WA-made cheddar cheese will hit supermarket shelves for the first time in 14 years next month, creating 10 new jobs and stronger demand for locally produced fresh milk. The cheese is being made by Brownes Dairy at its Brunswick creamery, which underwent a $10 million revival following the 2017 purchase by the Shanghai Ground Food Tech company. More recently, about $2 million was spent on value-adding and cutting facilities at the creamery. Brownes Dairy managing director Tony Girgis said about 15,000 tonnes of cheddar cheese was imported into WA each year, part of the 50,000t of cheese imported into WA annually. Mr Girgis hopes cheese produced using locally sourced milk will displace some of the thousands of tonnes travelling west across the Nullarbor. Resumption of cheese production for the local market will provide a boost to about 45 local dairy farmers supplying milk to Brownes. It also creates an extra 10 jobs in value-adding and distribution, many in Brunswick. Mr Girgis said as well as the local market, Brownes hoped to sell cheese to the Eastern States by Christmas, and it would also target South-East Asia, including China. The range includes cheddar cheese, a mature cheddar and vintage heritage reserve cheddar. WAFarmers dairy section president Michael Partridge said any potential for growth in the embattled local dairy industry was welcome, and it was good to have “true blue” WA cheese back on the shelf. He urged consumers to buy local and support WA farmers. Agriculture and Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said bringing back the WA-made cheddar cheese was great news for South West dairy farmers. Brownes Dairy recently revived its “milko” delivery service, initially to households self-isolating due to COVID-19. The service proved so popular Brownes has now made it permanent.