Australian cheese brand Coon has a new name – Cheer.
The decision by owner Saputo Dairy follows a review that considered “current attitudes and perspectives” after community objections to the original name, which is also a racial slur.
“Our decision to change the name of Australia’s much-loved cheese reinforces this commitment to build a culture of acceptance, inclusion and respect where everyone feels a sense of belonging,” the global head of Saputo Lino A Supato said in a statement.
The new name, Cheer, was chosen because it signals happiness.
“Cheer Cheese enriches everyday moments, with our signature taste that brightens your morning, noon or night,” Saputo Dairy Australia commercial director Cam Bruce said in a statement on Wednesday.
“CHEER Cheese fits into every part of your day and brings that extra little bit of happiness,” he continued.
Cheer cheese will be on the supermarket shelves nationwide from July 2021.
“CHEER Cheese is the same recipe that millions have come to love, and will continue to grow up with, for generations to come,” Mr Bruce said.
“We remain committed to our Australian farmers who continue to produce the highquality milk that goes into all of our products, including CHEER Cheese.”
Coon cheese has been sold in Australia since the 1930s and was originally named after the American who developed the maturation process, Edward William Coon.