All dairy producers are invited to enter the 2020 South African Dairy Championships, 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 manufacturers. These dairy products compete for the esteemed titles of SA Champion, the Qualité mark of excellence and the ultimate Product of the Year, awarded at the glamorous Agri-Expo Qualité Awards Dinner hosted at the Stellenbosch Town Hall.

According to chief judge Alan Fourie, the purpose of the championships is to recognise and promote excellence in the dairy industry. “The SA Dairy Championships is one of the few in the world that uses five judges per category and has become the benchmark for producers to measure themselves against each other,” Fourie says.

The championships consists of more than 100 classes for cheese, yoghurt, milk, cream, ice cream, butter and other dairy products. The winners in each of the classes are crowned SA Champions, whereas only products of exceptional quality are awarded the Qualité mark, recognised by the industry as the only mark of exceptional quality for dairy products in South Africa. After the first round of judging by more than 70 judges, a panel of five specialists determine the Product of the Year.

Any dairy producer with products available in the trade may enter. Online entries for the 2020 championships opens on Monday 6 January 2020 on the website The closing date for entries is Thursday 6 February 2020. Judging takes place on Thursday 27 February 2020. The Agri-Expo Qualité Awards Dinner will be presented on Thursday 26 March 2020 at the Stellenbosch Town Hall. The SA Dairy Championships and the Qualité Awards are made possible in collaboration with platinum partner Synercore and other partners. For more information, visit, or contact Agri-Expo at 021-975 4440 or [email protected].