National Foods will sell its cheese processing plants in South Australia and close its two Victorian plants within three years. The moves were announced as part of a $132 million investment in Tasmania, aimed at rationalising the company’s cheese making business.
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:
|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)