Rogue Creamery is once again expanding its trophy case. The artisan cheesemaker has garnered a prestigious new recognition this month as it was awarded the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Processing and Manufacturing.
“To receive an award like this reaffirms our dedication to producing cheese using the most sustainable processes. It keeps inspiring us to push the boundaries of what can be done,” said Rogue Creamery President David Gremmels. “It’s a huge honor to be leaders in sustainable dairy farming in the United States.”
The awards program is hosted by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, according to a company release, which was established solely under the leadership of dairy farmers and companies. For an entire decade, the organization has honored award recipients for their unwavering commitments to sustainability in the dairy industry. This award aligns clearly with Rogue Creamery’s mission: People Dedicated to Sustainability, Service, and the Art and Tradition of Creating the World’s Finest Handmade Cheese.
The company became a certified B Corporation in 2014, and since 2017, has consistently ranked in the top 10 percent of B Corps worldwide for its impact on the planet and people, the release noted.
Fortifying its commitment to sustainable practices, Rogue Creamery has reduced its packaging waste, installed solar panels in its facilities, and developed a unique employee commuter program. The company has also advanced its efforts to relieve hunger and increase access to education supporting sustainable agriculture through giving campaigns, sponsorships and food drives, and team volunteer days. Through its innovative Cheese is Love campaign, the provider has donated more than 3,500 pounds of cheese to residents in Southern Oregon who were impacted by the wildfires in September 2020.
Rogue Creamery’s delicious cheeses have garnered multiple awards, including Grand Champion at the World Cheese Awards and the Organic Commitment honor in the Whole Foods Market Annual Supplier Awards.
“The food industry is a challenging environment with an ever-changing landscape. It takes passion, energy, awareness of food safety, and a high level of professional business skills to understand, create, and adapt,” said Cathy Strange, Vice President of Specialty, Product Development, and Innovation at Whole Foods Market. “My experiences with Rogue Creamery and their owners and employees is that they are committed to represent themselves, the dairy community, and United States artisan cheesemakers at the highest level.”
Congratulations to Rogue Creamery on this exciting new milestone! Deli Market News will keep our eyes to the newswire for more updates on the dairy, deli, and specialty sectors.