Brownes Dairy has brought locally made cheddar cheese to shelves in Western Australia.

The company this week announced they had brought back their cheddar, which ceased production in 2006.

The cheese, which uses 100% locally sourced WA milk, is made using ‘old-style’ cheddaring techniques, such as long and slow maturation at low temperatures.

The range includes a 12-month matured cheddar and a vintage heritage reserve cheddar aged between 24-36 months.

The announcement follows significant investment from the company in its Bruswick creamery in south-west WA to enable it to produce the cheese.

Brownes said the state currently imports 15,000 tonnes of cheddar cheese each year, and CEO Tony Girgis said he was proud to be producing locally made cheese from WA milk.

“It’s exciting to be going back to our roots and giving the people of WA a local product that they’ve certainly missed,” he said.

“Brownes Dairy has a rich history of making cheese, which dates back to the 1930s. We want to bring cheddar cheese back to WA because we know there is demand for it and we are keen to invest in WA dairy.”

“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,” said Mr Girgis.

The range is available now through Brownes’s ‘Milko’ online order and delivery service and will be in supermarkets from August 24.

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