For the first time I was invited to assist in the judging of the 2016 SA Dairy Championships, 72 judges evaluating 895 dairy products entered by 85 producers, both record numbers. A total of 23 products received a Qualité Award, and one of these was named as the South African Dairy Product of the Year 2016, namely Dalewood Fromage Huguenot 12 months matured. Continue reading →
Parmalat SA was the cream of the dairy crop at the SA Dairy Championships 2014, having won the largest number of champion awards for its dairy products. The Klein River Cheese Grana was named 2014 Dairy Product of the Year at the DuPont Qualité Awards, organised by Agri-Expo a week ago.
Klein River Cheese is based outside Stanford, and its award-winning Grana is a slow-matured hard cheese. Its strength, fruitiness, slight sweetness, granular texture, and hard and thick rind preserving the cheese impressed the judges. Chief judge Kobus Mulder said about this cheese: ‘ ...the Klein River Cheese Grana so impressed the judges with its great taste and typical texture that they were in total agreement that this was indeed Number 1‘.
Agri-Expo CEO Johan Ehlers said about the stature of the South African cheese awards: ‘
Sustainably presenting these Championships for 180 years, as well as the impressive growth in number of entries and quality thereof over the last decade, is indeed an achievement of note. The Championships today represents the entire South African dairy industry and is perceived as one of the top dairy competitions in the world’. More than 800 dairy products by 68 dairy Continue reading →