Fonterra Australia has been awarded 32 medals at the 2023 Dairy Industry Association of Australia (DIAA) Australian Dairy Product Awards, including gold medals for butter, cream, cheese and milk powders produced at Fonterra’s sites in Victoria and Tasmania.
Fonterra Australia Director of Supply Chain and Manufacturing Operations, Rob Howell, said these awards confirm the calibre of Fonterra’s dairy foods and the quality of milk supplied by farmers across Victoria and Tasmania.
“At Fonterra, we’ve got the best dairy know-how in the business, and it’s great to see our talented teams receiving well-deserved recognition for their expert craft and high-quality dairy products.
“We’re home to some of Australia’s favourite brands, including Western Star, Perfect Italiano, Bega, Mainland and Duck River. These dairy products are in households right around the country and this is something we’re incredibly proud of.
“Congratulations to our people who create the highest quality dairy products, and our dedicated farmers who supply us with the best milk for the job,” Rob said.
Of the 32 awards, Fonterra Cobden (Victoria) collected 15 medals, including seven gold and eight silver for products including Western Star butter, cream, and milk powder.
Fonterra Stanhope (Victoria) were awarded seven awards, made up of three gold and two silver for mozzarella, cheddar, and parmesan. The Stanhope team walked away with two trophies for highest scoring overall cheddar cheese and the highest scoring mild/semi-matured and consumer pack cheddar cheese, which they also won last year.
Fonterra Spreyton (Tasmania) received seven awards, including four gold and two silver medals for butter and milk powder products, plus a trophy for the best consumer pack butter, Duck River Premium Salted Butter.
Fonterra Wynyard (Tasmania) was awarded two gold and a silver medal for their cheddar cheese varieties.
The DIAA awards are a pathway to the prestigious Australian Grand Dairy Awards held later in the year. Expert judges, renowned for their dairy product expertise, evaluate entries based on their exceptional technical merit.