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2013 AGDA winners – Tasmanian Heritage St Claire best in show

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012


From Dairy Australia’s e-news and website 27 November 2012:

Tasmanian cheese the grand champion

The ‘best of the best’ in Australian dairy foods have been announced at Dairy Australia’s 2013 Australian Grand Dairy Awards (AGDA).
Selected from 399 entries, the Grand Champion Cheese was Tasmanian Heritage St Claire, Lion Dairy & Drinks (T) and the Grand Champion Dairy Product was Bulla Premium Sour Cream, Bulla Dairy Foods (V). (see below many other Victorian champions…..)

Other category winners were: Champion Fresh Unripened Cheese – Cuore Blu Burrata, That’s Amore Cheese (V); Champion White Mould Cheese – Old Telegraph Road Brie, Jindi Cheese (V); Champion Semi-Hard and Eye Cheese – Tasmanian Heritage St Claire, Lion Dairy & Drinks (T); Champion Cheddar-Style Cheese – Pyengana Cheddar, Pyengana Dairy (T); Champion Hard Cheese – Mil Lel Superior Parmesan, Lion Dairy & Drinks (Simpson, V); Champion Blue Cheese – Old Telegraph Road Heritage Blue, Jindi Cheese (V); Champion Washed Rind Cheese – Jindi Reserve Washed Rind, Jindi Cheese (V); Champion Flavoured Cheese – Mil Lel Superior Pepato, Lion Dairy & Drinks (Simpson, V); Champion Goat’s or Sheep’s Milk Cheese – Red Hill Mountain Goat Blue, Red Hill Cheese (V);

Champion Natural Yogurt – Jalna Greek Natural Yoghourt, Jalna Dairy Foods (Vic); Champion Flavoured Yogurt – Brancourts Premium Dessert Mango Yoghurt, Brancourts (NSW); Champion Ice Cream – Dooley’s Licorice Ice Cream, Dooley’s Ice Cream (Vic); Champion Dairy Gelato – Cow and the Moon Pistachio Gelato, Cow and the Moon (NSW); Champion Dairy Dessert – King Island Dairy Belgian Chocolate Créme Dessert, Lion Dairy & Drinks (King Island, T);

Champion Milk – Sungold Jersey Milk, Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory (V); Champion Specialty White Dairy Drink – Norco Hi Lo, Norco Foods (Labrador, Q); Champion Flavoured Dairy Drink – Oak Egg Nog, Parmalat (Clarence Gardens, SA); Champion Cream – Bulla Premium Sour Cream, Bulla Dairy Foods (V); Champion Butter or Butter Blend – Western Star Original Butter, Fonterra Brands (Aust) (V); Champion Dairy Dip – Paradise Beach Pesto Swirl Dip, Paradise Beach Purveyors (NSW).

See website here

Small Training Provider in food sector wins at Vic Training Awards!

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Vic T Awards Mike and Team smCongratulations to Michael Grogan and his team at FGM Consultants in Warragul for taking out the top award for Small Training Provider of the Year at last Friday night’s training awards function.

See all the winners here

This Victorian private training provider began in 1996 and currently has 168 trainees over nine sites. The staff has extensive industry experience and Mike  has been an active participant in MINTRAC, the national training and research body and other industry activities. He is also an active Victorian committee member for ACPET, the Australian Council for Private Education and Training.

Another food sector finalist on the night was John Leontiades, apprentice baker from Louttit Bay Bakery in Lorne. Getting to the final four in the Apprentice of the Year category is an outstanding achievement. We wish him well with further endeavours, and he already has the national LA Judge Competition win on his resume.  Early in the evening John was warmly congratulated on being a finalist, by Andrew O’Hara, the Baking Industry Association of Victoria president and GM at Phillippa’s Bakery.

The VFITB would like to encourage all food processing sector employers and trainers to put forward their staff, training providers, companies, for the 2013 Victorian Training Awards. It is a wonderful way to recognise talent, commitment and innovation by all those involved in training.


AgriFood 2012 National Conference registrations are now open

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

agrifood logo

Hosted by AgriFood Skills Australia, this year’s conference will be on held on Thursday 20 September 2012 at the Four Points by Sheraton in Sydney. The conference dinner will be held the preceding evening Wednesday 19 September at the conference venue.

Themed Disruption or evolution the program will feature high-profile speakers and panellists discussing industry issues around structural change currently taking place in the agrifood industry.

Key note speakers and panellists include The Hon Tim Fischer AC, Barry Irvin, CEO Bega Cheese Ltd, and Phillip Adams. Additional speakers will be confirmed in the near future. Additions to the conference program will be published here.

Registrations are now open through a secure online site, where payment can be made securely by credit card. Click here to register.

tim fischer Conference registrations will close 5:00 PM Friday 14 September 2012.
philip adams

Vic training Awards Finalists announced – Young Baker in running for Best Apprentice

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

John Leontiades competition 1From the Victoria Education Department website:

Victorian Apprentice of the Year Award

Michael Bruns
Course: Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
Training provider: Box Hill Institute
Employer: Stowe Australia

Victoria Caskie
Course: Certificate III Engineering – Mechanical
Training provider: Chisholm Institute of TAFE
Employer: Australian Industry Group Training Services

John Leontiades (pictured on right competing in the national LA Judge Competition which he won for Victoria in May 2012)
Course: Certificate III in Food Processing (Retail Baking) combined
Training provider: South West Institute of TAFE
Employer: Louttit Bay Bakery, Lorne

Sevag Parseghian
Course: Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology: Automotive Mechanical Light Vehicle
Training provider: Kangan Institute
Employer: WPC Group Ltd
HOST Employer: Mercedes Benz

See full list of 2012 Finalists here.

2012 AgriFood Skills International Fellowship applications now open – close 6 August

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

agrifood logothat's amore cheese

AgriFood Skills Australia and International Specialised Skills Institute Inc. are offering two international Fellowships of $10,000 each.

These fellowships aim to promote the acquisition of higher-level skills and an appreciation of international best practice in the agrifood industry.

Two Fellowships are available, with applications open to all people Australia-wide in the sectors covered by AgriFood. Successful applicants will be announced on Wednesday 19 September at the AgriFood Skills Australia National Conference.

Applications close 6 August.

Click here for details. Their website also has information on previous winners.

Victorian wins national battle of the best young bakers!

Friday, June 1st, 2012

John Leontiades competition 1From the Grain Growers website, 28 May 2012,

Five of Australia’s best young baking apprentices have  competed for the prestigious L A Judge Award, an annual event  hosted by Grain Growers Limited (“GrainGrowers”) to recognise and encourage excellence in the industry. John Leontiades, 22, from Louttit Bay Bakery in Lorne,  was named the winner at a presentation ceremony in Sydney on Thursday night. He will receive an overseas study tour valued at $3,500.

Representatives from other states were  Tobias Morley (Woolworths Kingston, Tasmania), Jasmine Harris (Bakers Delight, Woodville, South Australia), Geoffrey Brinkley (Woolworths Caloundra, Queensland) and Joshua Patrick Walton (Bushmans Bakery, Lake Cathie, New South Wales). Baking apprentices aged 23 years or less are nominated by their state industry association to compete in the gruelling, three-day competition.

Morten Staer, GrainGrowers bakery consultant and the competition’s chief judge, said the hotly-contested competition  — held at GrainGrowers’ in-house baking facilities  — saw competitors evaluated on practical baking, technical knowledge and communication.

Click here to read whole story.

John’s apprenticeship has been conducted with South West Institute of TAFE, under Baking Department coordinator, Jason Bidmade. The Victorian Baking Training Network was actively engaged in the state-wide selection process for the best apprentice to compete in the LA Judge.  Many trainers from other TAFEs gave their time and expertise to help prepare John.

The VFITB commends this training sector for its commitment to training excellence and developing the next generation of industry specialists. This LA Judge win is testament to their dedication and passion, and of course, to John’s outstanding abilities and vision.

Australian success at 2012 International Wine Challenge in London

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012


From the Australian Food News website, 22 May 2012:

Australian wineries are celebrating their success at the 2012 International Wine Challenge with a record 69 Gold medal winning wines – an increase of almost 15 per cent year on year.

Australia also retained its world ranking position at number two, behind France, and was the country with the highest percentage of wines entered which received awards (83 per cent).

The International Wine Challenge 2012 took place in London this week, with the results being announced today at the London International Wine Fair.

A number of Australian wineries picked up more than one of the highly coveted Gold medals. Australian Vintage Limited led the way with seven Gold medal wins, Wolf Blass Wines won six, and Hardys Wines and Yalumba won four each.

Australia’s iconic red, Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon was one of two Gold medals awarded to Penfolds Wines.

Click here to read the full article on the Australian Food News website.

Note: New wine industry qualifications are now available – see site for details

Certificates II and III in Wine Industry Operations

2012 Australian Grand Dairy Awards: Best of the Best Cookbook

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

EA+edited+5218.AGDA.Bestcookbook.LRDairy Australia has released at 2012 Australian Grand Dairy Awards: Best of the Best Cookbook.

Click here to view the cookbook online on issuu.

Click here to access a PDF which can be saved and printed [PDF:3.6MB]

2012 MINTRAC Training Award Winners

Monday, April 16th, 2012

SWIT meat dept

Congratulations to South West Institute of TAFE and William Angliss Institute of TAFE for being short listed as best Training Provider this year. SWIT (training photo on right) did pip WAI – you can see all the winners on the MINTRAC website

Melbourne apprentice Daniel Lewis won Vocational Student of the Year.  Daniel works with his father Stephen at Continental Kosher Butchers, in Malvern, Melbourne. Well done! Pop in to try some of their award winning small goods and unique products such as goose sausages.

And thanks must go to Alison Kirwan, Jenny Kroonstuiver and the gang at MINTRAC for conducting these awards each – recognising the achievements and dedication of those working in the meat industry and those who train them. As readers know, these types of industry training awards provide a much needed opportunity to give recognition, to network more closely with employers and industry at large, and build industry camaraderie. Now it’s time for all the Victorian nominees for MINTRAC to repeat their nomination efforts with the Victorian Training Awards. here


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Congratulations to the 2012 Australian Grand Dairy Award Winners

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

that's amore cheese

From the Dairy Australia website:

On Wednesday 14th March 2012 in Melbourne, the ‘best of the best’ Australian dairy products received their crowning glory at Dairy Australia’s 2012 Australian Grand Dairy Awards. Nineteen Champions and two Grand Champions were awarded in front of members and supporters of the dairy industry from around the country. (Ed’s note – both Grand Champions from Gippsland)

The awards also recognised the pioneering people who create those products and in recognition of the 2012 Australian Year of the Farmer, Dairy Australia’s 13th Australian Grand Dairy Awards paid tribute to inspiring people and motivational stories from within the dairy industry.

The Grand Champion Winners are:

2012 Grand Champion Cheese – Maffra Cloth Aged Cheddar, Maffra Cheese Co (VIC)

2012 Grand Champion Dairy – Gippsland Dairy Pure Double Cream, Bead Foods (VIC)

The 2012 AGDA Champion Cheese Winners are:

Champion Fresh Unripened Cheese – That’s Amore Burrata, That’s Amore Cheese (VIC)

Champion Cheddar-Style Cheese – Maffra Cloth Aged Cheddar, Maffra Cheese Co (VIC)

Champion Washed Rind Cheese – King Island Dairy Stormy, Lion Dairy & Drinks (TAS)

Champion White Mould Cheese – Tasmanian Heritage Signature Camembert, Lion Dairy & Drinks (TAS)

Champion Hard Cheese – Puglia Pecorino Romano, The Fresh Cheese Co (VIC)

Champion Flavoured Cheese – Barambah Organics Labna with Fennel & Sea Salt, Barambah Organics (QLD)

Champion Semi-Hard and Eye Cheese – Tasmanian Heritage St Claire, Lion Dairy & Drinks (TAS)

Champion Blue Cheese – King Island Dairy Roaring Forties Blue, Lion Dairy & Drinks (TAS)

Champion Goat’s or Sheep’s Milk Cheese – Woodside Monet, Woodside Cheese Wrights (SA)

The 2012 AGDA Champion Dairy Winners are:

Champion Natural Yogurt – Mundella Premium Natural Yoghurt, Mundella Foods (WA)

Champion Flavoured Yogurt – Gippsland Dairy Blueberry Twist Yogurt, Bead Foods (VIC)

Champion Ice Cream – Cocolat Pistachio Ice Cream, Cocolat (SA)

Champion Dairy Gelato – Caffe e Gelato Milany Banana Gelato, Caffe e Gelato Milany (QLD)

Champion Dairy Dessert – King Island Dairy Belgian Chocolate Crème Dessert, Lion Dairy & Drinks (TAS)

Champion Milk – Pura Original Milk, Lion Dairy & Drinks (VIC)

Champion Specialty White Dairy Drink – Sungold O’ Frothy One, Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory (VIC)

Champion Flavoured Dairy Drink – Oak Egg Nog, Parmalat (SA)

Champion Cream – Gippsland Dairy Pure Double Cream, Bead Foods (VIC)

Champion Butter or Butter Blend – Tatura Continental Unsalted Butter, Tatura Milk Industries (VIC)

Click here for more information on the Awards on the Dairy Australia website.
Click here for the Recipe Book featuring the winning entries on the Dairy Australia website.


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