When buying dairy products, it’s important to buy Australian to support the Aussie dairy farmers and communities that make it. It’s good to know that most milk sold in Australia is sourced right here from dairy farms in Australia.
Rules around country of origin labelling have been introduced by Australian regulators to help people identify what proportion, by weight, of a food’s ingredients are produced in Australia. Mandatory bar charts on most product packaging must show the proportion of Australian ingredients contained in a product – see the below example.
The main ingredient in dairy foods like yoghurt, cheese, custard, cream and butter is milk, therefore the bar chart is largely an indicator of where the milk in the dairy product comes from. Ice cream is the only product where country of origin labelling is not mandatory, it is voluntary, so you may need to contact the manufacturer if you’re unsure.
We encourage you to check the labels of all dairy products to ensure that what you buy is made from milk produced in Australia.
Support Aussie Cheese
There are hundreds of Australian cheeses to be found at your local farmer’s market, specialty cheese retailer or suburban supermarket. Look out for the ‘Australian Made/Product of Australia’ logo or ask your local deli owner/cheesemonger for Australian varieties of the cheese you are looking for e.g. parmesan, cheddar, blue cheese, brie washed rind, semi-hard/eye cheese and hard cheese.
We also have some great online platforms delivering the best of Australia’s cheese right to your doorstep:
Here is also a collection of some of our Australian cheesemakers. Explore their stories (and their cheese!):
Apostle Whey Cheese
Berry’s Creek Cheese
Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese
Great Ocean Road
Holy Goat Cheese
Milawa Cheese Mersey Valley
Prom Country Cheese
Shaw River Buffalo Cheese
Stone & Crow Cheese
Tarago River Cheese
That’s Amore Cheese
Tolpuddle Goat Cheese
Yarra Valley Dairy