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Prairie Farms Hauls Home Awards from Dairy Competitions

Prairie Farms awards for webPrairie Farms Dairy took home dozens of awards from the 2017 World Dairy Expo Product Competition. The awards ceremony was held on October 3 at the 2017 World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.

Prairie Farms competed in nearly 30 categories and won 40 awards. The awards included 14 first place championship trophies, 11 second place medallions, and 15 third place medallions. The big win included six perfect scores for salted caramel milk, sea salt caramel milk, white milk (two trophies), chocolate milk and whipping cream. Prairie Farms swept the competition in three categories: southwest dip, low-fat chocolate milk, and fat-free chocolate milk.

“To earn prestigious World Dairy Expo Awards, a dairy company must offer top-quality products. Prairie Farms competed in 27 categories and won 40 awards, that’s nearly 50 percent of total category awards and more than any of our competitors. Our performance was outstanding in all categories,” said Rebecca Leinenbach, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Prairie Farms. “We serve millions of customers each day who deserve the highest quality products available, and during the past 75 years they have counted on Prairie Farms’ commitment to delivering the best of the best from our farms to their tables.”

The World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Dairy Products Association, is the only judging contest of its kind in North America. More than 1,200 products were entered from all over the country in 79 contest classes, including cheese, fluid milk, yogurt, butter, sour cream, dairy dips, ice cream, cottage cheese and whey products.

Prairie Farms results from 2017 state fair competitions in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky were equally impressive. Over 150 red, white and blue ribbons were awarded in numerous categories. New this year for Prairie Farms were entries in the Illinois State Fair Cheese Competition where the company’s cheese division won blue ribbons for cream cheese, blue cheese, and gorgonzola. The Missouri win included five blue rosette ribbons, which are the highest-ranking ribbons, for sour cream, ice cream, yogurt, fat-free milk and iced coffee. In Kentucky, six gold medals were awarded for butter, cottage cheese, chocolate milk, buttermilk, low-fat and reduced-fat milk.

United Fresh Winter Meeting to Transition to Fresh Start Foundation Annual Conference

The United Fresh Start Foundation will become the host event in January 2018 for both the association’s and foundation’s traditional winter leadership meetings.

“With the growing importance of the United Fresh Start Foundation’s work to increase children’s access to fresh produce, we wanted to create a new annual platform focused on the impact we’re having in communities across the country, to recognize our donors and supporters, and to work together to advance this critical mission,” said United Fresh Chairman of the Board Susan Reimer-Sifford, General Manager of CC Kitchens for Castellini Companies.

The United Fresh Start Foundation Annual Conference January 16-18 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California, will feature a new half-day program focused on growing access to fresh fruits and vegetables; all of United’s traditional volunteer leadership board, council and committee meetings; the Foundation’s annual fundraising golf tournament, a new silent/live auction, and the organization’s annual gala dinner recognizing the recipient of United’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.

“As Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, I’m excited to add this third leg to United Fresh events through the year – complementing United’s Washington Conference focused on public policy issues, and the Annual Convention and Expos focused on expanding the fresh foods marketplace and technology innovations,” said Phil Muir, President and CEO, Muir Copper Canyon Farms. “This annual platform will bring the industry together to focus on how we can fundamentally change the way the next generation connects with fresh produce from their earliest years to become lifelong consumers,” he said.
In order to maximize participation in the conference and gala dinner, registration for the entire event is open to all United Fresh members for a modest $200, with a non-member rate of $400. Participation in the United Fresh Start Foundation Golf Tournament is set at $300 per player.

“I can’t think of a more important cause to support, nor a nicer place to be than San Diego in January,” said Reimer-Sifford. “We invite members from across the industry as well as all of our volunteer leaders to join us for a little fun-in-the-sun to support a great cause!”

Registration for all events opens November 6.

Donate to Help Those Affected by California Wildfires

The Bellwether Farms Foundation has established a grant to help those affected by the recent fires in California. 
 
Bellwether Farms Foundation is matching your donations up to $25,000. For every dollar you give, the foundation will double it, up to a total of $50,000. Together, the gift will go to organizations providing direct assistance to northern California  communities through food donations and the support they need now and for the long recovery ahead. The organizations receiving support will include the Redwood Empire Food Bank which is highly-ranked in Charity Navigator for its impact, governance and transparency.
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