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Australia’s dairy best crowned at the 2017 Australian Grand Dairy Awards

2017 AGDA cheese table

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: The 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.

2017 AGDA George Calombaris & Amanda Menegazzo

Amanda Menegazzo, convener of the Australian Grand Dairy Awards with celebrity chef George Calombaris.

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.

2017 AGDA

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.

2017 AGDA Suzanne Daubney & Gina Rinehart Bannister Downs

Suzanne Daubney and Gina Rinehart from Bannister Downs Dairy Company, winner of the Cream category.

“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.

2017 Australian Grand Dairy Awards Champions

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 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 Unicorn Cheese
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
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 Salted Butter Fonterra Brands (Aust) Pty Ltd-Cobden
Dairy Dip Paradise Beach Purveyors Pesto Swirl Paradise Beach Purveyors Pty Ltd