Dairy product manufacturer
Founded in 1899 in the Bega Valley, NSW. Today the company is a major cheese producer supplied by 500 dairy farms from NSW and VIC, with one factory in Bega and two in Victoria. Acquired 70% of Tatura Milk Industries in 2007, and the remaining 30% in 2011. Changed corporate structure from a co-operative to an unlisted public company in 2008, and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in 2011. All Bega branded cheese products are marketed in Australia by Fonterra. Acquired the Vegemite brand and Kraft license from Mondelez Australia in Jan 2017.
|Bega Cheese Ltd||AUS||website|
|Bega Cheese Ltd|
Company has brands are rated 'green' in Greenpeace True foods Guide, signifying a clear policy on excluding GE-derived ingredients, including oils derived from GE crops, and animal products from animals fed on GE crops.
[Source 2011][More on Genetic Engineering]
In Dec 2015 the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) issued a $15,000 penalty notice to this company for using wet sawdust fuel in its wood-fired boiler at the Lagoon Street premises, leading to a discharge of excessive smoke.
[Source 2016][More on Habitats]
This company has environmental claims, policy documents and a Sustainability Report on its website.
[Source 2016][More on Sustainability Reporting]
In 2014 a former CEO of Bega Cheese pleaded guilty to multiple charges of child sexual abuse on the NSW far south coast. Maurice Van Ryn sexually abused and indecently assaulted six boys at his Tathra home over the past eight years. Van Ryn was CEO of Bega Cheese from 1990 to 2005.
[Source 2014][More on Human Rights]
|Company Structure||Public company|
|Revenue||$1.2 billion in 2016|
|# Employees||1,650 in 2016|
|Company Ranking||353 in top 2000 Australian companies|
|Subsidiaries||Tatura Milk Industries Ltd
Capitol Chilled Foods (Australia) Pty Ltd (50% owned)
|Address||23-45 Ridge St, North Bega, NSW, 2550, Australia|
|Phone||02 6491 7777|
|Fax||02 6491 7700|
Products / BrandsBega Cheese
Kraft Peanut/Nut Butter
Kraft Cheese Spread
Kraft Salad Dressing/Mayonnaise
Kraft Chocolate Spread
Kraft Easy Mac Packet Meals
Kraft Mac & Cheese Packet Meals
Vegemite Yeast Spread
Zoosh Salad Dressing/Mayonnaise
Vegemite set to return to Australian ownership
20th Jan 2017 — Vegemite is set to return to Australian ownership after dairy company Bega announced it would buy most of Mondelez International's Australia and New Zealand grocery and cheese business.
The deal does not include Philadelphia products but will see Australian ownership of Kraft-branded products, including peanut butter, cheeses and mayonnaise. [source]