Taking home one award is surely something to celebrate. Taking home 47, on the other hand, is an accomplishment that cannot be ignored. Prairie Farms recently received 47 awards at this year’s World Dairy Expo (WDE) Championship Dairy Produce Contest. Garnering 18 percent of the total awards given, the dairy maven received a bevy of accolades, including the top honor of Grade A Grand Champion for Regular Small Curd Cottage Cheese.
“Earning the right to market our products as ‘Best of the Best’ is an important recognition. The awards are indicative of the tireless efforts of our 700-plus farm families and 7,800 team members to produce the highest quality dairy products available. Our consistent commitment to excellence has positioned our farmer-owned cooperative as an industry leader for 83 years,” said Rebecca Leinenbach, Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “We surpassed the number of WDE awards we brought home in 2019 by 52 percent, and we’re excited to share our success with our customers.”
The contest, which is held in Madison, Wisconsin, is one of the country’s most coveted dairy competitions. During the event, Prairie Farms and its family of companies won 15 first place championship trophies, 19 second place medallions, and 13 third place medallions, including six near-perfect scores, according to a press release.
Prairie Farms took top honors in the Swiss Styles category, with its Swiss Cheese earning second place in the category. Luana’s Havarti earned third place in the Brick, Muenster, Havarti category and a first-place win for Cream Cheese in the Plain Cream Cheese category. The company’s Shullsburg Creamery took first place with Cranberry Chipotle Cheddar in the Flavored Natural Cheeses category and third place for Bourbon Barrel Smoked Cracked Peppercorn Cheddar in the Smoked Flavored Natural Cheese category, as noted in the release, and its Caves of Faribault division took second place in the Blue Veined Cheeses category with St. Pete’s Select® Blue Cheese.
Prairie Farms also garnered several awards in the milk categories, with a sweeping win for Prairie Farms in the UHT Milk & Aseptic Milk category with first, second, and third place awards for Whole Milk, and 2% Milk from its plants in Granite City, Illinois, and Battle Creek, Michigan. It also was awarded first place with Whole Buttermilk in the Cultured Milk category, first place with 2% Chocolate Milk in the Lowfat Chocolate Milk 2% category, and third place for Whole Chocolate Milk in the Whole Chocolate Milk category.
The dairy provider’s Small Curd Cottage Cheese from its Carbondale, Illinois, plant won first place and a grand championship in the Regular Cottage Cheese category, with its 4% Cottage Cheese from the Quincy, Illinois, plant following close behind in second place. The company’s Small Curd Lowfat Cottage Cheese also took home a fist place award in the Lowfat and No Fat Cottage Cheese category, with Lowfat 2% Cottage Cheese from its Hiland Dairy’s Chandler, Oklahoma, plant taking second place in the same category.
The supplier’s impressive 47 awards also include wins in the yogurt, sour cream, dips, whipping cream, and ice cream categories. To see a full list of the company’s wins, click here.
Excited to see what other impressive accomplishments we’ll see in the dairy sector? Keep an eye out for Deli Market News as we report.