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Heidi Farm Raclette and King Island Dairy Roaring Forties Blue continue on their champion way

Heidi Farm Raclette and King Island Dairy Roaring Forties Blue continue on their champion way

9 July 2018: Heidi Farm Raclette and King Island Dairy Roaring Forties Blue were recognised as the champion cheeses that they are at the recent NSW Dairy Industry of Australia Awards and the Perth Royal Food Awards respectively. 

Heidi Farm Raclette took out the Grand Champion Dairy product of the show in NSW and King Island Dairy Roaring Forties Blue was awarded Champion Bovine Cheese at the Perth Royal Food Awards.

“We love our cheeses and are extremely proud to see them recognized at these awards! It’s also very exciting to have qualifying results that will put us in good stead for the Australian Grand Dairy Awards at the end of the year,” said Cameron Bruce, the General Manager, Cheese, for Lion Dairy & Drinks (Lion).

Heidi Farm Raclette is Australia’s most awarded cheese and presents an intense perfume and a mild nutty, milky flavour. The rind of the cheese is washed and scrubbed during production, promoting flavour development and ripening.

The supple, satiny interior of this multiple Australian Grand Champion Cheese is best appreciated when the cheese is melted or cooked. Traditionally Raclette is melted on a raclette burner, scraped and eaten with boiled waxy potatoes and pickles.

Also recognised at the NSW Dairy Industry of Australia Awards were Heidi Farm Tilsit, awarded gold in eye cheese and South Cape Greek Fetta, who was awarded a silver medal in the fetta category.

King Island Dairy Roaring Forties is a full flavored blue with a rich mouthfeel and sweet, slightly fruity character. It is named after the infamous Roaring Forties gales that frequently whip around the Island at more than 100km per hour.

Also recognised at the Perth Royal Food Shows were King Island Dairy Furneaux, awarded gold in the white mould category and South Cape Cracked Pepper, awarded gold in the Club Cheddar Category.

You can read the full list of winners below.



King Island Dairy has been producing award winning and world class specialty cheese and dairy products since the early 1900s.  The King Island Dairy manufacturing site produces our full range of specialty cheese products, creating more than 1,500 tonnes of delicious cheese each year.

Our people are passionate about King Island and the specialty cheese we produce, none more so than Head Cheesemaker Ueli Berger who has worked with King Island Dairy since 1998.  The grandson of a cheesemaker and son of a dairy farmer, Swiss born Ueli’s career in the industry has spanned more than 25 years, during which time he has earned acclaim domestically and internationally, receiving awards from the New York Fancy Food Show, The World Championship Cheese Contest and the Australian Grand Dairy Awards, amongst others.



Our Heritage site in Tasmania manufactures almost 100 cheese products and is the largest specialty cheese manufacturer in the southern hemisphere.

The Heritage site was established in 1955 as Lactos, producing 50 tonnes per year of Edam, Gouda and Swiss cheeses. Since then, Lion has invested over $150 million to transform the site into one of the world’s most technically advanced specialty cheese facilities, with a capacity of 25,000 tonnes of product per year.


Further Information

Robyn Riley

External Relations Manager

Lion Dairy & Drinks

Tel: +61 3 9188 7025

Mob: +61 419 255 118

E-mail: robyn.riley@lionco.com