Iconic Australian dairy brand is saved by locals after Chinese buyer tried to shut down the business

A popular Australian cheese and yogurt brand has been saved from closure and is back in local hands after its Chinese owner shut down the business.

USA Online Post Australia understands the Margaret River Dairy Company based in Metricup, an hour south of Perth, has been bought by a local dairy business and is preparing to resume production, although products are not yet available.

The much-loved items disappeared from supermarket shelves last year after Sydney’s former owner Manassen Foods, which is in turn owned by Chinese company Bright Foods, closed the business.

The Shanghai-based conglomerate had been trying to sell the company since 2021, but Manassen announced it would close its doors in September 2023 after a buyer could not be found.

The company’s store at Metricup was a popular tourist destination and its closure on October 1 by the overseas owner was a blow that angered local residents.

The Margaret River Dairy Company has been rescued and is back in Australian hands with products set to return to Australian supermarket shelves later this year

The Margaret River Dairy Company has been rescued and is back in Australian hands with products set to return to Australian supermarket shelves later this year

The Margaret River Dairy company has been in business in one form or another for over half a century.

Its origins can be traced back to a group of Italian artisan cheesemakers who set out to make farmhouse and ricotta cheeses in suburban Perth in 1966.

After moving to the countryside outside the city, the operation known as Fonti Farm Cheeses merged in 1994 with a nearby boutique cheese factory known as the Margaret River Cheese Company.

When Manassen bought the business in 2000, they renamed it the Margaret River Dairy Company.

Eleven years later, Manassen was acquired by Bright Foods.