National Milk Producers Federation’s annual event was the first cheese competition that utilized grading standards to improve cheese quality.
Source: DFA news release
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Five of Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.’s (DFA) cheese products recently earned recognition at the 2011 National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Championship Cheese Contest.The competition was held in conjunction with NMPF’s joint annual meeting with National Dairy Promotion and Research Board and United Dairy Industry Association.
NMPF’s contest serves as a platform for cooperatives from across the country to showcase their top products and recognize the individuals who make them. The annual event was the first cheese competition that utilized grading standards to improve cheese quality, and to display such quality in a competitive forum. This year’s competition drew nearly 150 entries, and cheese entered in the contest was served at a reception during the annual meeting.
“It is an honor to have our cheeses recognized among entries from such fine organizations,” said Mark Korsmeyer, president of DFA’s Global Dairy Products Group and executive vice president of DFA. “This recognition demonstrates that all plant employees are working hard to ensure excellence in our products every day.”
Awards were presented for the following products:
· Best Italian — DFA Provolone, New Wilmington, Pa.
· First Place, Soft Italian — DFA Provolone, New Wilmington, Pa.
· Second Place, Processed American Flavored — Borden® Cheese Singles Sensations Hickory Smoked Swiss, Plymouth, Wis.
· Second Place, Open Class — La Vaquita Queso Fresco Mexicano, Houston, Texas
· Third Place, Open Class — La Vaquita Queso Panela Fresca, Houston, Texas
Through GDPG, DFA produces retail cheese and butter, foodservice cheese and butter and a wide range of dairy protein ingredients. The cooperative’s consumer brands include Borden Cheese and Butter, Keller’s® Butter, Plugra® Butter and Cache Valley® Cheese, among others. GDPG also is a leading contract manufacturer of shelf-stable products for national and international food companies.