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Parmalat’s 10-months Mature Gouda, made especially for Woolworths, was crowned the South African Dairy Product of the Year for the second year in a row.
Parmalat’s 10-months Mature Gouda, made especially for Woolworths, was crowned the South African Dairy Product of the Year for the second year in a row.

Woolworths’ cheese makes history with two SA Dairy Product of the Year Awards in a row


Issued by Agri Expo - Mar 26th 2018, 10:47

Parmalat’s 10-months Mature Gouda, made especially for Woolworths, was crowned the South African Dairy Product of the Year for the second year in a row at the Agri-Expo Qualité Awards Gala Dinner on 23 March 2018 at GrandWest. This achievement is a first for the SA Dairy Championships, celebrating its 185th year of existence. 

The Gouda, an aromatic and full-flavoured cheese, was one of 945 dairy products from 83 producers that vied for the attention of the 84 judges ranging from food technologists to cheese retailers, and food bloggers to chefs. From the magnitude of entries, only eighteen were honoured with the Qualité mark of excellence (full list of the crème de la crème below) and 105 were named SA Champion (attached).

“For a product to be chosen as Dairy Product of the Year in a competition of this nature is a long and difficult journey and the dream of every dairy technologist,” says chief judge and international dairy expert Kobus Mulder.

“That the honour befalls this year's winner of the prestigious title for the second year in a row, is exceptional. Not only is it an extraordinary performance, but also a proof of sustained good manufacturing practices and quality control by the personnel of the manufacturer. Technically and gastronomically the Parmalat 10-months Mature Gouda is as close to perfection as a food product can come.”

185 years celebrated with record number of entries

The SA Dairy Championships has been presented with great success by Agri-Expo since 1834. "The Championships has grown to ten categories this year with more than 100 classes for end products in the processing line of the industry," says Johan Ehlers, Chief Executive Officer of Agri-Expo.

"The increase in entries over the past few years emphasise the importance of this Championships for individuals, small and medium enterprises, as well as national and international companies. This year's results reflect an innovative industry and healthy competition among larger manufacturers and smaller entrepreneurs, with a total of seven Qualité's awarded to Parmalat, four to Belnori Boutique Cheesery and a good division between the other winners. In addition, no less than 15 producers are newcomers to this year’s competition.”

Agri-Expo expresses its appreciation to the sponsors of the Qualité Award Gala Dinner, namely Woolworths, CONDIO, MANE, Lakefoods, PHT (Partner for Hygiene and Technology), Octofin, Simonsig, Parmalat, Veritas, MPO (Milk Producers Organisation) and AgriConnect, for their commitment to the development of the SA dairy industry.


Parmalat SA (7)
Woolworths Matured Gouda 10 Months
Woolworth Vintage Cheddar – White
Woolworths Matured Gouda 20 Months
President Matured Gouda 6 Months
UHT Low Fat Milk
Medium Fat Yoghurt - Choc Chip
Medium Fat Yoghurt - Fruited – Strawberry

Belnori Boutique Cheesery (4)
Highvelder Classic

Baris Cheese
Vliedermaus - Bloomy Rind with Vegetable Ash

Coega Dairy
Ritebrand UHT Low Fat Milk

Dalewood Fromage

Dutch Goat Farm
Goat's Gouda

Fair Cape Dairies
Full Cream Yoghurt - Vanilla Flavoured with Chocolate Chips

Ladismith Cheese Company
Round Gouda

Langbaken Karoo Cheese
Karoo Crumble


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