Connoisseurs of cheese in Victoria are likely familiar with Europa Cheese and its distinctive red and blue logo. The made-in-Australia manufacturer of traditional Italian-style and local cheeses has been a popular choice across the country since it was founded in 1971, and recently attained organic certification.
The business is now owned by Quality Dairy Foods Pty Ltd, who employ expert cheese makers that are committed to expanding and improving the range of cheeses on offer. Customers can currently choose from a variety of cheeses including Romano, Pecorino, Cheddar, Parmesan and Ricotta, made with farm-fresh milk from Victoria’s famous Gippsland dairy region.
For the proprietors, the decision to become certified organic came about due to strong customer demand, and a desire to build trust in the company’s consistent manufacturing processes. Organic ingredients are locally sourced from approved suppliers, without use of artificial colours, preservatives or added chemicals. The company invested in state-of-the-art technology during 2011 to prepare for the future growth of the business.
Thanks to the company’s local team and supply chain network, QDF were able to maintain full operation through the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is now looking to build capacity with the development of some new cheese varieties such as Fetta, Mozzarella and Paneer.
Europa Cheese has a wide distributor network. To locate your nearest distributor, call +613 5941 9025. Businesses interested in becoming a new distributor can visit the website here to complete an enquiry form.
Quality Dairy Foods also operate a Shop at their Purton Road, Pakenham factory, which is open to the public from 9am to 3pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. You can check out their website to find out more about Europa Cheese varieties and the history of the company.