It’s been a while since I have bought Cream cheese. Those who know me, know that 20 or more years ago, I built a Cream cheese factory in FNQ for my then employer – Malanda Dairy Foods – now part of the Lion group.
At that time there were serious competitors in the South – Kraft, Bega and Lactos.
These companies were long established and very reputable. Their products are still on the market.
So when I was searching Woolworths Dairy aisle, I was surprised to find imported cream cheese at about a 25% discount on locally (Australian) produced cheese.
How can this be the case? We have heard how Woolworths has generously added $ to milk for drought support – but still buys foreign cheese for it’s own brand.
Woolworths are not the only ones – that is true, but I was surprised by this smaller line item.
Importing cheese for non branded products such as Pizza fillings is common too. (Dominos pizza imports about 7,000 tonnes per year – https://www.dairynewsaustralia.com.au/@news/2018/03/22/99011/bioengineered-dairy-is-coming ) at the same time this company has a separate branch dedicated to donating to good causes. https://www.giveforgood.org.au/about-us-1
Perhaps I am missing something, but supporting Australian farming businesses and their processors seems like a good way to “give for good” to me.