Whitestone Cheese was founded in 1987 as a diversification during the 1980s rural downturn and a series of crippling droughts.
Bob’s experience in livestock trading was quickly applied to cheese trading. The original factory was set up in Oamaru in a converted garage with milk sourced from local farms and one variety, Whitestone Farmhouse was launched.
The business slowly grew as an extension of the farming operation until today's purpose-built factory was commissioned in 1998. Son Simon joined the business bringing a new set of skills and the farm was sold to concentrate on growing the exciting family enterprise.
The factory now employs over 75 staff and includes a cheese deli/store and offers guided factory tours. Simon Berry now oversees the business management, cheese-making team and production.
Whitestone cheeses are all made using only natural ingredients and no artificial preservatives are added. They are true to the source of their raw grass-fed milk and believe the natural flavours should be allowed to carry through.
Having these beautiful New Zealand cheeses on offer is nothing but a pleasure.