Bega Cheese Limited
Bega Cheese – working together to deliver dairy products to the world.
Bega Cheese’s vision is to be an Australian dairy industry icon; valuing our heritage, people, customers and community. Embracing challenge. Driving change, building for the future.
Bega Cheese will be the dairy company of preference for customers, suppliers, staff and investors.
The cornerstone of our success is a strong focus on the needs of our customers, a record of superior shareholder returns, excellent supplier relationships, a safe and energised workforce and long term community support and engagement.
Dairying started in the Bega Valley in the 1850’s. In those days each farmer produced and sold products such as cheese and butter from their dairy. After a period of time local farmers decided to improve their individual production and marketing activities and banded together to establish The Bega Co-operative Creamery Company in 1899.
Bega Cheese’s original factory was opened in Bega in 1900.
There are now approximately 500 farmers supplying the Bega group with around 700 million litres of milk from the Bega region in NSW, as well as Gippsland and the Northern and Western Districts in Victoria. Bega Cheese’s original site at Lagoon Street still operates today producing cheddar and mozzarella cheese and whey powders. In 1997 Bega Cheese built a cheese processing and packaging facility in Ridge Street in Bega, value adding cheese for both the Australian and International market.
In April 2007 Bega Cheese acquired a 70% controlling interest in Tatura Milk Industries. Tatura Milk was established in 1907 and is located in the township of Tatura in Northern Victoria. Tatura Milk produces a wide range of dairy products and employs more than 300 people. Tatura Milk products are exported primarily to North and South East Asia. The acquisition was a good fit for Bega Cheese as it broadened the company’s product range with the addition of cream cheese, milk powders, infant formula and nutraceuticals complimenting Bega’s existing range of natural and processed cheddar cheese and whey powders.
In October 2008 Bega Cheese purchased the assets and operations of De Cicco Industries in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg. This site adds significantly to our bulk cheese manufacturing capability.
In March 2009, Bega Cheese acquired the cheese assets of Kraft Foods at Strathmerton in Victoria. The asset was one of the largest processed cheese facilities in Australasia and Bega further invested in the infrastructure adding natural cheese cutting capacity to the plant.
An important milestone for Bega Cheese occurred in August 2011 when the business listed on the Australia Stock Exchange (ASX). Following the successful listing, Bega Cheese then acquired the final 30% of Tatura Milk Industries, which then became a wholly owned subsidiary of Bega Cheese.
In March 2014 a life stage nutritional canning and blending plant was commissioned in Derrimut, Victoria. This new facility adds to the company’s capabilities which now includes the supply of retail ready infant formula and growing up milk powders to Australian and international customers. This initiative exemplifies the underlying long term strategy of developing value-added products which can be sold throughout the world.
Today, with sites spread from Bega to Melbourne to Northern Victoria, Bega Cheese employs over 1,700 people and the company has evolved from its modest and localised co-operative heritage in Bega into a significant and innovative player in the Australian and international dairy industry. The Company’s production of approximately 200,000 tonnes of dairy products equates to a sales turnover in excess of $1 billion per annum.
Bega’s rich history stands in pride of place across the business and the factors which have driven its success for over a century remain enmeshed in its culture, ensuring that it remains an Australian icon.