Our Champion cheeses to you on a silver platter
Lion Dairy & Drinks’ (Lion) world-class specialty cheese, Heidi Farm Raclette, has been named Grand Champion at the prestigious Australian Grand Dairy Awards in Melbourne last night. In addition, our King Island Dairy Black Label Double Brie took out the inaugural People’s Choice award voted by over 3600 consumers.
Heidi Farm Raclette was once again named Champion Semi Hard & Eye Cheese and also won Grand Champion for 2017. No surprise there, this unique and popular cheese has won the industry’s highest award - the Grand Champion - a record five times since the awards were introduced. Heidi Farm Raclette is made at Lion’s The Heritage site in Burnie, Tasmania where we manufacture almost 100 specialty cheese products using milk from Tasmanian dairy farmers.
Our delicious King Island Dairy Black Label Double Brie won Champion White Mould. It is the fourth time it has been named Champion in this very competitive category and we are thrilled that it also won the inaugural People’s Choice award.
The King Island Dairy Roaring Forties Blue was awarded Australia’s Champion Blue Cheese. Along with the Black Label Double Brie, both cheeses are made at our King Island Dairy site in the Tasmanian Bass Strait using locally-sourced milk. This cheese is named for the Roaring Forties winds that whip around the island.
Lion’s Technical Cheese Director, Ueli Berger is a passionate artisan. He is the grandson of a cheesemaker and the son of a dairy farmer. Ueli started his training in Switzerland before moving to King Island in 1998.
He said of his craft that patience and attention to detail were the key ingredients to making a great cheese.
“With one of the cleanest and most natural environments in the world, the mineral rich soils, cool annual temperatures, abundant rainfall and consistent salt spray result in incredibly lush pastures. Our cows graze all day on this beautiful, salted grass to produce unique rich, sweet milk,” Mr Berger said.
Managing Director of Lion’s Specialty Cheese Business, Kathy Karabatsas said being awarded both Grand Champion with our Heidi Farm Raclette and Champion cheese in three very competitive categories reflected the quality and craftsmanship of Lion’s specialty cheese.
“These awards recognise and reward excellence and innovation and acknowledge the achievements of the people who create those products,” Ms Karabatsas said. “This is recognising the best of the best.”
“We are also extremely proud that our consumers have voted for us in the People’s Choice award – we’ve always known that the King Island Dairy Black Label Double Brie was a special cheese but to have our consumers recognise this is a great testament to all our people, the dairy farmers who supply our cheese sites and the wonderful cheeses that we have within portfolio.”
For more information:
External Relations Director, Lion Dairy & Drinks
Phone: +61 437306437