Made in Mount Gambier, Philadelphia is considered Australia’s number one and most popular cream cheese, with the factory producing 20,000 tonnes (equivalent to 80 million tubs) of cream cheese annually. The company, promoted as a ‘genuine’ South Australian operation, is also said to source nearly 150 million liters of fresh milk from local dairy farms each year.
On Friday, South African Prime Minister Peter Malinauskas, Primary Industries Minister Clare Scriven, past and present employees and local dairy farmers gathered at Mount Gambier to celebrate the milestone.
Mr Malinauskas says Philadelphia cream cheese is one of South Africa’s most iconic, yet humble, exports.
“Philadelphia’s Mount Gambier factory is one of South Africa’s quiet export success stories, bringing quality fresh produce from the Limestone Coast to Australia and Asia-Pacific,” he says. “The Limestone Coast is a key economic driver for South Africa and has untapped economic potential, which is why my government is investing over $130 million in the region.
“I congratulate Mondelēz International and its staff on this important milestone.”
Site Director Adam Borchers says he feels humbled and honored to work with such an iconic and beloved product in Australia and around the world.
“Philly is a shining example of how the best of South Australian dairy is presented to the world,” he says. “A third of our volumes are exported to international markets, including South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. It’s a pleasure to know that there is a taste of SA in every cheesecake and on every bagel made with our brand. »
Philadelphia says it has no plans to slow down, with the company investing $50 million over the past decade to support growth ambitions and export opportunities.
Local demand for cream cheese is said to have “increased” since Covid-19 as Australians are inspired to spend more time in the kitchen.
The cream cheese maker has also partnered with Cadbury to develop Philadelphia products inspired by Marble and Caramilk.
“We are incredibly proud of the past 50 years and look forward to continuing to be Australia’s favorite spreadable cheese for many years to come,” says Borchers.