Dairying started in the Bega Valley in the 1850s and each farmer sold the produce from his own dairy. In an effort to improve their individual production and marketing activities, local farmers banded together to establish the Bega Co-operative Creamery Company on July 15 1899.
The Bega Factory began production in 1900. Demand grew for the rich, creamy products made in the traditional way. Bega Cheese has been a dominant brand in the Australian market for over 40 years in both processed and natural cheddar cheese products. Today, the Company regularly sells at the rate of over 1 million packs of cheese per day across all brands and customers, from its two manufacturing sites at Bega NSW and Strathmerton in Victoria.