Bega Cheese History
Butter factory established
Butter factory officially opened
Original co-op store was purchased
Butter factory built on present site
Name changed to The Bega Co-operative Society Ltd.
Erection of new Department Store
Commencement of milk receivals, town milk deliveries and cheese manufacture
Commencement of milk powder production
Opening of Canberra branch
Implementation of bulk milk collection and refrigerated farm milk vats
New cheese factory commissioned
Commenced manufacture of Kameruka brand cheese
Amalgamation with A.B.C. cheese society at Tilba
Opening of Queanbeyan branch
The Co-operative and its farmers participated in a successful campaign to gain access to a fair share of the NSW market for fresh milk
New Farm Supply Store opened in North Bega
Despatch tankers conversion from 13,500 litre to 22,500 litre capacity completed
Doubled capacity of Bega Cheese factory. Upgraded milk packaging in Bega and closed Queanbeyan factory
Use of factory-derived cheese starter commenced. Department Store closed and Arcade commenced. New Tetra Pak milk cartoning equipment installed
Redevelopment of Canberra factory completed. Arrangements made with large Victorian Co-operative, Bonlac, for them to market Bega Cheese in states other than NSW and the ACT.
Commenced packing milk in 2 litre plastic bottles. Sawdust-fired boiler commissioned
Bodalla Co-operative ceased operation and the thirteen farms supplying Bodalla transferred their supply to Bega 1990
Specialty cheese production commenced, these cheeses being marketing as the “Kameruka Selection”
Alfomatic cheddaring equipment and block forming towers installed in the cheese factory
Tourist facility, recreating the original butter factory, built. Erection commenced of the Spray-Drying Plant and controlled Temperature cheese storage. Milk processing business servicing Cooma and the Snowy Mountains acquired. Commenced cheese export to a number of countries
Spray-Drying plant. A group of East Gippsland farmers commenced supplying milk to Bega and formed the Green Valley Co-operative
The society’s fresh milk packaging and distribution activities in the South East of NSW, including Capitol Chilled Foods, were placed in a joint venture with Dairy Farmers Co-operative to from Capital Chilled Foods (Australia) Pty Ltd. 75% owned by Dairy Farmers and 25% owned by Bega
The cheese cutting, packaging and processing plant was constructed and commissioned in Ridge Street, Bega. This state of the art plant services the domestic and international markets for value added Bega Cheese consumer products.The cutting, packaging and processing unit was officially opened in October by the then Premier of New South, Bob Carr. The string cheese plant was commissioned at Bega, and Bega Stringers launched nationally into the domestic market.
Bega Cheese celebrated one hundred years as a dairy co-operative, 1899 to 1999.
In April 2001, the marketing function in Australia for the Bega brand was franchised to Bonland Dairies Ltd. a joint venture between Bonlac and the New Zealand Dairy Board. This arrangement saw the business of Bonlac’s Melbourne cheese cutting and packaging operations transferred to Bega during 2001/2002.In July of 2001, Bega Cheese commissioned its cheese shredding plant.
Work completed on the transfer of business from Bonlac, effectively increasing the throughput of the Bega plant to 40,000 metric tonnes of product per annum. Bega Cheese also commissioned its processed cheddar cheese canning line, adding this function to the growing capabilities of the Bega operations to service both domestic and international demand.
Bega Cheese acquired a 70% stake in the Victorian based dairy company, Tatura Milk Industries, in April 2007. Tatura Milk manufactures cream cheese, powders, infant formula and nutraceuticals. Executive Chairman of Bega Cheese, Barry Irvin, is also Chairman of Tatura Milk Industries.
The Bega Co-operative Society Limited changes corporate structure from a co-operative, to become an unlisted public company, known as Bega Cheese Limited.
Bega Cheese acquired the Coburg cheddar and mozzarella manufacturing location, capable of producing 10,000 mt of bulk product.
Bega Cheese acquired the ex Kraft, Strathmerton based, cheese processing plant with circa 75,000 mt of processed cheese capacity.
Bega Cheese Acquired 15% stake in Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Company.
On August 19 2011 Bega Cheese became a listed company on the ASX.
In December 2011 Bega Cheese purchased the remaining 30% of Tatura Milk Industries.
Commissioned New Tatura Milk Canning Facility at Derrimut
Bega Cheese acquires most of Mondelez’s international’s grocery business in Australia and new Zealand
Bega Cheese Acquires Peanut Company of Australia
Bega Cheese completes purchase of Koroit facility
Bega Cheese Acquires Lion Dairy and Drinks
Bega Cheese acquires Lion Dairy & Drinks on 25 January 2021, brands including, Dairy Farmers, Daily Juice, Farmers Union, Big M, Dare, Pura, Masters, The Juice Brothers and Berri.