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King Island Dairy’s Roaring Forties Blue named Grand Champion

King Island Dairy’s Roaring Forties Blue named Grand Champion

1 February 2019: Last night King Island Dairy’s Roaring Forties Blue was named the 2019 Grand Champion Cheese at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards.

It was one of two of Lion Dairy & Drinks’ (Lion’s) specialty cheeses that were honoured at the 2019 Australian Grand Dairy Awards – the annual celebration of quality, excellence and innovation within the Australian dairy industry.

Tasmanian Heritage’s Red Square was also named Champion Washed Rind/Mixed Rind cheese.

The prestigious Annual Grand Dairy Awards represent the best of the dairy business across all categories, and to be eligible products must have been awarded a gold medal at a state-based championship, ensuring that competition continues to be of an exceptional standard.

Furthermore, products must be made solely from Australian milk, helping to support the dairy industry within Australia.

Cameron Bruce, the General Manager, Cheese, at Lion Dairy & Drinks, says: “it is a fantastic honour for King Island’s Roaring Forties to have been named Grand Champion Cheese,” he said.

“This is a true testament to the hard work of our King Island Dairy and Tasmanian Heritage teams, as well as the fantastic dairy farmers that supply milk to Lion.

“We hope that these awards encourage even more people to try our King Island Dairy and Tasmanian Heritage cheese for themselves, as we know once people taste them they understand what makes these cheeses so special!”

King Island Dairy’s Roaring Forties Blue is made on King Island from milk sourced from local farms.

Tasmanian Heritage’s Red Square cheese is manufactured at Lion’s Burnie site, which produces over 1,500 tonnes of Tasmanian Heritage cheese annually.



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.

For more information visit  kingislanddairy.com.au



Nestled in the north west corner of Tasmania, our dairy has geographical and latitudinal similarities to the famous French cheese making province of Normandy. This makes it the perfect environment for creating high quality cheese.

Tasmanian Heritage originates from one of Australia’s oldest specialty cheese producers with a heritage dating back to 1955. For more information visit  tasmanianheritage.com.au


For more information, please contact:

Robyn Riley

Corporate Affairs Manager, Lion Dairy & Drinks

Phone: +61 419255 118