WA-made cheddar ramps up production again

Brownes Dairy is bringing back a Western Australian-made cheddar cheese, a move set to boost jobs and support the local South-West dairy industry to grow.

After a 14-year hiatus, the WA-made traditional cheddar cheese will be produced out of Brownes Creamery in Brunswick and is set to hit supermarket shelves from August 24.

The resumption of the local cheese production will benefit about 45 local dairy farmers supplying fresh milk to Brownes.

Up to 10 new local jobs will be created during the value adding production and distribution of the new cheese.

Production of traditional cheddar cheese is a welcome start bringing back a family favourite perfect for toasting, melting and adding to a variety of cooked dishes.

Brownes has plans to add further products with a mature cheddar cheese and vintage heritage reserve cheddar in the future.

“Western Australia has some of the finest and safest fresh produce in the world and it is really exciting to have a new locally-produced cheddar cheese back in production” said Western Australian premier Mark McGowan.

“Buying local and supporting our local primary industries and food value adding sector is so important, particularly as we continue on a path of economic recovery from a challenging few months.

“I encourage consumers to keep an eye out for the cheese in store and put it to the taste test.”

“WA’s dairy industry is an important contributor to our economy, with production valued at $188 million. Approximately 140 dairy farmers and an estimated 800 people are employed in dairy processing and support services for dairy products into domestic and export markets,” said Western Australian Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan.

“Bringing back the WA-made cheddar cheese is great news for our South-West dairy farmers with Brownes planning to increase its milk intake from 129 million litres to 140 million litres this year to support production.”