Winners of the 2017 Dairy Industry Association of Australia’s (DIAA) Australian Dairy Product Competition were announced at a dinner in Melbourne on 11 May 2017.
Mossvale Blue (pictured) made by Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese in Gippsland, Victoria was crowned Australia’s best cheese and the most outstanding show exhibit.
In other awards, Victoria’s Dooley’s Ice Cream proved the most consistent for the fourth year in a row, with most of Dooley’s products entered into the competition earning gold or silver medals.
Mauro Montalto from Melbourne’s Floridia Cheese was awarded the title of Australia’s best cheesemaker, for Floridia Ricotta.
The DIAA’s Australian Dairy Product Competition is the only technical national dairy competition, judged by industry experts. The competition was first held in 1895, by one of the DIAA’s founding bodies, the Butter Factories’ Managers Association.
On 6-8 March 2017, more than 40 judges and stewards were on hand to judge more than 1,000 entries in more than 100 categories at the DIAA national offices in Werribee, Victoria.
The judges awarded 180 gold medals and 781 silver medals to dairy products from all over Australia. Gold medal winners are invited to enter the Australian Grand Dairy Awards, administered by Dairy Australia.