Cream of the crop

ustralian Grand Dairy Awards deputy chief judge Mark Livermore presents Bulla Dairy Foods' Paul George with the Champion Cream award. (Supplied)

Bulla Dairy Foods in Derrimut has taken out the top prize of Champion Cream at the 25th annual Australian Grand Dairy Awards.

Delicious and decadent dairy was in abundance at the awards held in Melbourne on February 1, hosted by Dairy Australia and the Royal Agriculture Societies.

Derrimut’s own Bulla Dairy Foods took out the top spot for the Champion Cream category for its Creme Fraiche.

The annual awards acknowledge excellence, quality and innovation across 18 dairy product classes, attracting entrants from each Australian state.

“We are honoured to see Bulla’s crème fraîche recognised as the 2024 Champion Cream at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards,” said Bulla Dairy Foods chief executive Allan Hood.

“Bulla’s distribution centre and head office have been operating in Derrimut for over 20 years, where we employ over 250 team members. “While our product range is primarily innovated and manufactured in Colac, our move to Derrimut represented significant growth and expansion for our business at the time as well as Bulla’s enduring legacy of operations here in Melbourne which began in North Melbourne in 1928.“

The rigorous judging process was conducted by a panel of expert judges comprising dairy experts, cheesemongers, retailers, chefs, food experts from across the country.

The awards had 380 entrants across 18 categories, each judged on flavour, aroma, texture, body, and visual appearance to determine the finest products.

Dairy Australia head of marketing Glenys Zucco said the Australian Grand Dairy Awards is a long-standing legacy of Dairy Australia.

“For 25 years, Dairy Australia has recognised the best of the best in Australian dairy,” Ms Zucco said.

“…We continue to be impressed by the quality of the entries year on year. This year was no exception.”