The cream of the crop: the 2013 Australian Grand Dairy Awards announced

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 28th November 2012

This week Dairy Australia announced the “best of the best” dairy products at the 2013 Australian Grand Dairy Awards in Melbourne.

Over 153 cheeses and 246 dairy products were judged by industry experts on Monday at the Circa restaurant in Melbourne. Dairy Australia awarded twenty recipients across the cheese category and dairy category, which includes yoghurt, milk, butter, cream, desserts and other dairy products.

All twenty award recipients are able to display the Australian Grand Dairy Awards medal on their product. According to Dairy Australia, the medals provide consumers with “a tangible, readily recognised symbol of the product’s superior quality and excellence, as well as instilling confidence that they are buying Australian-made.”

Lion Dairy & Drink’s Tasmanian Heritage St Claire was awarded 2013 Grand Champion Cheese. Judges said it was an “excellent example of a modern Swiss cheese” and “exhibited a sweet, nutty and complex flavour that cheeses are admired for.”

Bulla Dairy Foods’ Bulla Premium Sour Cream was awarded 2013 Grand Champion Dairy Product. Bulla Premium Sour Cream received the accolade for its balance of acidity, “with a good texture and a great balance of creamy flavours.”

Other Australian Grand Dairy Awards (AGDA) recipients are as follows:

The 2013 AGDA Grand Champion Winners are:

2013 Grand Champion Cheese – Tasmanian Heritage St Claire, Lion Dairy & Drinks (Tas)
2013 Grand Champion Dairy Product – Bulla Premium Sour Cream, Bulla Dairy Foods (Vic)

The 2013 AGDA Champion Cheese Winners are:

Champion Fresh Unripened Cheese – Cuore Blu Burrata, That’s Amore Cheese (Vic)
Champion White Mould Cheese – Old Telegraph Road Brie, Jindi Cheese (Vic)
Champion Semi-Hard and Eye Cheese – Tasmanian Heritage St Claire, Lion Dairy & Drinks (Tas)
Champion Cheddar-Style Cheese – Pyengana Cheddar, Pyengana Dairy (Tas)
Champion Hard Cheese – Mil Lel Superior Parmesan, Lion Dairy & Drinks (Simpson, Vic)
Champion Blue Cheese – Old Telegraph Road Heritage Blue, Jindi Cheese (Vic)
Champion Washed Rind Cheese – Jindi Reserve Washed Rind, Jindi Cheese (Vic)
Champion Flavoured Cheese – Mil Lel Superior Pepato, Lion Dairy & Drinks (Simpson, Vic)
Champion Goat’s or Sheep’s Milk Cheese – Red Hill Mountain Goat Blue, Red Hill Cheese (Vic)

The 2013 AGDA Champion Dairy Winners are:

Champion Natural Yogurt – Jalna Greek Natural Yoghourt, Jalna Dairy Foods (Vic)
Champion Flavoured Yogurt – Brancourts Premium Dessert Mango Yoghurt, Brancourts Pty Ltd (NSW)
Champion Ice Cream – Dooley’s Licorice Ice Cream, Dooley’s Ice Cream (Vic)
Champion Dairy Gelato – Cow and the Moon Pistachio Gelato, Cow and the Moon (NSW)
Champion Dairy Dessert – King Island Dairy Belgian Chocolate Créme Dessert, Lion Dairy & Drinks (King Island, Tas)
Champion Milk – Sungold Jersey Milk, Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory (Vic)
Champion Specialty White Dairy Drink – Norco Hi Lo, Norco Foods (Labrador, Qld)
Champion Flavoured Dairy Drink – Oak Egg Nog, Parmalat (Clarence Gardens, SA)
Champion Cream – Bulla Premium Sour Cream, Bulla Dairy Foods (Vic)
Champion Butter or Butter Blend – Western Star Original Butter, Fonterra Brands (Aust) Pty Ltd (Vic)
Champion Dairy Dip – Paradise Beach Pesto Swirl Dip, Paradise Beach Purveyors Pty Ltd (NSW)

2013 Australian Grand Dairy Awards hosted by Dairy Australia.