Lactalis South Africa’s 18-months Mature Cheddar, made especially for Woolworths. Was crowned the Dairy Product of the Year at the 189th South African Dairy Awards on Friday 25 March 2022 at Cavalli Estate outside Stellenbosch.
The Cheddar, a full-rounded cheese with a nutty and slightly piquant flavour, was one of 920 dairy products from 68 producers that vied for the attention of a team of 60 judges. From the high number of entries, a total of 26 were honoured with the Qualité mark of excellence (full list of the crème de la crème below), and 105 – the winners in each championships class – were named SA Champion.
“For a product to be chosen as Product of the Year in a competition of this nature is the dream of every dairy producers,” says dairy expert and chief judge Alan Fourie. “The Woolworths 18-months Mature Cheddar truly is an exceptional product worthy of this accolade.”
Alban Damour, GM: Lactalis Southern Africa, says his cheese team is delighted at having the quality of their products recognised for the third year running. “Our cheese team is once again credited for their expertise and passion and for their products that are on par with the best across the world and loved by South African consumers.
“We are proud of our long-standing business partnership with Woolworths, a business that values quality as much as we do. Lactalis SA also appreciates the work Agri-Expo does to recognise and celebrate the local dairy industry.”
The SA Dairy Awards can still be viewed at www.cheesesa.co.za/sa-dairy-awards.