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Prairie Farms Takes Home 44 Awards at the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest; Rebecca Leinenbach Shares

Prairie Farms Takes Home 44 Awards at the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest; Rebecca Leinenbach Shares


EDWARDSVILLE, IL
Thursday, September 1st, 2022

Prairie Farms went into the 2022 World Dairy Expo (WDE) Championship Dairy Product Contest—and came out victorious. The dairy provider went head-to-head with over 80 other dairy companies, and its family of companies received 44 awards, making Prairie Farms the reigning contest champion.

Rebecca Leinenbach, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Prairie Farms“We are honored to receive the awards. They validate our commitment to our farmer-owners to turn their high-quality milk into the finest dairy products available,” said Rebecca Leinenbach, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Prairie Farms. “Our success as this year’s WDE top winning company demonstrates the strength of our farm-to-table network and the hard work of our farm families and team members. Once again, their effort delivered significant contest results, and we couldn’t be more proud.”

A record 1,560 entries were submitted to this year’s contest. The company’s final tally came in with 12 first-place wins, 11 second-place wins, 19 third-place wins, 1 Grand Champion win, and sweeping wins in several categories. Prairie Farms was unstoppable in four categories, claiming all top spots for:

  • Regular Cottage Cheese Awards: 1st Prairie Farms Quincy, IL; 2nd Prairie Farms Fort Wayne, IN; 3rd Prairie Farms Quincy, IL
  • Lowfat Cottage Cheese Awards: 1st Prairie Farms Quincy, IL; 2nd Belfonte, Kansas City, MO; 3rd Prairie Farms, Carbondale, IL
  • Blueberry Yogurt Category Awards: 1st Hiland Dairy, Wichita, KS; 2nd Belfonte, Kansas City, MO; 3rd Prairie Farms, Quincy, IL
  • Open Class Pasteurized Milk Awards: 1st Prairie Farms, Holland, IN; 2nd Hiland Dairy, Omaha, NE; 3rd Prairie Farms, Anderson, IN

Prairie Farms and its family of companies received 44 awards from the World Dairy Expo (WDE) Championship Dairy Product Contest

Hiland Dairy’s Chandler, Oklahoma, plant received the Grade A Grand Champion Award for its French Onion Dip. Other category wins included 15 fluid milk awards, 6 cheese awards, 6 cottage cheese awards, 6 yogurt awards, 3 sour cream dip awards, 4 whipping cream/half & half awards, 2 sour cream awards, and 1 ice cream award.

According to the release, the WDE Championship Dairy Product Contest is one of the country’s most prestigious dairy judging competitions held in the heart of the dairy country, Madison, Wisconsin. Judges spent three days sampling and tasting a variety of dairy products, with winners gaining the right to declare themselves among the best in North America.

Find the complete list of awards, along with descriptions and scores here.

Congratulations on the immense win!

Prairie Farms
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