Parmalat won two prizes at the prestigious 2017 World Cheese Awards (WCA) in London where more than 3000 cheeses from across the world were judged. Parmalat’s 20-month aged Mature Gouda made for Woolworths was awarded a silver medal, while Parmalat’s Medium Cheddar won a bronze award.
This international nod of approval for Parmalat’s Matured Gouda produced for Woolworths follows after it was also named as the South African Product of the Year at this year’s SA Dairy Championships. The cheese is an aromatic and full-flavoured cheese.
Parmalat also excelled in the rest of the 2017 SA Dairy Championship competition by winning four coveted Qualité Mark of Excellence awards and 11 SA Champion prizes. The Championship represents the entire South African dairy industry and is perceived as one of the top dairy competitions in the world. Three of PSA’s Qualité award winners are produced at its Ladismith Plant: the Simonsberg Matured Gouda, Parmalat Matured Cheddar, and the Matured Gouda (maximum age 12 months) produced for Woolworths. The fourth PSA product claiming a Qualité award is the Woolworths Vintage Cheddar (minimum age 18 months) produced at the Parmalat Bonnievale Plant.
Commenting on the World Cheese Awards results Cathy Eve, Parmalat SA’s marketing executive, says ‘Parmalat is immensely proud of the team of cheese makers in our business who consistently produce such high quality cheeses. To win local accolades in the form of Qualité awards is very important and to have the same product recognised internationally is a testament to the high level of expertise in the South African industry.’
This year was the 30th time the annual WCA event took place and the international entries were adjudicated by 230 judges. Cornish kern, a British cheese, was crowned as the overall World Champion Cheese.