The Australian Grand Dairy Awards has announced its 2017 Champions, naming the nation’s top 20 dairy products out of a record 470 entries.

The ultimate prize, the 2017 Grand Champion Dairy Product, was presented to Queensland-based gelataria, Milani House of Gelato, for its Dark Chocolate Gelato.

Tasmania’s Heidi Farm took out the 2017 Grand Champion Cheese with its Raclette – a semi-hard melting cheese with a pleasant sweet and nutty-mid palate and some umami savoury characters.

For the first time ever, the Australian public was also given the opportunity to determine the champion cheese of the new People’s Choice category. More than 3,500 consumers cast their vote and awarded King Island Dairy’s Black Label Double Brie with the inaugural People’s Choice crown.

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.

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.

“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.”

The full list of 2017 Australian Grand Dairy Awards Champions can be seen on the Legendairy website.

2017 Australian Grand Dairy Awards Champions



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