01 April 2019

Parmalat South Africa cemented its position as a Big Cheese in the South African dairy landscape by claiming three coveted Qualité awards, 13 SA Champion accolades and 15 first prizes across dairy categories at the 2019 South African Dairy Championships.

Winning products in each class are crowned SA Champions, while a select few are awarded the Qualité Mark of Excellence. The 2019 event’s 75 judges ranged from dairy technologists and cheese retailers to chefs.

The Parmalat products that claimed the prestigious Qualité mark of excellence are Président Extra Matured Cheddar (12 months), and two products made for Woolworths: Matured Gouda (10 months) and Extra Matured Cheddar (12 months). The Président cheese is made at PSA’s Bonnievale Plant, while the other two cheeses are made at its Ladismith Plant.

PSA’s SA Champion products are:

Président Brie Ready-to-Eat, Parmalat Matured Cheddar (6 months), Melrose Biltong Wedges, Steri Stumpie Plus Thick Chocolate Praline, Steri Stumpie Cream Soda, YogoFun Banana Custard Low Fat Drinking Yoghurt, and the following products made for Woolworths: Matured Gouda (10 months), Continental Extra Hard Cheese (Black Wax, 20 months), Real Vanilla Dairy Ice Cream, Soft Scoop Vanilla and Berry Flavoured Ice Cream, Matured Cheddar (4 months), Extra Matured Cheddar (12 months) and Feta Black Pepper.

Eugene Swarts, PSA’s General Manager, praised the teams involved in making Parmalat’s quality range of products and securing awards for products ranging from cheese and ice cream, to drinking yoghurt and flavoured milk. In addition, Parmalat claimed all top three prizes in the SA Dairy Champs category for Processed Cheese Single Portions with Melrose Biltong Wedges receiving the SA Champion title, and Melrose Cheddar Wedges in second and Melrose Sweetmilk Wedges in third place.

“Awards like these underline the fact that our products meet the highest standards and delight consumers. We are proud of our teams’ hard work and we salute their dedication and commitment to meeting the exceptional standards we set for ourselves.”

* Parmalat SA (Pty) Ltd.’s parent company is the French international dairy company Lactalis.