Our Story

How it all began

Our Story

Gerardo and Rosa Cicchiello met in Adelaide after their respective families had immigrated from Italy in the 1960’s. They soon discovered that both families were dairy farmers and originated from the Benevento region of Italy. They married, started a family and decided to start a business. Gerardo and Rosa started their business life as retailers, opening a humble continental deli in a suburb of Adelaide but soon converted it into a cheesemaking business with Rosa making Ricotta from the recipe she grew up with on the farm back in Italy.

Word among the Italian community soon spread and La Casa Del Formaggio was created in 1988 when Gerardo and Rosa moved into the cheese making business full time. Their children Claude and Marisa joined the family business in the early 90’s and with Claude assuming the role of Managing Director in 2000.

Today, La Casa Del Formaggio employs over 130 people and the business has become synonymous with premium quality fresh cheese across Australia. Its products are sold on the shelves of thousands of supermarkets and specialty food stores throughout Australia. La Casa Del Formaggio introduced Bocconcini to Australian Supermarkets in the late 1990’s, making tubs of soft white balls of fresh Italian cheese commonplace in the fridges of Australian families.

The range now includes Bocconcini, Fresh Mozzarella, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Pecorino Style, Haloumi & Burrata.

ADVISORY BOARD

The La Casa Del Formaggio business has enjoyed consistent growth over many years and in 2015, an Advisory Board was established to assist with the strategic and long term direction of the business.  The Advisory Board, which is made up of La Casa’s Executive team and external advisors, are responsible for overseeing safety, compliance & governance.  The Advisory Board Members are listed below:

Jerry Adams, Chairman

Jerry is a professional company director. His directorships include: Chairman, Berger Paints Bangladesh; Berger Paints India (Advisory Council); Chairman, Bolix SA [Poland); Advisory Boards at the University of Adelaide (Business School, Agribusiness, and Wine Business Advisory Boards) and is an Advisory Board Member at Minda Inc.

Claude Cicchiello, Managing Director

Claude joined the family business in 1989, learning the art of fresh cheesemaking from his father. Since his appointment to the role of Managing Director in 2000, Claude has built La Casa into one of Australia’s largest fresh cheese manufacturers. The business now employs over 120 team members. The brand is ranged in over 2,000 outlets around the country and is the category market leader. Claude attended Harvard Business School in Boston USA to undertake the OPM Business Management Program. Claude has held a number of positions over the years on the boards of various Industry groups.

Sean Pearce, Chief Financial Officer

Sean is a Chartered Accountant with 10 years’ experience in large accounting firms and listed organisations. Experienced in strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting, statutory reporting, project management, process improvement, systems planning and capital management. Executive roles include Senior Planner Finance & Analysis for Thomas Foods and Chief Financial Officer for Water Utilities Australia.

Adrian Freckleton, Chief Operating Officer

Adrian brings a wealth of experience with over 20 years’ in FMGC across various industries including dairy, beverage and mining.  Prior to commencing with La Casa Del Formaggio, Adrian held  a number of executive positions with Bega Cheese and is experienced in the in finance,  operations and manufacturing of dairy and whey products.

James Markie, Advisory Board Member

James is the Founder and Director of Fine Scottish Foods Pty Ltd. He has 30 years’ experience in creating, developing, growing, and nurturing world leading brands in Production, Operations, Quality, NPD & Technical Roles. James has extensive experience in Product Development and Project Management. He has taken the lead role in designing and building world class food manufacturing facilities across the UK, Europe & Australia

Wayne Lyons, Advisory Board Member

Wayne’s experience spans 30 years in Sales, Marketing, and General Management. For the past 18 years he has worked as a strategic marketing consultant working with some of Australia’s leading SME’s. He has worked with the La Casa Del Formaggio business for 10 years in a consulting capacity, in areas including strategic planning, finance, sales, marketing, leadership and category analysis.

Our Values

In our home, the doors are always open.
There is always room at the table.
We give only the best for our guests –
Because this is our passion.
From our home to yours.

Family

We create every piece of cheese as if it were to be enjoyed by our own family. We value this trust placed in us.

Our family introduced Bocconcini to Australian supermarkets, making them commonplace in the meals Australian families enjoy.

We are proud to share our family’s cheese with your loved ones and we believe our team, suppliers and customers are part of our extended family.

That’s why we say “There is always room at the table.”

Quality

La Casa Del Formaggio sources fresh milk from local family owned and run farms.  Using hands-on cheese-making techniques, our cheesemakers transform the premium quality milk into Australia’s leading Italian style fresh cheese.

That’s why we say “We give only the best for our guests.”

Passion

At our very core, you will find passion. We are passionate about what we do and it’s contagious throughout our entire team. We care deeply.

That’s why we say “This is our passion.” Share it with us.

Our Guiding Principles

To create an environment that embodies our family values and a culture that is inclusive of our team, customers and suppliers, we follow these guiding principles.