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Enter the 2018 SA Dairy Championships

Dairy producers are invited to enter the 2018 South African Dairy Championships, the biggest, oldest and most prestigious dairy event in the country.

The championships has been hosted since 1834 by Cape of Good Hope Agricultural Society, today Agri-Expo. According to Johan Ehlers, Chief Executive Officer of Agri-Expo, the ultimate aim of the championships, celebrating its 185th year of existence this year, 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 championships 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.

The championships consists of ten categories and more than 100 classes for end products in the dairy industry. Any dairy producer with products available in the trade may enter. In 2017 a total of  854 products were entered by 83 dairy producers. The winners in each of the classes are crowned as SA Champions at the Qualité Awards Dinner, whilst products of exceptional quality receive the 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. Parmalat’s 10 months Matured Gouda won the 2017 title.

Kobus Mulder, chief judge, says: “The championships is unique, as the judges participate individually in a blind evaluation of products in order to ensure the process is truly independent.”

Entries for the 2018 championships opens on 4 January 2018 on the website www.cheesesa.co.za. The closing date for entries is 1 February 2018.  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.

Agri-Expo, a non-profit agricultural society, promotes the image of agriculture through marketing initiatives such as expos, including the South African Cheese Festival. For more information, visit www.agriexpo.co.za, follow Agri-Expo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, or contact Agri-Expo at 021-975 4440 or cheese@agriexpo.co.za.