Brownes Dairy launches only WA made cheddar cheese

Brownes Dairy staff with WA Premier Mark McGowan. Photo is supplied.
Brownes Dairy staff with WA Premier Mark McGowan. Photo is supplied.

From August people will be able to buy WA made cheddar cheese from WA milk after a 14 year hiatus.

Brownes Dairy announced on July 29 that it will become the only WA-based company producing cheddar cheese from fresh West Australian milk in a move that is expected to grow the dairy industry and create jobs along the supply chain.

Brownes Dairy chief executive officer Tony Girgis said the company had a long history and demand had grown for the cheddar variety.

"It's exciting to be going back to our roots and giving the people of WA a local product that they've certainly missed," Mr Girgis said.

The WA-made cheddar from Brownes Dairy will use old-style cheddaring techniques, including long and slow maturation at low temperatures.

Last produced in WA for local consumers in 2006, Brownes Dairy has made significant investment at its Creamery in Brunswick in WA's South West to make traditional cheddar from local milk.

While there are other cheddar brands in WA, none actually make the cheddar cheese in WA, using completely locally-sourced milk.

"Consumers probably don't think about their fresh cheese travelling across the nullabor, but until now that's what has been happening. We are supporting the local dairy industry by introducing a family staple back into WA supermarkets," Mr Girgis said.

WA currently imports 15,000 tonnes of cheddar cheese a year. Total cheese imports into the state amounts to about 50,000 tonnes of cheese annually.

The Brownes Dairy cheddar cheese range is available online now through the Milko delivery service and will be on supermarket shelves from August 24.