South Australia: Home of Australia's Best Milk

Wednesday 18 February 2009 | From Dairy Australia

It’s official - Australia’s best milk comes from South Australia.

Dairy Farmers scored the champion milk title at the 2009 Australian Grand Dairy Awards – the nation’s best-of-the-best dairy foods competition.

The award-winning entry was produced in the Clarence Gardens factory in South Australia. Judges found that the Dairy Farmers milk was an example of fresh milk at its best – smooth, creamy and sweet with a clean finish.

Dairy products from across the country were recognised at an awards ceremony in Melbourne on February 18.

The ceremony marked a decade of the awards presented by Dairy Australia to promote quality, excellence and innovation in Australian dairy foods.

“All entrants were gold medal winners in numerous qualifying competitions staged across Australia during 2008,” said Richard Lange, Dairy Australia‘s head of marketing and communications.

“These prestigious awards provide independent endorsement for the winners and help consumers identify the best-of-the-best. “

The Australian Grand Dairy Awards are awarded to 18 products selected from more than 330 entries in cheese, milk, yogurt, ice cream and other dairy categories, representing 85 Australian dairy manufacturers.

Highly qualified technical experts, cheesemakers, providores, food media and chefs helped Mr Willman select the award-winning products.

International judge Professor Sebastien Roustel, from the premier cheese and dairy education facility in France ENILBIO, was impressed by the high standard of quality among this year’s entrants.

”Australian dairy farmers’ focus on quality milk enables them to produce world-class dairy produce,” said Professor Roustel.

As well as recognising Australia’s highest-quality and innovative products, the awards also acknowledge the achievements of the highly skilled and pioneering people who produce these award-winning foods.

Manufacturing excellence and innovation awards as well as cheesemaker scholarships were presented on the day.

“It is a mark of well-established food industry when our farmers and manufacturers can consistently produce high-quality food despite a global economic crisis and severe weather conditions,” Mr Lange said.

“The dairy industry is committed to delivering quality, sustainability and excellence all the way from its farmers who produce the milk through to the many manufacturers, both large and small, who create the great dairy foods Australians enjoy, everyday,” Mr Lange said. “These awards recognise that excellence.”

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