Maleny Cheese – Our Story

Maleny Cheese, a multi-generation family owned business based in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland town of Maleny. From humble beginnings in 2004, the Bucher family have remained true to their vision “to be Queensland’s dairy processor and tourism operator of excellence”.


Maleny Cheese is a company formed by two local families, Markus and Sara Bucher, and David and Heather Simpson. Markus Bucher is a Swiss Master Cheese Maker and saw and opportunity of making dairy products from the first-class milk available in the area. The Simpsons own a third-generation dairy farm.

Together, these families created a purpose built cheesery with panoramic viewing windows, allowing cafe visitors to look down on to the production floor. The Simpsons provided the first milk supply for Maleny Cheese products.

Now under the business direction of Markus and Sara Bucher, Maleny Cheese has grown to a team of people who exist to serve reliable regional food from Queensland’s premier dairy region.

Maleny Cheese has a strong core value on being a local business and we source fresh regional whole milk from small local dairy herds, alongside other sustainably sourced ingredients. Combined with our European know-how and skill, we make and sell exceptional dairy goods, fresh from paddock to plate.

Our product range has broadened, from our beginnings with just cow milk products, to now sourcing Water Buffalo milk and Camel milk, from local farms. Expanding our flavours with these products allows us to cater to the diverse needs of our customers.

In April 2014 we celebrated 10 years of successful business. Our company’s growth is attributed to customers increased interest to purchase locally produced dairy products and increased brand recognition. Maleny Cheese is driven by the strong local support, and we thank everyone involved in supporting and sustaining our local dairy industry.