2012 Australian Dairy Awards

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 21st March 2012

The 13th annual Australian Grand Dairy Awards (AGDA), celebrating Dairy Industry excellence, were announced last week.

The AGDA awards, which cover 19 categories, awarded a Champion in each category. From these 19 Champions, the highest scoring were then chosen for the prestigious titles of Grand Champion Cheese product and Grand Champion Dairy product.

With 2012 being named Australian Year of the Farmer, the award ceremony paid special tribute to inspiring and motivational individuals within the dairy industry. Dairy Australia’s Managing Director Ian Halliday commented, “The dairy industry has a strong history of innovation and inspiration, our dairying tradition has been forged by people with vision and a determination to succeed and is literally brimming with inspirational stories of resilience, passion and energy.”

The 2012 AGDA Grand Champion Winners were:

2012 Grand Champion Cheese – Maffra Cloth Aged Cheddar, Maffra Cheese Co (VIC)
2012 Grand Champion Dairy – Gippsland Dairy Pure Double Cream, Bead Foods (VIC)

The 2012 AGDA Champion Cheese Winners were:

Champion Fresh Unripened Cheese – That’s Amore Burrata, That’s Amore Cheese (VIC)
Champion Cheddar-Style Cheese – Maffra Cloth Aged Cheddar, Maffra Cheese Co (VIC)
Champion Washed Rind Cheese – King Island Dairy Stormy, Lion Dairy & Drinks (TAS)
Champion White Mould Cheese – Tasmanian Heritage Signature Camembert, Lion Dairy & Drinks (TAS)
Champion Hard Cheese – Puglia Pecorino Romano, The Fresh Cheese Co (VIC)
Champion Flavoured Cheese – Barambah Organics Labna with Fennel & Sea Salt, Barambah Organics (QLD)
Champion Semi-Hard and Eye Cheese – Tasmanian Heritage St Claire, Lion Dairy & Drinks (TAS)
Champion Blue Cheese – King Island Dairy Roaring Forties Blue, Lion Dairy & Drinks (TAS)
Champion Goat’s or Sheep’s Milk Cheese – Woodside Monet, Woodside Cheese Wrights (SA)

The 2012 AGDA Champion Dairy Winners were:

Champion Natural Yogurt – Mundella Premium Natural Yoghurt, Mundella Foods (WA)
Champion Flavoured Yogurt – Gippsland Dairy Blueberry Twist Yogurt, Bead Foods (VIC)
Champion Ice Cream – Cocolat Pistachio Ice Cream, Cocolat (SA)
Champion Dairy Gelato – Caffe e Gelato Milany Banana Gelato, Caffe e Gelato Milany (QLD)
Champion Dairy Dessert – King Island Dairy Belgian Chocolate Crème Dessert, Lion Dairy & Drinks (TAS)
Champion Milk – Pura Original Milk, Lion Dairy & Drinks (VIC)
Champion Specialty White Dairy Drink – Sungold O’ Frothy One, Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory (VIC)
Champion Flavoured Dairy Drink – Oak Egg Nog, Parmalat (SA)
Champion Cream – Gippsland Dairy Pure Double Cream, Bead Foods (VIC)
Champion Butter or Butter Blend – Tatura Continental Unsalted Butter, Tatura Milk Industries (VIC)