Dairy free cheese is making a comeback.
But it may not be the only option.
BBC News visited dairy farms in NSW to find out why some people are turning their back on the dairy industry.
Read more A dairy farm in the northern New South Wales town of Mona Vale, where the first cheese factory opened in 1876, has been making cheese for about 60 years.
It was one of the first dairy farms to be opened up, but it was never as popular as it is now.
“I was quite surprised by the number of people who said, ‘Oh, I’ve been wanting to go to dairy for a long time’,” said farmer and cheese maker Robert Brouwer.
But the dairy is slowly making inroads into the broader market, with sales at the company growing by about 50 per cent a year, with dairy free cheese growing by another 20 per cent.
“We’re very fortunate to be in the market, because we can have quality, high-quality, high cost milk, and people have come and tried it,” he said.
Mr Brouerer is not the only one making the switch to dairy free.
Australian dairy farmer Nick Wilson says his decision to go dairy free has become a part of his daily routine.
I think the dairy free option for me has been a big influence in my diet,” he told ABC Radio New Zealand.
My wife and I started dairy free about three years ago and it has been an incredible experience for us, he said, adding that he had never experienced the same feeling before.
He has noticed that people who go dairy-free have a more positive attitude towards dairy products.
Mr Wilson is the founder of Dairy Free Australia, which operates in New South Welsh, Western Australia and Queensland. “
The more you buy, the more you save.”
Mr Wilson is the founder of Dairy Free Australia, which operates in New South Welsh, Western Australia and Queensland.
Dairy free products are more affordable than non-dairy milk, he explained.
You don’t have to go anywhere else to get a good quality product, and if you want a good value, it’s really easy to get it from us.
“It’s about making sure that people don’t buy milk from a company that doesn’t treat it the same way they would like to be treated,” he explained, adding: “I think that is the most important thing for people.”
Read more about cheese and dairy farms from the ABC’s Food Matters series.
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