 1 year, 1 month ago

Most family farms have not been bought out by corporate farms. There have been a lot of family farms that have several generations that have changed to an LLC but they are still family farms. There are also many family dairy farms still around. The fact is that this farm wants to expand without taking out loans. They want to open an additional store. They stopped selling to many local grocers and want to sell directly out of their own personal store. I think this business needs to be investigated for accounting procedures because it just doesn't add up.

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cowboy 1 year, 1 month ago

Seems a classic sad story of hanging on too long , refusing to give up. Sad but it happens .

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Bob Forer 1 year, 1 month ago

Can you blame them?. Its been in their family for 100 years. I would imagine that unless you are in their shoes (and I am not), it is impossible to understand the emotions involved.

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TongiJayhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

After 100 years the place isn't paid for?

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Bob Forer 1 year, 1 month ago

Looks like they have raised $500 so far. I have no problem with them asking for donations. But the amount seems untenable. I am sure there are folks who would donate if they felt the family had a realistic chance of raising the money requested. But $650,000 seems like an absolute pipedream.

Large scale farms are in. There is a reason there is only one small family dairy left in the area. The small dairies cant' compete with agribusiness. While their milk is of a better quality and healthier, apparently there are not enough customers to support it. Sadly, I think that is not only a reality, but a insurmountable obstacle that the family cannot overcome.

BTW, anyone know how much a gallon of their milk costs. Just curious? I suspect it is more than the agribusiness milk.

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fiddleback 1 year, 1 month ago

About $4, but that's comparable to buying organic at the grocery store. "Agribusiness milk" is fine if you like bovine growth hormones.

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Joe Blackford II 1 year, 1 month ago

"bovine growth hormones."

That'll be the least of concerns, once the NBAF & Big Fharma assure DHS every calf must have their anti-terrorism vacinations.

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tomatogrower 1 year, 1 month ago

Actually, that's not the real concern with the agribusiness. They hurry, hurry, hurry and over heat the milk when they pasteurize it. Iwigs vat pasteurize it slowly. This not only improves the flavor, but it doesn't kill enzymes that help you to digest it. I'm in my 60's and when I was young there was almost no one lactose intolerant, but now bunches of people are. I don't have a lot of problems, but when I drink milk other than Iwig, I am more gassy.

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paul85 1 year, 1 month ago

If you are lactose intolerant, you are normal. Lots of abnormal people around in the 60's it seems.

http://www.healthytheory.com/if-youre-lactose-intolerant-youre-normal

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gatekeeper 1 year ago

If you try their milk, you will happily hand them the money for more. I will only use milk if it's from them. They go under, I won't touch any other milk from a grocery store. Pour two glasses, drink from both and you'll see the junk they sell at the grocery stores is disgusting and makes you ill.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 1 month ago

IWIG milk products are good. Yes we buy it frequently and we make our own yogurt from this desirable product.

We want them to stay in business.

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 1 month ago

Give them a $649,500 donation and then there will be no problem.

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gl0ck0wn3r 1 year ago

Have you written your check yet, Merrill?

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appleaday 1 year, 1 month ago

Too bad their last name isn't Compton or Fritzel.

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 1 month ago

The sheer scale of the amount of money the Iwigs are trying to raise boggles my imagination. My grandfather's ranch was rather large, I'm not sure exactly what the size was, but I believe it was in excess of 640 acres, that is, one square mile. And it was riverbottom land, ideal for cattle. There was a large barn, outbuildings, and a ranch house on it. It sold something like 8 years ago for only $125,000. I was very surprised, and I was told that was all that the ranch was worth. Because it was so far from any city, of course.

The Iwig's own only 108 acres, which in other areas of the midwest, is just about nothing at all. That is, it is less than 6% of the area of my grandfather's ranch. But, it is near larger cities, and there are two factors that drive up the price of land under the circumstances that the Iwigs face. One is land speculators, and the other is hobby farmers. Working in tandem, they drive up the price of farm and ranch land considerably.

So, without accounting for the increase in farm and ranch land lately, is their land really worth over 16 times the value of ranch land in western Nebraska? Even if it is, that leaves approximately $500,000 unaccounted for.

Do they really have something like $400,000 to $500,000 in assets beyond the value of the land and outbuildings?

But that is dodging the two real questions:
1) What is their land actually worth in today's market?
2) What is the value of the other assets of the Iwig dairy operation?

It would take a careful inventory and accounting to answer those two questions. And, I tend to think that the Farm Service Agency has already been through those two questions, and concluded that the Iwig's efforts would be better spent elsewhere.

As an aside, Westar (WR) has been in the news a lot lately. If a person were to invest $650,000 in WR, the combined dividends and increase in stock value would pretty much equal a return of $26,000 per year, without putting forth any effort at all.

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Bob Forer 1 year, 1 month ago

My guess is that they valued the land at fair market value in making the loans, but since the land is located in a developed area, it is worth much more than farm ground. A problem arises because it doesn't cash flow any more than a farm in the boondocks, but the loan payments are higher. That simply compounds the many problems already facing your typical family farm.

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 1 month ago

You are definitely correct, but you left out the tax assessment problem. Years ago, my father used to deliver cattle feed to a farm near Denver, Colorado. Denver grew up around the farm, and the family held onto the farm as long as possible. After a while, my father had to drive through Denver to deliver the cattle feed, and finally the family had to give up and sell the family farm, because it was being taxed as land within the city of Denver, and they couldn't afford to pay the taxes anymore.

They did quite well selling their very large parcel of land within Denver, Colorado. But I'm sure it was very painful for them to do that. Today, that farm is just another part of Denver.

And about the "many problems facing your typical family farm," I could write a book, I think. I grew up in a small farming community, and starting in the late 1960s, the smaller farmers were selling out right and left, and moving away to work a regular job, because they just could not afford to compete with the larger farmers, and later, the corporate farms, which began in earnest in about the late 1970s.

A very short statement: A fantastic amount of farm subsidies are collected by corporate farms. That's one of the reasons they are so profitable, at the expense of the smaller family farms.

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tomatogrower 1 year, 1 month ago

And the bank really doesn't want to work with the family, because there are developers chomping at the bit to buy it and build ticky tack houses.

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Reid Hollander 1 year, 1 month ago

I can see why you got scammed out of the true value of your family's ranch. 108 is not less than 6% of 640.

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 1 month ago

You're right, the correct percentage, if it was 640 acres, is 16.875%. Apparently I messed up with my calculator. I tend to not spend too much time on my postings here so sometimes I make mathematical errors. But, I'm not sure how large that ranch actually was, it might have been larger. Anyway, I had no say in the matter, it was up to the heirs. I only heard about it after the deal was done.

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TongiJayhawk 1 year, 1 month ago

"excess of 640 acres, that is, one square mile. And it was riverbottom land, ideal for cattle. There was a large barn, outbuildings, and a ranch house on it. It sold something like 8 years ago for only $125,000

$195 an acre? Not a chance, maybe you meant $1,125,000

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 1 month ago

For reasons that I'm not at liberty to discuss, I don't think it was $1,125,000, although that was my guess as to its value. But, if that was the actual selling price, I was misled. On second thought, it is possible you are right. In which case, it would behoove you to become my best friend very quickly.

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Elena Kanaeva 1 year ago

Comparison to Westar is unwarranted-->the latter is a monopoly. Regulated, but a monopoly + the one that is NOT really a subject to the market rules--> they will make the ends meet (and more==>make a return on investment) no matter what. So yeah, I suppose, from the investor's point of view, investing in WR makes a lot more sense, but again-->if investors turn their back on WR, WR has another way way out-->as you saw them do many times, they can file an application with the Kansas Corporation Commission for a rate increase. This Company has almost 700,000 captive retail customers who can't opt out of paying the ever higher rate, because those customers can't choose another electricity provider unless they move out of Westar's service territory. Iwig's don't have that option-->they ARE subject to the market rules-->if the investors are absent, they can't make it up in higher prices on their product, as their competition is abound. My point is==>investing in WR is only about making money. Investing in Iwig's to me is more than that. It's about making a point + doing the right thing for Kansas. Period.

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year ago

I'm sure your check for $500,000 will help a great deal. But remember - you won't be investing in Iwig Dairy, you will be donating your money, it's going to be a gift, and you won't get any of it back. You won't get any return on it, and it's not tax deductible.

I only mentioned WR to point out the sheer scale of the sum of money that they are asking people to give them.

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Al Deathe 1 year, 1 month ago

Why dont they just ask the City of Lawrence for a loan like the shelter did, best rates around!

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thelonious 1 year, 1 month ago

I hesitate to even comment on this situation, as I find it kind of sad, but I have a High School friend in Central Missouri who runs a 3rd generation dairy farm with his brother and his brother's sons, and they simply do not have these problems. At all. Also, I am an accountant. I feel bad about this situation, but I can say this - there is something wrong with this picture. I won't speculate beyond that, the rest of you can fill in the blanks, but something does not add up. It may be as simple as the demand for traditional dairy lessening as consumers switch to almond milk and soy milk, and the marginal traditional dairy producers who expanded too fast and took on too much debt get pushed out first. It's the way things work - you can fight it all you want, but you are better off figuring out a way to adapt. Unfortunately, the Iwig Dairy's time may be up. Better for them to accept that and figure out a way to move on than drag out the pain, but that is just my opinion and I do not know any specifics about their situation.

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chootspa 1 year, 1 month ago

They tried something new, and things were initially going well: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/apr...

Then things were not going so well: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/oct...

Very, very not well: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2012/nov...

And yet they kept expanding here in Lawrence, in spite of the lack of success at the other location: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/jul...

So really, it sounds like the company broke with tradition, tried a new approach, and when it started to fail, they doubled down instead of returning to traditional marketing or trying a different approach.

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myjaan2007 1 year, 1 month ago

Are you kiiding me? Does money grow on tree? How about donating some money to those, who can barely eat? These people are greedy. How do they pay rents, if they did not have any money? This is totally a hoax. I know they have a store in Topeka, which does very well. I have had bad experience shopping there few times. My question is to them and all: "If your store is going to hell, why not shut it down and let other entreprenuers start a new business." If they needed money that bad, why they opened another store? Jjust think guys before you donate any money. It would be wrong to say IWIG milk is the best. There are other brand organic milk available. Do not fall for this crap. Westar energy just increased the rate. We need money to pay the bill. Will IWIG lower their milk price for us? No. I do not think so. This is insanity asking for money from the customer.

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 1 month ago

They are not asking for that much money. All they are asking for is the price of 162,500 gallons of milk, at the price quoted earlier.

If you drank a gallon of milk a day, you'd drink that much in about 444.9 years.

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tomatogrower 1 year, 1 month ago

I was part of their bankruptcy restructuring. They needed to show the judge that they could expand their base. Have you been to their north store? They are selling cones of their yummy ice cream too.

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Maggie Morrissey 1 year ago

I hope your employer is made aware of you disclosing information about their bankruptcy. What code of ethics are you following that you would bring up or disclose ANY detail, small or large, about their bankruptcy??? If you are self-employed I hope clients discontinue employing your services. Maybe you can get a job on the milk farm!

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gatekeeper 1 year ago

tomato didn't disclose anything, chill out. All the comment says is that they were part of the bankruptcy restructuring. No details there. Nothing wrong with pointing out that they could show the judge that they're expanding their base (they are, that's a fact) and that they're now selling really good ice cream and have a great store in N Lawrence that has a lot of loyal patrons. This is a new development since their bankruptcy hearing.

Get a grip.

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tomatogrower 1 year, 1 month ago

You don't have to donate. Chill.

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myjaan2007 1 year, 1 month ago

And the guy Chad Lawhorn is not a good editor. How can agree to write a such thing like that? May be Chad can donate all the money to them. Or ask Brownback for that....hhahahahaaaaaa

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 1 month ago

myjaan2007, please do not bring this matter to Governor Sam Brownback's attention.

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MarcoPogo 1 year ago

"And the guy Chad Lawhorn is not a good editor. How can agree to write a such thing like that? May be Chad can donate all the money to them."

Okay, class, who wants to play a game of "Spot the Funny Parts of the Post"?

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James Kirk 1 year ago

The post and the poster aren't worth anyone's time.

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roadwarrior 1 year, 1 month ago

Seems there are several options beyond just donations. Maybe time is too much of an issue. Contracts for purchase could be used at the bank to show steady flow of income at a measurable level. I thought at one time they were selling through the grocery stores, that had to be a contract and was handy too. Maybe also, contracts from individuals - "buy a years supply, up front". Didn't really hear what they were offering in exchange for the "donation". I do hope they can get themselves an investor and start picking up some contracts.

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year, 1 month ago

I think they made a mistake in opening their own stores, instead of selling exclusively through specialty stores such as the Mercantile. Opening your own stores that carry only your own product is a very expensive proposition.

Impulse purchases are a large part of any business' sales. If only your own products are carried, you'll miss out on all those sales, as well as the customers who only want to try your product without making a special trip. If the Iwig product is as described, there will be repeat customers, but they would never go out of their way just to try something new.

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gatekeeper 1 year ago

You should visit the store in N. Lawrence. We love it. Myself and many other neighbors walk or ride our bikes to get milk and ice cream. They've got products from other local businesses too (jams, eggs, fresh veggies, cheese, salsa, etc...).

All those that are judging don't appear to have been to their stores or tried their products.

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gl0ck0wn3r 1 year ago

A store can be a great store and fun to visit but still not be a good business.

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gatekeeper 1 year ago

the point being that if many of you actually WENT to the store, you would probably become a loyal customer. Great product, great service. One big problem is that so many are just too lazy to go anywhere beside the grocery store. Get off your butts and support local business. Oh, it might take me a few extra minutes to go there. Boo hoo. Everyone's lazy!

When I first brought home milk from there and my husband saw how much it was, he thought I was crazy. Now he refuses to use milk or milk products from anywhere else.

Understand yet? Go try it, you will be a loyal customer, the dairy makes money and stays in business. Or stay lazy, drink bad milk that harms you and help local farmers go under.

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tomatogrower 1 year, 1 month ago

The stores, even the Merc were only willing to give the a small portion of the profit.

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Ron Holzwarth 1 year ago

If the Merc had given all of the profits to all of their suppliers, the store would have closed in the 1970s.

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Matthew Herbert 1 year, 1 month ago

I will continue to donate to their fund the same way all consumers donate to a private business- by purchasing their product. They can expect another $4 from me today in fact.

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Slowponder 1 year, 1 month ago

This story misses alot. The Iwig Bankruptcy has a plan that has been denied confirmation and the bank, Kaw Valley Bank in Topeka, has been granted relief from stay to foreclose in state court. Assuming Iwig owes KVB $650k, they need the $$ to pay them off and then deal with the other objections in their bankruptcy case from Westar and some small fed agency called the IRS.

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John Pultz 1 year, 1 month ago

We used to buy lots of Iwig milk when it was at Hy-Vee. Unfortunately, as I understand it, Iwig stopped distributing through Hy-Vee and maybe some other large grocers. The did this because the financial numbers didn't work out well when they sold through the grocers. Iwig instead began concentrating on selling through their own stores so that they would not have to sell to the grocers at wholesale prices. While this may make sense in terms of numbers. it certainly led our family away from the milk, We just don't have time to make another stop in our busy days.

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Bob Forer 1 year ago

"We just don't have time to make another stop in our busy days."

Very valid point. I would buy from them, but the added gasoline to go to one of their stores would result in a total cost of around $7.00 for a gallon of milk, not to mention the extra time invovled. .

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gatekeeper 1 year ago

So, it would take you a gallon of gas to drive to get their milk? Are you in Topeka?

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KUGreenMachine 1 year ago

They wouldn't be out of business if they would have figured out the whole part of delivering the milk to stores. When you go 6 months of shorting store's orders and leave their shelves empty that store is likely to find another supplier of glass bottle milk, which they have.

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KUGreenMachine 1 year ago

Just think if they had the same protection that liquor store owners have, where large grocers weren't able to sell milk! Then they wouldn't have any issues with having to go out of business!

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Justin Roberts 1 year ago

No doubt they have a great product. If you have ever had there milk you can taste the difference. Unfortunately a great product doesn't always make a business profitable. I hope they receive enough donations to pay off the bank loan but I fear it is only delaying the inevitable.

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Matthew Herbert 1 year ago

and expanding the number of locations for a business that can't draw customers doesn't guarantee an expansion of customer base....just an expansion of building and utility costs.

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Topple 1 year ago

I'd try their milk if there was a location closer to West Lawrence. As it stands, I'm not driving all the way across town to get milk. I really dislike traveling Mass St., so unless I'm already over there, it's unlikely I would visit.

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gatekeeper 1 year ago

I'm amazed at how many of you in West Lawrence stay in your little bubble and don't venture out of yuppyville. Sad.

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asixbury 1 year ago

Your comment presumes alot. I live in West Lawrence, work in West Lawrence, and only go to Mass when needed. I dislike the traffic congestion and do not shop at Iwig's for the same reason. I only have so many free hours in my day and choose where to shop mostly on convenience. My time is worth more, at least to me. If I'm in the area, I will stop and pick up their milk, but I do not make an extra 20 min. drive for only that reason. And by the way, I like west Lawrence...it's very pretty and has lots of biking/hiking trails for me and my dogs.

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tomatogrower 1 year ago

You could take the turnpike from the West Lawrence entrance to the East Lawrence, shop at the north side store, slip back the same way, then you wouldn't have to spend much time in the parts of Lawrence that scare you.

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Richard Heckler 1 year ago

For those who love local fresh milk buy more and eat their ice cream. Their chocolate milk is to die for.

The 19th street store keeps local produce and Central Soy Tofu on hand.

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patkindle 1 year ago

it sounds like they have a great product, just not enough customers to support the business the way the want to run it

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Carol Bowen 1 year ago

I don't know anything about farming, but this statement caught my eye: "The federal government is making grain farmers wealthier than they ever have been, but there is no program for dairy," Iwig said. There has been a lot of debate over the farm bill, but I did not read that congress removed or reduced subsidies (welfare) for corporate farms. So, why would Iwig's request sound like charity rather than subsidy?

On another note, we buy milk from this dairy, because it's easier to digest. I thought I was lactose intolerant, but it must be something in mass produced milk products that is not digestible. If Iwig's folds, I will be out of a dairy source. There are probably others who are not aware of this option.

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Jason Johnson 1 year ago

I'm tired of people looking for bailouts. (private or government)

If your business is going to fail, then you're doing something wrong. Either adapt or get out.

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jjinks 1 year ago

I would like to make a couple of suggestions to the Iwig dairy business. 1) Location is a big plus, downtown Lawrence is not where people go to buy groceries and neither is North Lawrence. 2) A very good business practice is the art of advertising, I had never even heard off Iwig Dairy until I read this story. There may be some big reasons this dairy is not making the money that it should but I am going to try their products this week and see if they are worthy of a donation, but then buying their product is a donation isn't it, I'll be killing two birds with one stone so to speak.

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gatekeeper 1 year ago

The N Lawrence store is great because those of us that live there have no grocery store and now have a great little place to get good quality milk, ice cream, cheese, etc... They filled a niche that was needed. They didn't open it to get you to drive from other parts of town to their store. It serves N Lawrence and those that drive through our area every day commuting to Lawrence for work.

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Richard Heckler 1 year ago

The 19th and Mass store will be closing. However the North Lawrence Store will still be open for business. Local veggies,Tofu and other local products will be available.

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