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Sydney Royal Competitions are back in 2021

Posted on : 21 September 2020

Message from the Chair of Judges, Mark Livermore

In 2020 the Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show, run in February each year, was the only Royal Cheese and Dairy competition in Australia. This was because of the restrictions this Coronavirus Pandemic has placed on us all as an Industry and as individuals. In 2021 we are looking forward to leading the way to a reopening of competitions around the country. The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has in place a range of COVID-19 safe protocols to ensure the safety of Staff and Officials while at the same time ensuring the quality of your products is assessed by a team of Judges, all of whom are qualified by Dairy Australia. In 2021 we are also including some Judges who have vast experience judging both here in Australia and internationally. This will further strengthen the breadth and depth of our judging panels.

Our Judges are industry experts in their field and it is with their dedication and commitment to the quality of Exhibits produced that the RAS is able to provide the feedback and support to the Australian Dairy Industry necessary in its continual improvement process.

The Competition Schedule has been thoroughly reviewed and revised to reflect the changes that have occurred in the past 12 months. I encourage all Exhibitors to refer to this document during the entry process.

Each year I have commented on the state of the Australian dairy industry and in reviewing these comments, it seems like I have spoken of the tough conditions faced by Exhibitors through the changing climate and the resultant drought and water issues that this has impacted across the country. This year it seems that once again, the industry is facing unprecedented conditions, the drought may have eased, however its influence will be much longer term and now the industry is experiencing the effect of the pandemic with both domestic and international markets affected.

I continue to see Exhibits of the highest quality available to the Australian consumer and under current circumstances this is indeed a credit to the industry that it continues to make products recognised as being of the highest quality. It is through the Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show that we can objectively demonstrate to consumers and international markets that our products are indeed amongst the best in the world.

The RAS in 2019 brought together buyers and key decision makers in retail, food service, hospitality, as well as chefs looking to connect with local produce, for the new format Taste of Excellence. Should this event be able to go ahead in 2021 this will once again showcase the best our industry producers. This one-day industry event gives attendees the opportunity to network, share, learn, observe, taste and sip Sydney Royal medal winning produce. "Taste of Excellence" is another commercial reason to enter product in the Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show.

I encourage all manufacturers to enter this Show as a strong indication to our markets that the dairy industry has worked through the issues presented by the pandemic, addressed them and is now in a position to meet the desires of consumers. As I said last year, these awards provide a real identifiable recognition of product quality, which can then be used to access new markets and furthermore the Judges feedback offers a real launching pad for future development and growth.

Finally I would like to thank the RAS of NSW Dairy Produce Committee its Chair, Mr Geoff Mason and Mrs Mahalia Hicks, Manager, Wine Dairy Fine Food for their support and advice as well as giving me the honour and privilege of leading the team of respected Judges and Stewards at the 2021 Show.

We look forward to celebrating the exceptional calibre of Australian cheese and dairy produce that will be presented at the 2021 Show.

 

Mark Livermore

Chair of Judges

Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Produce Show

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