Mainland Cheese Heritage

Our Heritage

Every Mainland product has a secret ingredient – time. Combined with the purest ingredients from New Zealand, it’s what gives our cheese that distinctive Mainland flavour.

At Mainland we know that you can’t hurry nature or our cheese makers; “Cheese is ready when it’s ready”, they say. So they wait to make sure that every block is perfectly matured before we offer it to you. That can mean a fair bit of waiting – up to 36 months for our Epicure Cheddar, so that it can produce a sharpness in flavour you will never forget.

At Mainland, cheese is our whole life.

From the craftsmanship, passion and experience of our cheese makers to the purest New Zealand ingredients that go into it, we want everyone to share our enthusiasm for cheese.

Hopefully you’ll start by trying some of our new recipes and simple twists with your favourite Mainland cheese or perhaps explore some new varieties.

We’ll be giving you all sorts of hints, tips and advice but you don’t have to try everything at once.

Remember the secret of Mainland cheese – good things take time…

Our History


Food technologist, Peter McConnon, set up a 2 year contract to supply Auckland Food Products with South Island cheese.


The Mainland brand was registered with the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand.


Mainland Vintage Cheddar was trademarked, ensuring Mainland could maintain and develop its advantage in mature Cheddars.


Mainland built its own premises in Dunedin.


Mainland turns 50, celebrating a history of fine mature Cheddars, a trusted quality product range and proven craftsmanship.


Mainland’s new look packaging hits the shelf, an exciting new TV campaign is launched, as well as many other things happening in and around your local community.