2018 – South African Dairy Championship
Agri-Expo has been involved in the South African Dairy Industry since 1834, when the first South African Dairy Championships was held with one goal in mind: TO PROMOTE EXCELLENCE IN DAIRY PRODUCTS. To date, this is still the objective and the annual South African Dairy Championships is a fine example of this. A total of 945 dairy products from 83 dairy producers were judged by 84 experts who evaluate appearance, texture and flavour of products in ten categories. This Championships rewards dairy manufacturers for innovation and gives recognition for their quality products. Agri-Expo created the Qualité emblem in 2001 and today it is South Africa’s only symbol of exceptional quality in the dairy industry. Winning products are crowned SA Champions and only a few outstanding products are awarded the Qualité Mark of Excellence. The Qualité product with the highest score is crowned the Dairy Product of the Year. Agri-Expo is furthermore involved with developing new markets for upcoming cheese makers and educational promotions of dairy products. 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 Consult, Simonsig, Parmalat, Veritas, MPO (Milk Producers Organisation) and AgriConnect, for their commitment to the development of the SA dairy industry.
Estee van Aswegen (Baris Cheese), Philip Joubert (Octofin), Greta van der Colff (Namens Langbaken), Alton Willemse (Parmalat), Gordon Smith (Parmalat),Rob Visser (Dalewood Fromage),Bongi Nondzama (Belnori Boutique Cheesery), Johan Ehlers (CEO: Agri-Expo), André Matthys (Parmalat), Jumat Witbooi (Parmalat),Ernest Slabber (Ladismith Cheese),
Lukas Makobane, (Parmalat),Henrik Ingenpass (Condio),Peet Marx (MANE),Courtenay Gibson, (Fair Cape Dairies),Robyn Joubert (MPO),George Kuyler (MPO).
Owen Walsh, (Parmalat,Yonela Cengimbo, (Parmalat),Bulelwa Ngxamile, (Parmalat),Selwyn Claassen, (Parmalat),Jonathan van der Merwe (Parmalat).