The 2017 SA Dairy Champions, Qualité Award winners and Dairy Product of the Year were announced at the Agri-Expo Qualité Awards Dinner on 17 March at Grand West, Cape Town. The South African Dairy Championship saw 854 products entered in 9 categories and 102 classes. The championships are well supported by the industry and 83 dairy manufacturers participated this year, of which 13 participated for the first time. The entered products were judged by a team of 74 experts to determine the cream of the crop. After an intense day of judging, followed by a strict audit process, the products are awarded as SA Dairy Champions. The Qualité mark is awarded to products of excellence, and the overall winning product receives the Dairy Product of the Year accolade.
The 2017 Dairy Product of the Year was awarded to Parmalat SA for their Woolworths Mature Gouda (10 months matured). The Gouda follows in the footsteps of the twelve month matured Huguenot cheese from Dalewood Fromage, that was crowned the 2016 South African Dairy Product of the Year at the 2016 Qualité Awards Dinner.
|Parmalat SA||Simonsberg Matured Gouda|
|Parmalat SA||Woolworths Matured Gouda 10 months|
|Parmalat SA||Matured Cheddar|
|Klein River Cheese||Klein River Gruberg – Extra Mature|
|Parmalat SA||Vintage Cheddar – Minimum age: 18 months|
|Lancewood Holdings||PnP Low Fat Chunky Cottage Cheese – Sweet Piquant Pepper & Garlic|
|Lancewood Holdings||Medium Fat Plain Cream Cheese|
|Lancewood Holdings||PnP Balsamic & Onion Medium Fat Cream Cheese|
|De Pekelaar Kaas||Boerenkaas with Cumin|
|Fairview Cheese Company||Woolworths De Leeuwen|
|Delitaly Pty Ltd||Don Gelato Piemonte Hazelnuts|
|Fair Cape Dairies||Woolworths Full Cream Raspberry Yoghurt|
|Foxenburg Estate||Renosterbos Matured – 4 months|
|Clover||1906 Extra Mature Cheddar: 10-18 months|
|Belnori Boutique Cheesery||Kilembe|
See the full list of SA Dairy Champions.
Click here to download the pdf.
Watch a video on the judging of the awards: