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.

SA Dairy Product of the Year Winner 2017 Winner: Arnold Nieuwoudt (Production Manager: Parmalat SA) and his team are proud to be announced SA Dairy Product of the Year 2017 for their Woolworths Mature Gouda 10 months.

Qualité Awards:

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
Dalewood Fromage Dalewood-Lanquedoc
The 2017 Qualité award winners: Tony Burns (Parmalat SA), Courtney Gibson (Fair Cape Dairies), Marianne Hemmes (Foxenburg Estate), Raymond Kennel (Parmalat SA), Nellie Fischer (Dalewood Fromage), Estelle du Preez (De Pekelaar), Rina Belcher (Belnori).
In the back: Francois Colyn (Clover SA), Kholisile Klaas (Parmalat SA), Bruce Rowbotham (Fairview), Luzuko Decree (Lancewood), Johan Ehlers (Agri-Expo), Gerhard Baartman (Lancewood), Frikkie Saayman (Lancewood), Cyril Zaal (Klein River Cheese), Nick Baleta (Delitaly), Franklin Fortuin (Parmalat SA).

See the full list of SA Dairy Champions.
Click here to download the pdf.

Watch a video on the judging of the awards: