Fonterra wins dairy awards

By Dairy News

FONTERRA AUSTRALIA has won almost 50 prizes at an annual dairy industry awards night, recognising some of the milk processor’s biggest brand names.

The Dairy Industry Association of Australia’s Australian and Victorian Dairy Product Awards saw Fonterra take home 48 gongs at a ceremony held in Melbourne last month.

Since the awards began in 2008, Fonterra’s dairy foods have been recognised numerous times, this year picking up 10 gold and 38 silver medals.

Among this year’s awards, Fonterra received the Arthur E. Hacquoil Memorial Gold Medallion for the highest scoring bulk butter, and the GEA Award for the highest scoring dried milk powder.

The milk processor gained awards across a number of categories including butter, spreads, cheese, fresh milk, cream and powders, with brands including Western Star and Duck River butters, Perfect Italiano cheese and Anchor milk receiving awards.

Fonterra Australia’s manufacturing operations general manager Rob Howell said it was an “amazing honour” for the company’s dairy foods to be recognised by industry experts.

“Great dairy foods start at the farm gate, and these awards would not be possible without the high-quality milk from our farmers — this is the key to making great-tasting, superior-quality dairy loved by both the domestic and export market,” Mr Howell said.

The DIAA awards are held annually, and for gold medal winners it acts as a gateway to the Australian Grand Dairy Awards, presented by Dairy Australia.