our environment

Managing environmental impacts at our factory site and throughout our value chain is a key focus.

WHERE DOES OUR MILK COME FROM?

We source locally where
possible, with our fresh cow’s milk coming from North Otago Fonterra dairy
farms, delivered daily and fresh to our factory. 

Clean water, rich limestone
soils, quality pastures and a temperate climate all make for contented cows –
who then produce premium milk.

Our goats milk is sourced
directly from a single Washdyke farm just north of Oamaru. Click here to view our goats milk video. All of our milk is delivered fresh and raw
to be pasteurised at our factory to produce export certified cheese.

Take a look at the infographic below showing the simple steps involved in our
cheese making process:

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT MINIMISATION

Our factory's heat
treatment and hot water is all heated with liquid
purified gas, emitting clean atmospheric water vapour.

Our electricity is sourced
from our local hydroelectric power plants, a 100% renewable energy source.

Our whey is collected
and returned as stock feed to local farmers. At the factory site and store we
recycle our cardboard, paper, plastics and glass where possible.

We’ve adopted a digital
accounting system which has significantly reduced paper
usage and we operate with a paperless office policy. At the factory store
we use BioCup takeaway coffee cups and are happy to fill keep-cups.

Our store also sell
waxed cloth which is a great alternative to plastic wrap.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND INVOLVEMENT

We are often approached
with community sponsorship opportunities and have donated cheese to various
community events and causes nationwide.

Click here to see the organisations we are proudly supporting. Those that are
looking for sponsorship are welcome to contact us via our Sponsorship Application Form

Whitestone Cheese stalls can be found at local Farmers Markets in Dunedin, Queenstown, Arrowtown and our
Whitestone Cheese Bar in Auckland.

OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU

We are the seriously good
cheese people. Producers of world class cheese made from the sweet limestone
grass fed milk of North Otago. We aim to offer you an unmatched flavour
experience at your table.

All of our cheeses undergo
strict pathogen testing programme before leaving our factory, with additional
testing that goes over and above the MPI minimum standards, therefore you can
rest assured that we have gone to great measures to make sure our cheese
arrives to you safely and in optimal condition.

If you have any feedback or concerns regarding our products, please contact us on 0800 892 433 or email our Quality Control Officer at quality@whitestonecheese.co.nz.