Setting its sights on a monumental Guinness World Record, Cabot Creamery Co-operative is joining forces with the Florida Strawberry Festival to create the largest strawberry yogurt smoothie of all time—a whopping 1,000 gallon smoothie—with proceeds from the event going to benefit United Food Bank of Plant City and Feeding Tampa Bay.
“The Florida Strawberry Festival is pleased to host Cabot’s Guinness World Records attempt to recapture the record by creating the World’s Largest Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie to benefit United Food Bank of Plant City and Feeding Tampa Bay,” said Paul Davis, Florida Strawberry Festival General Manager. “Featuring Florida strawberries in this world record attempt showcases our amazing 87th Annual Festival and brings more awareness to Plant City’s rightful claim as the ‘Winter Strawberry Capital of the World.’”
The Cabot Smoothie prep team lead by Cabot Chef Jimmy Kennedy will begin work on March 3, 2017 during the Florida Strawberry Festival—held March 2 through 12 in Plant City, FL, according to a press release. Their concoction will ultimately use more than 250 gallons of Cabot Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt—that’s more than 1,100 two-pound tubs for each of Cabot’s farm families—along with 2,000 pounds of fresh Florida strawberries, 3,375 pounds of ice, and 265 pounds of Cabot Whey protein powder.
“We are excited to attempt to establish a new Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Smoothie to benefit United Food Bank of Plant City and Feeding Tampa Bay,” said Roberta MacDonald, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Cabot Creamery Co-operative. “The 1,100 farm families who own Cabot Creamery are dedicated to supporting communities where we sell our dairy products, and raising money for United Food Bank of Plant City and Feeding Tampa Bay is one of the many ways our farm families give back to those in need.”
The team had previously set the Guinness World Records mark—with a 400+ gallon smoothie—in 2013 at the Bike Expo New York at Basketball City in New York City. The current record stands at 825 gallons.
"We are grateful to be the recipient for this record-breaking event with our partners at Cabot,” said Thomas Mantz, Executive Director of Feeding Tampa Bay. “The enormity of this record reminds us of the enormity of the hunger issue in our community, with 700,000 of our neighbors not having stable access to food. The fresh and healthy ingredients used in this smoothie are perfectly aligned with Feeding Tampa Bay’s goal to deliver more fresh, nutritious foods to those in need every year.”
This is the latest in a series of charity events in which Cabot has established Guinness World Records titles—including the largest grilled cheese sandwich (320 lbs), and the largest mac and cheese (2,469 lbs), titles that the company still holds.
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