Countryman

Culture at Brownes creams it

- SHANNON VERHAGEN

A well-known WA dairy has come out as the cream of the crop at a Statewide competitio­n showcasing locally produced dairy products, taking home a host of championsh­ip trophies at the weekend.

Brownes Dairy — which has a long history producing milk products in WA since 1886 — was named the most successful exhibitor at the 2021 Dairy Industry Associatio­n of Australia’s WA Dairy Product Competitio­n on Saturday, claiming seven trophies for its wares.

The WA show was the first of the DIAA’s competitio­ns this year, with the Australian and Victorian competitio­ns to be held in May, followed by NSW and Queensland in June and August.

Of the 170 entries from 18 local companies — which included cheeses, milks, custards and yoghurts — 94 per cent won awards, with seven taking home champion trophies, 33 per cent winning gold, and 61 taking home a silver medal.

Brownes Dairy’s vintage cheddar cheese won grand champion dairy product and champion cheese, with the company also winning trophies for its coconut yoghurt, lactose-free Hilo milk, and its Milko home delivery service.

Brownes cheesemake­r Donald Simpson was also named champion of the craft.

“This success is testament to our innovative culture here at Brownes Dairy,” Brownes chief executive Tony Girgis said.

“It is a huge honour to not only be Australia’s oldest dairy, but also Australia’s most innovate dairy.”

Other champion trophy winners included Northcliff­e’s Bannister Downs for its low-fat Cherry Ripeflavou­red milk; Good Earth Dairy for its camel milk; and Harvey Fresh for its vanilla-flavoured Country Custard. Chief judge

Michael Rammer said the exhibitors presented “incredibly highqualit­y dairy products” and congratula­ted the newcomers for their award-winning entries.

“(A) testament to the high standard of dairy products made in this State is the fact that West Australian processors are often in the top yoghurts and milks in high-end, prestigiou­s national competitio­ns, including the DIAA Australian Dairy Product Competitio­n,” he said.

“All products entered in the DIAA WA Dairy Product Competitio­n are made in WA — this is a requiremen­t of this competitio­n and different to other dairy product competitio­ns around the

nation, where products don’t have to be made in the State in which the competitio­n is held.

“It was fantastic to see five members who have newly joined the DIAA entered the competitio­n for the first time this year and received high accolades for their products.”

With 119 people in attendance, the event had a record number of people at its gala dinner at the Cottesloe Golf Club on Saturday, which last year was cancelled because of coronaviru­s restrictio­ns.

“The night had such a buzz of excitement, because we truly are celebratin­g the very best dairy products made in Western Australia,” Mr Rammer said.

 ??  ?? WA Agricultur­e Minister Alannah MacTiernan with the 2021 DIAA WA Dairy Product Competitio­n championsh­ip award winners.
WA Agricultur­e Minister Alannah MacTiernan with the 2021 DIAA WA Dairy Product Competitio­n championsh­ip award winners.
 ??  ?? Brownes Dairy chief executive Tony Girgis.
Brownes Dairy chief executive Tony Girgis.

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