Forty-four medals in one night

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It’s been a big week for our business, with the announcement of the Dairy Industry Association of Australia (DIAA) Australian Dairy Product Awards.

Our dairy foods have taken home an impressive 44 medals, with the haul shared by our Stanhope, Cobden, Wynyard and Spreyton sites.

Of these 44 awards, Cobden collected 18 medals, including two golds and 16 silvers for products including Western Star butter, cream and buttermilk powder.

Our Stanhope site was also in the game, winning nine awards for its cheese, including trophies for highest scoring vintage, mild and semi-matured cheddar cheeses, as well as two golds for its cheddar and mozzarella, and four silvers for its cheddar, pizza shred and parmesan cheese varieties.

Of course, we can’t forget our Tassie heroes with our Wynyard site taking home three gold and 11 silver medals for its cheddar and Colby cheese varieties, and Spreyton winning four silvers for its Duck River butter and milk powder.

Our Director of Supply Chain and Manufacturing Operations – Rob Howell, says these awards confirm the calibre of Fonterra’s dairy foods and the quality of milk supplied by farmers across Victoria and Tasmania. 

“We’ve got the best dairy know-how in the business, and it’s fantastic that our skilled teams have been recognised for their expert craft and the quality cheese they produce.

“We’re home to some of Australia’s favourite brands, including Western Star, Perfect Italiano, Bega, Mainland and Duck River – these are in people’s fridges right around the country.

“Congratulations to our people who strive to maintain the highest quality dairy, and our dedicated farmers who supply us with the best milk for the job,” says Rob.

The awards are hosted annually by DIAA and act as a gateway to the Australian Grand Dairy Awards. Entries are judged on technical merit by industry experts selected for their specific dairy product knowledge.