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Our COON® Cheese brand name recognises the work of an American, Edward William Coon, who patented a unique ripening process that was used to manufacture the original COON® Cheese.

The manufacturing of COON® Cheese in Australia commenced in November 1935 and continued through to December 1942, when production ceased because of the war. It recommenced in June 1948 at Allansford in the Western District of Victoria, and at Quinalow on the Darling Downs in Queensland. At that time, it was made in traditional red waxed cloth wrapped 7 lb 'Rounds'. 'Red Coon', as it was known, became popular for its mature flavour and texture.


COON® Cheese has been sliced, grated, melted and eaten by Australians for over 80 years. Made in Victoria and using 100% Australian milk, COON® Cheese’s special recipe was created in 1935 and brought a new consistent tasting cheddar to Australia.

COON® Cheese has been a part of toastie making, snacking and family favourite dinners for generation after generation.


In 2016 COON® Cheese recognised it’s place in Australian families and partnered with Swimming Australia to sponsor the Junior Dolphins Program, to encourage more children to join their local swimming club. Through the launch of their COON® Cheese Toastie Truck, Coon Cheese brought this program to life by attending a wide range of events, donating back to support the Junior Dolphins Program.

Recognising the success of the COON® Cheese Toastie Truck, in 2018 COON® Cheese launched the Community Toastie Truck. The truck is now available for fundraisers and events with 100% of all the profits going back to the community who runs it.