Inglenook Dairy Shines at the 2023 Australian Food Awards: A Conversation with Troy and Rachael Peterken

On September 12, 2023, Melbourne Royal proudly announced the results of the highly anticipated 2023 Australian Food Awards for the Dairy category. After a hiatus of three years, the Melbourne Royal Dairy Awards received 207 entries. The Awards were judged by nine highly respected industry experts on the following attributes of flavour and aroma, body and texture, presentation, condition and melting.

Among the standout winners, Inglenook Dairy, based in Dunnstown, Victoria, not only clinched the Trophy for Best Cream but also secured an impressive array of accolades, including four Gold medals, two Silver medals, and a Bronze.

We had the pleasure of catching up with Troy and Rachael Peterken, the dynamic duo behind Inglenook Dairy, to delve into their family business and the significance of this remarkable achievement.

Inglenook Dairy, a family-owned enterprise with an 11-year legacy, is dedicated to producing top-quality dairy products. From milking the cows to manufacturing, bottling, and distribution, the Peterken family is hands-on at every stage of the process.

What sets Inglenook Dairy apart is the pure taste and quality of their products. Eschewing additives, they strive to keep their products as close to the raw, unadulterated form as legally possible.

Inglenook Dairy's philosophy is simple yet powerful: excellent quality products and good old-fashioned customer service.

Looking ahead, Troy and Rachael express their aspirations to continue growing, developing new products, and garnering additional awards for their exceptional lineup.

Inglenook Dairy products, including the award-winning Best Cream and others, can be found at Coles, Woolworths, IGAS, Foodworks, and local Fruit and Vegetable stores.

The list of awards is impressive:

  • Best Cream
  • 3 x Gold Medals for Cow's Milk
  • 2 x Silver Medals for Butter
  • 1 x Bronze Medal for Yoghurt

Inglenook Dairy's winning products are described as pure, free from permeate or additives, reminiscent of the authentic taste of yesteryears.

We asked Troy and Rachael what winning these awards meant for them and their team,

“Winning these awards is everything. It is recognition of hard work and dedication from our Team to strive for excellence in providing the best possible Dairy Products on the market.”

The recognition garnered from these awards is expected to elevate awareness of the Inglenook Dairy brand, enticing those who have not yet experienced the pure delight of their products.

“We enter these awards as they are the most prestigious awards in our region. The recognition participants receive in this elite competition is second to none. These awards are highly sought after in our Industry. Recognition that comes with achieving a Gold Medal or Best in Class is a testament to the strict quality control measures hard work, dedication and pride in creating a premium product.”

Inglenook Dairy's triumph at the 2023 Australian Food Awards is a testament to their unwavering commitment to excellence and purity in the world of dairy. As they continue to grow and innovate, the future looks exceptionally bright for this family-owned business.


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