Fonterra takes home medals at dairy awards

Best cheese in the business: Phillip White, Kelly Marsh and Graeme Bennett.

Fonterra has taken home an impressive 44 medals at the 2022 Dairy Industry Association of Australia (DIAA) Australian Dairy Product Awards.

Fonterra’s Stanhope site won nine awards for its cheese, which included 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 their cheddar, pizza shred and parmesan cheese varieties.

Fonterra Regional Operations Manager for the Northern Region Steve Taylor said the awards confirmed the calibre of Fonterra’s dairy foods made in Stanhope and the quality of milk supplied by farmers in northern Victoria.

“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” he said.

“Stanhope is known as the town of the tastiest cheese, and we’re really proud of the great cheese we make right here, which is in the fridges of Australians right around the country with our Perfect Italiano culinary brand.”

“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,” he said.

The DIAA hosts the awards annually and acts 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.