News: Bannister Downs Dairy Wins Big at the Australian Dairy Awards 

Bannister Downs Dairy received a multitude of awards at the 2024 Dairy Industry Association of Australia Annual Product Awards held in Melbourne on 17 May 2024.

The first win was for Bannister Downs Chocolatte, announced as the Champion Chocolate Flavoured Milk, and then shortly after was awarded the trophy for the Highest Scoring Flavoured Milk, from all Australian varieties. Bannister Downs Double Cream was also announced the Champion Cream in Australia for 2024.

Bannister Downs was further honoured to win the title of the Most Outstanding Show Exhibit of a Medium to Large Scale Producer and also received the award for Most Innovative Product in Show for the recently launched 2L rPET bottle made entirely from recycled plastics.

Bannister Downs Dairy is run by Mat and Suzanne Daubney (centre), a husband-and-wife team whose family has lived and worked in Northcliffe for 100 years. 

“With over 1100 product entries and companies represented from all over Australia, it was an absolutely huge achievement for our dedicated team to dominate in the Flavoured Milk and Cream Champion categories and is a testament to everything we do at Bannister Downs to offer the very best tasting and nutritious milk,” said Managing Director Suzanne Daubney.

“This encompasses all the decisions we make from how we care for our cows, our world class processing facility in Northcliffe, through to our sustainable packaging. It all makes a difference, and we’re very proud to be recognised for producing premium quality milk, cream and flavoured milk. Each week we make 11 different products, and every single product was awarded with a gold or silver medal.”

“The current season and operating conditions have been unprecedentedly challenging and it is wonderful to have some good news to share, both for our team and for WA Agriculture in general, as we have all been faced with so many hurdles in trying operate our businesses. Winning these Australian Champion Titles puts a little spring in everyone’s step, and we are very grateful to the competition organisers, judges and stewards who contribute so many hours (voluntarily) to provide this opportunity for our industry to showcase its best of the best”, Daubney concluded. 

Chocolatte can be found at IGAs and independent grocers in custom 500ml bottles, made from 100% recycled plastics.

Images : Supplied / Craig Kinder

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Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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