Cheese has been made in Kenilworth for more than 60 years. The Cochrane family, dairy farmers in the region for six generations, purchased the Kenilworth cheese factory in 2017 and it is now known as Kenilworth Dairies. The Cochrane farms provide the freshest, highest quality milk from their farms, a short distance away in the Mary Valley. This milk is made into the delicious cheese, yoghurt, mousse, and ice cream produced at Kenilworth Dairies.
The Kenilworth cheese factory was established in 1950 by the Kraft corporation to manufacture bulk cheese. The factory was closed in the 1980’s when Kraft centralised their production, a move which left many in the local community unemployed. Along with the support of a local businessman several of the factory’s employees then purchased the factory which re-opened for business in September 1990 as Kenilworth Country Foods.
Kenilworth Dairies comprises three productive farms in the Mary Valley, at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Friesian, Holstein, Brown Swiss and Jersey cattle are employed for the various characteristics they contribute to creating the perfect milk.
Kenilworth is nestled within the rolling hills of the Mary Valley 60km west of Noosa and approximately 2 hours drive north from Brisbane. With a history of agriculture, beef and dairy farming on rich fertile land, the Mary Valley has earned a reputation as a ‘food bowl’ in the south east corner of Queensland.