Fonterra General Manager of Manufacturing Operations Rob Howell said he is thrilled with the 12 gold and 64 silver titles pocketed by various Fonterra sites.
Brands picking up prizes include Western Star butter, Perfect Italiano cheese and Tamar Valley yoghurt.
Fonterra’s foodservice products also faired exceptionally well, with the Stanhope site taking home gold in cheddar cheese varieties, and Cobden receiving the highest scoring salted butter of the competition.
“It’s fantastic that our skilled teams can be recognised for the quality dairy they produce,” says Rob.
“We are extremely proud of the exceptional products made at Fonterra sites.
“We’ve got some of the best dairy know-how in the business, which is the key to making great-tasting, quality dairy foods Australians love.
“Congratulations to our exceptional people who strive to maintain the highest quality dairy, and our dedicated farmers who supply us with the best milk for the job.”
The competition is hosted annually by DIAA and acts as a gateway to the Australian Grand Dairy Awards.
The competition is based on the entries' technical merit and is judged by industry experts selected for their specific dairy product knowledge.
Gold and Silver medal winners are invited to use the images of the medals on their packaging for up to three years.