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Kobus Mulder on Why the Klein River Cheese Grana Won 2014 SA Dairy Product of the Year

Cheeses of South AfricaKobus Mulder, author of Cheeses of South Africa, recently acted as chief judge in the annual Agri-Expo DuPont Qualité Awards 2014 in the category SA Dairy Product of the Year, pronouncing Klein River Cheese Grana the winner.

“The SA Dairy Championships draws the best dairy products of the country and it is usually a tough challenge to choose the best product in each class,” said Mulder, noting that “the Klein River Cheese Grana so impressed the judges with its great taste and typical texture that they were in total agreement that this was indeed Number 1.”

South African Cheese writes, “The Klein River Cheese Grana overwhelmed the judges with its typically strong, yet fruity and slightly sweet flavours and granular texture. Its smooth, natural rind is hard and thick, preserving this cheese well.”

This year 68 producers entered 821 products in the categories for butter, cheese, cottage cheese, yoghurt, flavoured milk, dairy dips, ice cream and dairy dessert. According to internationally experienced cheese judge, Ulf Mortensen, the general level of quality of the entries has improved since he last judged at the SA Dairy Championships in 2012. “The vast majority of samples were of reasonably good to very good quality,” he says. “My contribution would be to encourage cheese makers to make sure that a cheese is not simply good tasting, but in fact also attractive to look at. After all, consumers buy with their eyes first, then on account of smell and finally the taste.”

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