The South African Dairy Championships welcomes yet another new category in 2018. Following last year’s addition of a new category for milk and UHT milk, Agri-Expo decided to add a new category for cream this year. The championships now consists of ten categories and more than 100 classes for end products in the dairy industry.
The winners in each of the classes are crowned as SA Champions at the Qualité Awards Dinner, whilst only products of exceptional quality receive the Qualité mark. After the first round of judging by more than 70 judges, a panel of five specialists allocate the Product of the Year. In 2017 a total of 854 products were entered by 83 dairy producers, with Parmalat’s 10 months’ Matured Gouda was crowned Product of the Year.
According to Johan Ehlers, Chief Executive Officer of Agri-Expo, the ultimate aim of the championships is to promote excellence in the dairy industry. “We are proud to host the only championships that involves all dairy products in South Africa. The competition has become the benchmark for producers to measure themselves against each other. The Qualité mark is recognised by the industry as the only mark of quality for dairy products in South Africa”, Ehlers says.
Any dairy producer with products available in the trade during judging may enter between 4 January and 1 February 2018 on www.cheesesa.co.za. Judging takes place on 22 February 2018 and the Qualité Awards Dinner will be held on 23 March 2018 at Grand West in Cape Town. – Press release