About the SA Dairy Championships

The aim of the SA Dairy Championships is to recognise and reward the quality of dairy products and to promote these products in marketing campaigns. This contributes significantly to promoting excellence in the dairy industry and elevates the profile of the industry amongst consumers. The growing number of entries is a clear indication of the high level of confidence dairy processors have in the Championships and is confirmed by the high number of 945 entries from 83 producers in 2018.

The championships consist of ten categories (cheese, butter, yoghurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, cultured and flavoured milk, dairy desserts, dairy dips, milk and UHT milk, cream) and more than 100 classes for end products in the dairy industry. The cheese category is the largest, taking up more than half of the entries. The number and quality of goat’s milk and continental cheeses increased significantly over the years, which is mainly due to growing demand and innovation amongst cheesemakers. The SA Dairy Championships is unique in South Africa and is regarded by the industry as a world-class event.

Entries for the 2019 championships open on 7 January 2019. The closing date for entries is 7 February 2019. Judging takes place on 28 February 2019 and the Qualité Awards Dinner will be held on 29 March 2019 at Grand West in Cape Town.