Beston Pure Foods recognised on national stage

TOP-THREE: Packing operator Shaun Tidswell, cheesmaker Paul Croser and head cheesemaker Paul Connolly with several products, including the nominated cheddar (bottom right). Photo: Nick Grimm.
TOP-THREE: Packing operator Shaun Tidswell, cheesmaker Paul Croser and head cheesemaker Paul Connolly with several products, including the nominated cheddar (bottom right). Photo: Nick Grimm.

Murray Bridge's own Beston Pure Foods has been shortlisted as one of the top-three finalists in the 2018 Australian Grand Dairy Awards cheddar category. 

The annual awards recognise quality, innovation and excellence in all areas of dairy production and celebrates Australian dairy connoisseurs from cheese masters to gelato makers to milk farmers.

The local producer was nominated for their Edwards Crossing Cloth Bound Cheddar and head cheesemaker Paul Connolly said the national nod was a team effort. 

“None of our wins before this would have been possible without the team’s hard work and this one is nomination different,” he said. 

Mr Connolly said, after winning carious gold medal previously, the company was invited to nominate a product, and they chose the cheddar. 

“Being invited to nominate was great, making the top three is fantastic and winning would be brilliant for us all here,” he said. “You can’t just pay your entry fee and get in, so it’s a real honour for everyone here.”

Competition will be stiff, going up against Australian food giant Bega Cheese’s Heritage Reserve Vintage Cheddar and the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory’s Mil Lel Superior Parmesan. 

“We know these players are doing all they can do to win, so all we can do is do our best,” he said.

The winners will be announced in early February. 

More categories and nominees can be found at http://www.legendairy.com.au/dairy-foods/agda/2018-finalists.