Australia's Dairy Best Crowned at the 2017 Australian Grand Dairy Awards

Friday 10 February 2017 | From Dairy Australia

Listen up dairy lovers! The esteemed Australian Grand Dairy Awards has announced its 2017 Champions, revealing the nation’s 20 finest dairy products out of a record 470 entries.

The ultimate prize, the 2017 Grand Champion Dairy Product, was scooped up by Queensland based gelataria, Milani House of Gelato, 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 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.

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.

Amanda Menegazzo, convener of the Australian Grand Dairy Awards said, “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.

“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 and on the Legendairy website.

2017 Australian Grand Dairy Awards Champions

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 Cheese  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 
Flavoured Yoghurt         Sharma's Kitchen Mango Lassi  Sharma's Kitchen Pty Ltd
Ice Cream       
Dooley's Premium Chocolate Ice Cream  Dooley's 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 
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 
Bannister Downs Double Cream  Bannister Downs Dairy Company 
Butter or Butter Blend         
Western Star Original Butter  Fonterra Brands (Aust) Pty Ltd-Cobden 
Dairy Dip        
Paradise Beach Purveyors Pesto Swirl  Paradise Beach Purveyors Pty Ltd 

About the Australian Grand Dairy Awards

The Australian Grand Dairy Awards recognise and reward excellence and quality in Australian dairy produce, paying tribute to the achievements of the highly-skilled specialists who develop and make these products. Created in 1999, the Australian Grand Dairy Awards are Australia’s most prestigious national dairy awards and the highest accolade for Australian dairy producers. Visit for more information.

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