The Australian Grand Dairy Awards has announced 54 finalists across 18 categories.

The Australian Grand Dairy Awards are the grand final of regional dairy awards across Australia and the highest accolade for local producers. All products qualified by winning a gold medal at state competitions.

Over two days, 400 gold medal-winning Australian products were tested by a panel of 24 judges including Russell Smith and Mark Livermore, along with technical experts, chefs, retailers and flavour specialists.

Presentation, texture, flavour and aroma were all tested to shortlist the top three in each class, crowning them the 2018 finalists.

“We are excited to announce the stellar line up of 2018 finalists,” says Amanda Menegazzo, convener of the Australian Grand Dairy Awards.

“The awards celebrate quality and excellence in delicious dairy produce, but we also want to encourage Australians to take a moment to recognise the skills and dedication of the many people who craft these products.”

The Champion announcement will be made in February, where the top product in each category will be revealed and the overall dairy and cheese Grand Champions will be crowned.

Fresh Unripened Cheese

Montefiore Trecce, Montefiore Cheese

Montefiore Ovoline, Montefiore Cheese

B.-d. Farm Paris Creek Swiss Style Quark, B.-d. Farm Paris Creek


White Mould

King Island Dairy Discovery Ash Brie 500g, Lion Dairy & Drinks

King Island Dairy Discovery Ash Brie 175g, Lion Dairy & Drinks

Flinders Estate Ash Brie 200g, Unicorn Cheese


Semi Hard & Eye

Section28 Artisan Cheese Monforte, Section28 Artisan Cheese

Dellendale Creamery Shadforth Tilsit, Dellendale Creamery

Dellendale Creamery Churchill Rd Raclette, Dellendale Creamery



Cracker Barrel Vintage Gold Cheddar, Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory

Edwards Crossing Cloth Bound Cheddar,               Beston Pure Foods

Bega Heritage Reserve Vintage Cheddar, Bega Cheese


Hard Cheese

Mil Lel Superior Parmesan, Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory

La Vera Parmesan, La Vera Fine Cheese Producers

Floridia Pecorino, Floridia Cheese


Blue Cheese

Berrys Creek Tarwin Blue, Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese

Berrys Creek Mossvale Blue, Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese

King Island Dairy Black Label Triple Cream Blue, Lion Dairy & Drinks


Washed Rind/Mixed Rind

Woombye Blackall Gold Washed Rind, Woombye Cheese Company

Flinders Estate Washed Rind Log, Unicorn Cheese

Milawa King River Gold,                The Milawa Cheese Company


Flavoured Cheese

Barambah Organics Labna with Fennel and Sea Salt, Barambah Organics

Section 28 Monte Diavolo, Section 28 Artisan Cheeses

King Island Dairy Stokes Point Smoked Cheddar,               Lion Dairy & Drinks


Goats & Sheep’s Milk Cheese

Berrys Creek Riverine Blue, Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese

Meredith Dairy Chevre with Fresh Dill, Meredith Dairy

Meredith Dairy Ashed Chevre, Meredith Dairy


Natural Yoghurt

Tamar Valley Greek Style All Natural Yoghurt, Parmalat – Tamar Valley Dairy

Jalna Greek Natural Yoghurt, Jalna Dairy Foods

Brownes Natural Traditional Yoghurt, Brownes Dairy


Flavoured Yoghurt

The Yoghurt Shop Passionately Passionfruit Yoghurt, The Yoghurt Shop

Mundella Greek Honey Yoghurt, Mundella Foods Pty Ltd

George’s Authentic Greek Yoghurt Apple & Cinnamon, The Natural Yoghurt Company


Ice Cream

Gundowring Licorice Ice Cream, Gundowring Fine Foods

Dooley’s Lemon Curd Ice Cream, Dooley’s Ice Cream

The Melbourne Convention Centre Hazelnut Ice Cream, The Melbourne Convention Centre


Dairy Gelato

Pure Gelato Salted Pistachio, Pure Gelato Enterprises Pty Ltd

Cow and the Moon Fig and Mascarpone Gelato,               Cow and the Moon

Milani House of Gelato Milk Chocolate, Milani House of Gelato



Farmers Own Full Cream Milk, Camperdown Dairy

Maleny Dairies Farmers Choice Guernsey Non-Homogenised Full Cream Milk, Maleny Dairies

South Coast Dairy Non-Homogenised Milk, Berry Rural Co-Operative Society Ltd


Specialty White Dairy Drink

Pauls Professional Cafe Crema, Parmalat Australia Ltd-Lidcombe

Misty Mountain Farms Lactose Free Full Cream Jersey Milk, Mungalli Creek Dairy Pty Ltd

Masters HiLo, Lion Dairy & Drinks Bentley


Flavoured Dairy Drink

Oak Chocolate, Parmalat Australia-Harvey Fresh

The Coach House Dairy Coffee & Milk, NuLac Foods Pty Ltd

Dare Iced Coffee Double Espresso, Lion Dairy & Drinks-Malanda



Gippsland Dairy Pure Double Cream, Chobani Pty Ltd

Bulla Crème Fraîche, Bulla Dairy Foods Pty Ltd

The Little Big Dairy Co Pure Double Cream, The Little Big Dairy Company



Western Star Original Salted Butter, Fonterra Brands (Aust) Pty Ltd-Cobden

Western Star Chef’s Choice Unsalted Cultured Butter, Fonterra Brands (Aust) Pty Ltd-Cobden

Beautifully Butterfully Salted Butter, Fonterra Brands (Aust) Pty Ltd-Cobden


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