Klein River Cheese Brings Home GOLD And 3 SILVERS At World Cheese Awards 2021
Standing out from the crowd 4079 entries were judged at the city’s awe-inspiring Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos, and impressing some of the world’s leading experts, Klein River Gruberg Mature collected a gold medal, and the award for best South African cheese on show.
Furthermore, Klein River Cheese scooped 3 coveted silver medals for its Gruberg Vintage, Raclette and Overberg respectively.
With 45 nations represented at the World Cheese Awards this year, Klein River Cheese has gained an internationally recognised seal of approval from a truly global cheese event.
Raymond Siebrits, Klein River Cheese Director had this to say:
“It was as always a great honor to take part in these prestigious awards. The opportunity and exposure afforded to us as participants is insurmountable and adds great value to our brand with both our local customers, as well as the international community.
At Klein River Cheese we are fierce warriors for sustainable living. We live to inspire a working environment in which people and the planet thrive, enjoying business success whilst ensuring we leave a sustainable legacy for future generations.
Aside from mobilising the green community, another unshakeable commitment of ours is to support local.
The growth and future of the South African economy is in our hands, and it is now more important than ever to support our fellow South Africans. We are just one of the many proudly South African brands who have come out tops in an international playing field and we are avid supporters of our incredible local and lekker SA businesses.
Thank you to the Guild of Fine Food for making this event possible and supporting our industry worldwide.
To our dedicated Klein River Cheese team, none of this is possible without you. It is our love and passion together that has made this dream come true and crafted a bright future for the Klein River Cheese brand.
And to our loyal customers, clients, partners and friends, we are continually humbled, blessed and grateful for your endless support. We will continue to make proudly local artisan cheese and fly the South African flag high”
The competing cheeses represented 45 different countries, including recent additions such as India, Guatemala, Japan and Colombia, as well as established cheesemaking nations such as France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
All entries were judged in a single day, as 250 experts from 38 different countries considered their appearance, texture, aroma and flavour. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Super Gold accolades were awarded during the morning session, before the Super Golds were reassessed to find this year’s Top 16. The International Super Jury, featuring the great and good of the global cheese community, then debated the best cheeses on the planet in front of a live audience, before crowning this year’s World Champion Cheese.
Our internationally recognised, artisan cheese is available in top kitchens, leading retailers and the finest delis across South Africa and Namibia. Alternatively visit our online store for a quick and efficient online shopping experience with nationwide delivery. For the ultimate cheese experience, sign up for our exciting new Cheese Of The Month Club and get the best of Klein River Cheese and a selection of other local produce delivered to your door every month.