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DuPont Qualité Awards celebrates South Africa’s dairy

Marcel’s Frozen Yoghurt scooped away top honours from all cheeses, butters, ice creams and milk by winning the title of the 2015 South African Dairy Product of the Year for their Woolworth’s Tropical Fruit Frozen Yoghurt.  This was announced at the DuPont Qualité Awards Dinner at Grand West Casino this April.

“It is the first time since the inception of the Qualité Awards in 2001 that a frozen yoghurt achieved this accolade”, says Johan Ehlers, CEO of Agri-Expo and organisers of the SA Dairy Championships.  “What makes this award so special is that it was achieved in a year with a record number of 879 entries from 80 producers,” said Ehlers.

61 judges, consisting of sensory evaluators, manufacturers, chefs and food writers had a challenging task to judge 879 products in the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 11 March 2015. 95 of these products were awarded South African Champions and 12 received the Qualité award. 

For 25 years Marcel’s has been a favourite amongst South Africans, as well as with those in Botswana and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Its first shop opened in in the wineland’s town of Stellenbosch.

According to the manufacturers: Marcel’s frozen yoghurt is infused with probiotics, enabling their customers to enjoy their favourite treat with a healthy benefit. Additionally, the fat content of Marcel’s frozen yoghurt has been reduced from 5% to 2.4% in selected products, creating a delectable, low fat product made with natural fruit syrups and flavourings that is as good for you as it tastes.

‘Qualité’ is said to be the mark of excellence for dairy products in South Africa. 12 products received the award this year: Baby Gouda from Ladismith Cheese, Karoo Crumble from Langbaken Karoo Cheese, Renosterbos Estate from Foxenburg Estate, Food Lover’s Market Low Fat Butter Toffee Flavoured Milk from Fairfield Dairy, Woolworths Tropical Fruit Frozen Yoghurt from Marcel’s Frozen Yoghurt,  Huguenot matured for 12 months from Dalewood Fromage, Lanquedoc from Dalewood Fromage, Woolworths Cream Cheese Roulade from Fairview Cheese Company, Woolworths Chevin with Garlic & Herbs from Fairview Cheese Company, Salmon Flavoured Low Fat Cream Cheese from Parmalat SA, Simonsberg Low Fat Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese from Parmalat SA and Woolworths Matured White Cheddar 18 months old from Parmalat SA. 

“We are very proud to once again sponsor the Qualité Awards, celebrating excellence in the dairy sector. It was very gratifying to learn that last year, more than a third of the Qualité Award winners chose to use ingredients from the DuPont™ Danisco® range in their entries, and this year the level of innovation is higher than ever,” says Kieran Quinn, Sub-Saharan Africa Sales Director, DuPont Nutrition & Health.