Entries are now open for the 2024 South African Dairy Championships, the 191st edition of the biggest, oldest, and most prestigious dairy event in the country.

The championships, hosted by Agri-Expo since 1834, annually attracts around 900 entries from large, medium, and small dairy manufacturers. These products compete for the esteemed titles of SA Champion, the Qualité Mark of Excellence, and the ultimate Product of the Year, awarded at the prestigious South African Dairy Awards.

The SA Dairy Championships consists of more than 100 classes for cheese, yoghurt, milk, cream, ice cream, butter, and other dairy products. Each class has a winning product that is awarded the title of SA Champion. The Qualité mark, recognised by the SA dairy industry as its only mark of excellence, is awarded only to select products of exceptional quality that have achieved a specific minimum mark on the international scorecard. The product that achieves the highest mark is crowned Product of the Year.

The purpose of the SA Dairy Championships is to recognise and promote excellence in the dairy industry, according to Breyton Milford, General Manager of Agri-Expo. “This championships has become the industry benchmark for dairy manufacturers to measure themselves against each other,” Milford says. “We are privileged to serve the dairy industry through this platform, which is made possible in collaboration with our platinum partners IMCD and DSM, as well as other partners.”


  • Entries open on Monday 15 January 2024 on the website: ENTER HERE
  • The closing date for entries is Monday 5 February 2024.
  • Judging takes place on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 March 2024 at Eensgezind outside Durbanville.
  • The SA Dairy Awards will be presented on Thursday 25 April 2024, also at Eensgezind.

For more information, call 021 863 1599 / 083 440 1628 or e-mail us.


Isabeau Botha
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