April 1, 2019

Parmalat South Africa Cements its Position as the Big Cheese


Parmalat SA claims three coveted Qualité awards, 13 SA Champion accolades and 15 first prizes across dairy categories at the 2019 South African Dairy Championships.

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

The Parmalat products that claimed the prestigious Qualité Mark of Excellence included the 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 Parmalat’s Bonnievale Plant, while the other two are made at its Ladismith Plant.

Their Champion products included:

  • 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

The following Woolworths exclusive products also snatched Champion awards:

  • 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, Parmalat South Africa’s General Manager, praised the teams involved in making Parmalat’s quality range of products.

“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.”
Eugene Swarts, General Manager for Parmalat South Africa

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.