Product Of The Year Takes SA Dairy Championships To New Heights


Marcel’s Frozen Yoghurt scooped away top honours from all cheeses, butters, ice creams and milk by winning the prestigious 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 on Wednesday 22 April 2015.


“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.

For 25 years Marcel’s has been a favourite amongst South Africans, with an extensive range of products, Marcel’s has swirled its way into the hearts of thousands of customers with their award-winning products across South Africa, as well as in Botswana & the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The first shop opened in the picturesque town of Stellenbosch, in the heart of the South African Winelands.

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.

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. Ninety five of these products were awarded South African Champions and twelve received the Qualité award.

Qualité is the mark of excellence for dairy products in South Africa and twelve products received the award this year.  They are as follows:

  • 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
  • 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.

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Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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