King Island Dairy Discovery Ash Brie 175g was last night named Champion White Mould Cheese at the prestigious 2018 Australian Grand Dairy Awards.
Discovery Ash Brie is a rich, creamy Brie with a creative twist. Hand rolled in coconut ash, it has a striking appearance and delicate smokiness and the judging panel of industry experts agreed by naming it Champion.
These prestigious Awards are the Grand Final of all dairy competitions in Australia, recognising the country’s finest dairy products.
Only manufacturers of gold medal-winning products that are made from Australian milk and have already been through a rigorous judging process at Australian qualifying competitions are invited to enter the prestigious annual Australian Grand Dairy Awards.
Cameron Bruce, the General Manager, Cheese, for Lion Dairy & Drinks (Lion) said King Island Dairy had been producing award winning and world class specialty cheese and dairy products since the early 1900s.
“And we’re proud to say that we still call this tiny island in the heart of Bass Strait our home,” he said.
King Island Dairy was born more than 100 years ago, when settlers discovered that King Island’s abundant rainfall, mineral-rich soil and constant spray of sea salt created an unusually rich and sweet milk. Originally producing butter and other dairy products, we began manufacturing specialty cheese in 1972 and the rest is history.
“Our King Island Dairy manufacturing site produces our full range of specialty cheese products, creating more than 1,500 tonnes of delicious cheese each year,” Cameron said.
“Our dairy employs around 80 people and this number increases to around 100 during peak periods – and is the beating heart of the King Island community. We also welcome tens of thousands of customers annually to our on-site King Island Dairy cheese store, which is open seven days a week.
“Almost every drop of milk produced on the island makes its way into the 14 million litres we use annually to create our white, blue, washed, cheddar and Black Label cheeses.”
ABOUT KING ISLAND DAIRY
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.
For more information:
External Relations Director
Lion Dairy & Drinks
Phone: +61 437 306 437
External Relations Manager
Lion Dairy & Drinks
Phone: +61 419255 118