MEDIA RELEASE | Bannister Downs Dairy Wins Coveted 2024 People’s Choice Product of the Year

Bannister Downs Dairy is celebrating a milestone win, announced as Western Australia’s 2024 People’s Choice Product of the Year for its Farm Fresh Milk, at the 2024 WA Good Food Guide Awards held at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal.

BANNISTER DOWNS DAIRY, a partnership between the Daubney Family and Australia’s leading private company, Hancock Prospecting (HPPL), led by its Executive Chairman Mrs Gina Rinehart AO are thrilled to secure the coveted people vote.

BANNISTER DOWNS DAIRY’s Managing Director, Ms Suzanne Daubney said this win is a true measure of the team’s hard work and consumer love for the WA owned and produced milk.

“This is a big win for our local team and is a testament to everything we do to offer the very best tasting and nutritious milk. 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 proud to be recognised for producing premium quality milk,” Daubney said.

“As we approach our 100 years of dairy farming, we’re proud of the legacy we are creating, not just for our family, but also for our community, our customers and our team who are all instrumental in this win,” Daubney said.

As one of the few processors in Australia using the traditional low temperature pasteurisation methods, Daubney said investment in the state-of-the-art ‘The Creamery’ using bespoke equipment design, and a focus on cow welfare, allows for milk to be dispatched within hours of milking.

“We know happy, healthy cows produce the best milk. We want our customers to choose our products because they know our milk tastes great, and because they know we’re dedicated to cattle and staff welfare practices. Our cows are free range and come in to be milked on a voluntary low stress milking basis. All of this ensures we can produce noticeably better milk,” Mrs rinehart added.

“People want to know that animal welfare is a priority, as is cleanliness of facilities and healthy products. We share these priorities at BANNISTER DOWNS and we excel at delivering them,” Matt Daubney said.

This latest People Choice award comes on the back of BANNISTER DOWNS DAIRY winning Australia’s Favourite Milk at the Australian Grand Dairy Awards in 2022

“We love winning awards from consumer votes. It tells us we are on the right path. Now, more than ever, people want ethically produced products and think carefully about our health and what we put into our bodies. Consumers want to trust the quality of the dairy products (and other foods) they enjoy. This is why this award is important to us and we sincerely thank everyone for voting for us,” Sue Daubney said.

BANNISTER DOWNS DAIRY also recognises the team at Buy West Eat best as major sponsors.

“We’ve been members of Buy West Eat Best for more than 15 years because we believe our WA produce is some of the best in the world. Consumers want more locally produced and owned produce and we’re proud to help support and receive support from this important endeavour at every opportunity, Matt Daubney said.

BANNISTER DOWNS is owned by the Daubney Family in partnership with HPPL, led by its Executive Chairman, Mrs Gina Rinehart AO, and their business relationship, spanning close to a decade, is strong due to their shared values, including around animal welfare, clean facilities and providing excellent produce. There is solid alignment in values and the care of their cattle is paramount.

The multi-award-winning milk products are all processed with milk fresh from the farm and the team take pride and care to achieve the highest quality products from farm to fridge. BANNISTER DOWNS fresh milk is available throughout West Australia in IGA’s, Coles, Woolworths and Independent retail stores and is the milk of choice for a large number of cafes and restaurants in pursuit of excellence for their coffees and more.

The Northcliffe-based dairy was established in 1924 and has a long history of producing premium quality milk, available since 2005 under its family operated BANNISTER DOWNS DAIRY brand which features a critically acclaimed range of single origin farm fresh milks, creams and flavoured milks.

Following the establishment of the Bannister Downs Dairy brand in 2005, the Daubney family, seeking to grow their business further, were fortunate to be able to do this via a partnership with Gina Rinehart in 2014. The partnership has been very positive and has allowed for significant investment across all aspects of the Bannister Downs Dairy business, always with animal welfare, team well-being and product quality as shared priorities between the Daubney family, Mrs Rinehart and her team at Hancock Agriculture. Bannister Downs Dairy remains a dedicated family farming business with a strong focus on excellence, and with all the added benefits of the genuine interest and experience in Australian agriculture that Mrs Rinehart brings, and the expertise and enthusiasm of the Hancock Agriculture team that she leads.

Sue Daubney - Managing Director Bannister Downs & Dan Wade - Executive General Manager Business Development Hancock Prospecting.