08 November 2021
Parmalat SA (PSA) wowed international cheese judges and won a gold and two bronze awards at the 2018 World Cheese Awards (WCA). PSA's Gold award was for its Président 12-month Mature Cheddar, while the two Bronze medals went to Parmalat Cheddar and the Woolworths 18-month Vintage Cheddar produced by Parmalat SA.
PSA bettered its performance at this year's event after only claiming one Silver and one Bronze award last year. This was the 31st annual WCA and the 2018-event was held in Norway for the first time. The 2018 WCA event was judged by a team of 235 judges from 41 different countries, and 3472 cheeses competed for the top prize that this year went to a Gouda-style cheese made on a small farm in Norway.
Cathy Eve, PSA Marketing Executive, has welcomed the WCA accolades for the three Parmalat Cheddars, saying these outstanding international results underline the quality of Parmalat's cheese range. "It is a clear indication of the high quality of our cheese range and the dedication and expertise of our teams. Parmalat remains committed to producing high quality dairy products and we are proud to also have this acknowledged by international cheese experts."
The international accolades follow after PSA rewrote local dairy history earlier this year by claiming the prestigious Product of the Year prize for the second year running at the annual SA Dairy Championship. PSA secured the 2018 Product of the Year award for the second consecutive year for its 10-month Mature Gouda, an aromatic and full-flavoured cheese produced for Woolworths. This achievement was the first of its kind for the 185-year-old event. At the 2018 SA Dairy Championship Parmalat SA triumphed across dairy classes by claiming seven Qualité* awards and an exceptional total of 15 SA Championship prizes. The SA Dairy Championship represents the entire South African dairy industry and is perceived as one of the top dairy competitions in the world.
* The Qualité award is South Africa's only officially acknowledged symbol of outstanding dairy quality and the following seven Parmalat products now carry the much desired Qualité black and gold emblem: Président Matured Gouda 6 Months, UHT Low Fat Milk, Medium Fat Yoghurt - Choc Chip, Medium Fat Yoghurt - Fruited Strawberry, as well as the following three cheeses produced for Woolworths: Matured Gouda 10 Months, Vintage Cheddar White, and Matured Gouda 20 Months.