Parmalat quality reigns supreme
Parmalat has cemented its position as South Africa’s top performing dairy producer with its overall best performance at the 2012 SA Dairy Championships, an event at which the industry recognises and awards the country’s top dairy products. Parmalat secured no less than six coveted Qualité and 11 SA Championships awards at the 2012 event, sweeping the board with its matured cheeses, claiming the most awards and paying homage to Parmalat’s dairy prowess and its commitment to quality.
The Qualité award is South Africa’s only officially acknowledged symbol of outstanding dairy quality and the following Parmalat products will soon be sporting the much desired Qualité black and gold emblem:
Simonsberg Matured Cheddar, Parmalat Extra Matured Cheddar, Parmalat Vintage Cheddar, Simonsberg Traditional Cream Cheese, as well as the Parmalat-produced Woolworths Farmhouse Cheddar and Woolworths Vintage Cheddar.
With its haul of six Qualité awards Parmalat secured double the number awarded to its closest rival. Parmalat’s 2012 performance ensured that it was once again the overall top performer at this annual event that serves as a benchmark for South African dairy quality.
Parmalat’s 11 SA Championship dairy product winners are:
Parmalat Extra Matured Cheddar; Parmalat Pizza Mozzarella; Simonsberg Cambrieni; Simonsberg Simonzola; Simonsberg Baby Gouda; Aylesbury Gelato Rum & Raisin Ice Cream; Melrose Cheese Spread – Bacon; Woolworths - Salted Butter; Woolworths - Garlic Butter, and Woolworths - Vintage Gouda.
*The 786 entries for the 2012 Championship were judged by more than 40 national and international experts. The SA Dairy Championship is the country’s largest dairy competition and Agri-Expo has been presenting it since 1834.
Parmalat takes top honours in SA Dairy Champs
The annual SA Dairy Championships is a prestigious event that serves as benchmark for South African dairy quality and Parmalat has been the top performer at this event since 2005.
Parmalat SA again secured top honours in 2011 as the overall best performer at the South African Dairy Championships. Parmalat also bettered its 2010-performance by securing 12 South African Champion accolades and three Qualité awards at this year’s awards ceremony. The company’s 2011-results are testament to the company’s commitment to dairy quality and innovation.
The Qualité Award is the only recognised symbol of outstanding dairy product quality in South Africa and to a consumer this award means that they are buying the very best product of its kind available in South Africa, one that is on par with international best standards. A Qualité is only awarded to South African Dairy Champions which have obtained a specific minimum point on the international scorecard.
Parmalat scoops coveted awards
Parmalat SA was the top performer in this coveted category with Qualité awards given to Aylesbury Royalty Stracciatella in the Dairy Ice Cream with Condiments category, as well as two more Qualité awards for Parmalat’s Matured Cheddar (6 to 9 months) and Extra Matured Cheddar (10 to 18 months).
Parmalat claimed first class Dairy Championship winners in the following categories:
Dairy Ice Cream with condiments for Aylesbury Royalty Stracciatella;
Ice Cream with condiments for Aylesbury Gelato Rum & Raisin;
Baby Gouda for Parmalat;
Matured Gouda for Simonsberg;
Matured Cheddar (matured 6 to 9 months) for Parmalat;
Extra Matured Cheddar (matured 10 to 18 months) for Simonsberg;
Vintage Cheddar (minimum age: 18 months) for Parmalat;
Brie without Condiments for Simonsberg;
Bloomy Rind for Simonsberg Cambrieni;
Fresh Cheese for Simonsberg Cream Cheese portions with salmon;
Cheese spread for Parmalat Cheddar, and
Salted Butter for Bonnita.
Simonsberg Creamy Blue wows international experts
Simonsberg’s Speciality Blue Mould Department was awarded a Bronze Medal in the Blue Veined Cheese category with their Creamy Blue entry at the 2010 World Cheese Awards in Birmingham, England.
Considering the enormity of the competition with entrants from more than 2600 different cheeses from 28 nations this is a significant achievement by the team. The awards were judged by 200 international cheese experts.
All Creamy Blue cheese produced in Stellenbosch under the Simonsberg brand is handmade and takes an intensive 3-month journey from milk to the final product. The cheesemaking team nurtures and guides every batch of cheese to ensure the optimum mould development and to guarantee the correct flavour and taste profile.