Friday, 10 February 2017 08:43

Gelato scoops Grand Dairy Awards top prize

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A QUEENSLAND based gelateria, Milani House of Gelato, has taken out the Grand Champion Dairy Product cateogry at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards last night.

The nation’s 20 finest dairy products were named out of a record 470 entries.

Milani House of Gelato won for its smooth and creamy Dark Chocolate Gelato which the judges deemed so divine is was difficult not to eat the whole tub.

Tasmania’s Heidi Farm, owned by Lion Dairy & Drinks, once again impressed the judging panel, taking out the 2017 Grand Champion Cheese with its robust Raclette - a consistently superb semi-hard melting cheese with a pleasant sweet and nutty-mid palate and some lingering umami savoury characters.

Queensland's Maleny Dairies on the Sunshine Coast won the fresh milk category for its Farmers Choice Full Cream Milk, while Bannister Downs in WA took out the cream category.

For the first time ever, the Australian public was also given the opportunity to play judge to determine the champion cheese of the new People’s Choice category.

More than 3,500 consumers cast their vote to reveal King Island Dairy’s Black Label Double Brie as the inaugural People’s Choice Award.

In what was a rigorous judging process, a panel of 24 expert judges tasted their way through the hundreds of gold medal winning dairy foods – including cheese, ice cream, milk, butter, cream, yoghurt, dips and gelato – assessing flavour, aroma, texture, body and appearance.

Flavours influenced from different corners of the globe were represented in the coveted list of Champions with locally produced European and Indian style dairy products such as Montefiore’s Trecce, That’s Amore Cheese’s Diavoletti, House of Riz’s Traditional Greek Rice Pudding and Sharma’s Kitchen’s Mango Lassi all taking out the top spot in their category.

“These Awards are the grand final of dairy competitions in Australia, recognising the talented Australian farmers and producers who bring such high quality dairy foods to our fridges," Amanda Menegazzo, convener of the Australian Grand Dairy Awards said.

“The quality and variety represented by our 2017 Champions marks a really exciting time for the industry and dairy lovers.

'It’s really pleasing to see some of the country’s well known and loved supermarket brands alongside new-to-the market, artisan dairy products.

'We encourage Australians to look out for the blue and gold Champion and Grand Champion medals on pack and show their support for these talented Australian producers.”

Now in its 18th year, the Australian Grand Dairy Awards are Australia’s most prestigious national dairy awards and the highest accolade for Australian dairy producers.

 The full list of 2017 Australian Grand Dairy Awards Champions is below:


Category Product Producer
Fresh Unripened Cheese Montefiore Trecce Montefiore Cheese
Australia White Mould Cheese King Island Dairy Black Label Double Brie Lion Dairy & Drinks
King Island Semi-Hard & Eye Cheese Heidi Farm Raclette Lion Dairy & Drinks
Burnie Cheddar Style Cheese Bay of Fires Cheddar Fowlers Cheese
Hard Cheese Mil Lel Superior Parmesan Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Company Holdings Ltd (Warrnambool)
Blue Cheese King Island Dairy Roaring Forties Blue Lion Dairy & Drinks -King Island
Washed Rind/Mixed Rind Cheese Emporium Selection Washed Rind Snow Brand Australia
Flavoured Cheese That's Amore Cheese Diavoletti That's Amore Cheese
Goats & Sheep’s Milk Cheese Prom Country Cheese Venus Blue Prom Country Cheese
Natural Yoghurt Mundella Greek Natural Yoghurt Mundella Foods Pty Ltd
 Ice cream  Dooley's Premium Chocolate Ice Cream  
 Dairy Gelato  Milani House of Gelato Dark Chocolate  Milani House of Gelato 
 Dairy Dessert  House of Riz Traditional Greek Rice Pudding  House of Riz
 Milk  Maleny Dairies Farmers Choice Full Cream Milk  Maleny Dairies
Specialty White Dairy Drink  The Little Big Dairy Co Less Cream Milk  The Little Big Dairy Company
 Flavoured Dairy Drink  Norco Real Iced Chocolate Ultimate  Norco Foods Raleigh
 Cream  Bannister Downs Double Cream  Bannister Downs Dairy Company
 Butter or Butter Blend  Western Star Original Butter  Fonterra Brands (Aust) Pty LtdCobden
 Dairy Dip  Paradise Beach Purveyors Pesto Swirl  Paradise Beach Purveyors Pty Ltd

(Source: Dairy Australia)

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