“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," said Agri-Expo CEO Johan Ehlers.
"The championships represents the entire South African dairy industry and is perceived as one of the top dairy competitions in the world."
This year 68 producers entered 821 products in the categories for butter, cheese, cottage cheese, yoghurt, flavoured milk, dairy dips, ice cream and dairy dessert.
According to internationally experienced cheese judge, Ulf Mortensen, the general level of quality of the entries has improved since he last judged at the SA Dairy Championships in 2012.
Fifteen products will wear the 2014 Qualité mark of excellence. This year Lancewood led with the highest tally of Qualité awards, namely four.
Ninety-five (95) of the 821 dairy products entered for this year’s Du Pont SA dairy championships, were heralded as SA Champions.
Parmalat, South Africa’s largest producer of dairy products, took the lead with no less than 13 champions, followed by Lancewood Holdings (10), Fair Cape Dairies (7) and Belnori Boutique Cheesery and Clover SA with six each.