Rhodes Cheeses are the Champions of South Africa


Cheese South Africa

RFG Foods is waxing it where cheese is concerned. The Big Cheese this year is their Franschhoek Angelot, which not only won a coveted 2012 Qualité Award, but was voted the 2012 Product of the Year at the South African Dairy Championships.

Franschhoek Angelot, which is marketed in the Western Cape, Gauteng, KZN and the Eastern Cape (PnP) under the Portobello brand, shared the podium with another RFG Foods product, the Woolworths Ricotta, which also won a Qualité Award.

The group is justly proud to also have won five 1st prizes in the SA Championship 2012, two 2nd’s and three 3rd prizes.

South African Cheese
From Left: Emile Williams (logistics), Leonard Majampa (cheesemaker), Marlon Visagie (ass Cheesemaker), Tony Burns (gm)

In another big win, the group’s Assistant Cheese Maker Marlon Visagie was chosen from 28 candidates to attend the coveted cheese makers course in Burgundy in France, in September.

Cheese Products South Africa

From Left: Emile Williams (logistics), Leonard Majampa (cheesemaker), Johan Ehlers (agri Expo), Marlon Visagie (ass Cheesemaker), Tony Burns (gm

The South African Champions, all produced by RFG Foods, are:

  • Franschhoek Angelot Portobello – 1st
  • Ricotta Woolworths – 1st
  • Franschhoek White with Truffle Butter Woolworths – 1st
  • Duetto Fig and Pecan Nut Woolworths – 1st
  • Bocconcini – Woolworths – 1st
  • Franschhoek White Portobello – 2nd
  • Duetto Apricot and Almond Portobello – 2nd
  • Provolone Portobello – 3rd
  • Taleggio Portobello – 3rd
  • Duetto Apple Prune Portobello – 3rd

Being the Big Cheese of South Africa

A Qualité Award is a symbol of outstanding quality for dairy products and is only awarded to South African Dairy Champions, which have obtained specific points on the international scorecard. The first objective is to reward manufacturers who have achieved outstanding quality in their products and secondly, to make these products recognisable to the client in the trade.

Only a very limited number of products obtain the prestigious Qualité Award during the annual South African Dairy Championships. These products are then allowed to display the distinctive logo on the awarded products for the ensuing year.

The judging took place in March at the annual South African Dairy Championships, and the awards dinner was staged in Stellenbosch at the end of April.