The Goulburn Valley region has earned itself a prime position on Australia’s foodie map with locally produced dairy delight, Tatura Salted Butter taking home gold in the prestigious 2014 Australian Grand Dairy Awards, announced in Melbourne last Tuesday.BOB NICOL December 3, 2013 4:00pm
With Australia’s most accomplished dairy judges selecting Tatura Salted Butter as the country’s best butter or butter blend, Tatura Milk Industries can now bask in the glow of pipping gold medal winners from feeder shows around the country to the post to be crowned the best of the best.
Now in their 15th year, the Australian Grand Dairy Awards recognise and reward excellence, quality and innovation in Australian dairy produce, paying tribute to the highly-skilled Aussies who develop and make these products.
This year, Tatura Salted Butter battled fierce competition from a range of top-notch butters to win over the judges’ taste buds.
‘‘The Tatura butter had a good even colour and compact, closed texture — exactly what you want in a butter. The sweet, fresh flavour was balanced by just the right salt level,’’ chief judge Neil Willman said.
‘‘The judging team was incredibly impressed with the quality of this year’s entries, and it was a challenge to identify the winning products,’’ he said.
Representing Tatura Milk Industries, Paddy Kerrins said it was an honour to be crowned the Champion Butter, and a testament to the brand’s dedication to creating delicious, high-quality dairy products.
‘‘Being named this year’s Champion Butter is a real testament to the team at Tatura and the collective of farmers who supply us with the top quality milk that forms the basis of all our products,’’ Mr Kerrins said.
‘‘We’re passionate about using the best, locally sourced Australian cows’ milk so winning the award shows we’re onto something.’’
Tatura has been producing superb dairy products since 1907 and now processes 80 000 tonnes of dairy products annually from milk supplied by local dairy farms.
Fresh milk supplies come from around 65 000 dairy cows within an 80 km radius of the Tatura factory.
For this year’s Australian Grand Dairy Awards, more than 430 products across 19 different classes were put through their paces in a rigorous and highly technical judging process by an team of 22 experts.
Each product was tasted, tested and assessed for flavour, aroma, body, texture, colour and appearance to identify the highest scoring products.
As part of its win, Tatura Milk Industries is now entitled to feature its exclusive Australian Grand Dairy Awards medal in marketing efforts to ensure all Aussies can instantly identify a champion when they see and taste one.
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