World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Competition Announces Hiland Dairy Products Among ‘Best of the Best’

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Hiland Dairy’s Strawberry Yogurt made in Wichita, Kansas, Whole Chocolate Milk made in Little Rock, Arkansas, Bulgarian Buttermilk made in Chandler, Oklahoma, Natural Sour Cream made in Norman, Oklahoma, Sassy Salsa Dip made in Omaha, Nebraska, and vanilla ice cream made in Tyler, Texas won first place, or “Best of the Best,” in the 2019 World Dairy Expo (WDE) Championship Dairy Contest. WDE is the only one of its kind in North America to include all dairy products. This year’s contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Dairy Products Assn. (WDPA), received a record 1,536 entries for cheese, butter, fluid milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, sour cream, sherbet, cultured milk, dips sour cream, whipping cream, whey and creative/innovative products from dairy processors across North America.

In addition to winning six “Best of the Best” awards, Hiland Dairy won four additional awards for sour cream dips, 2% white milk and low fat chocolate milk. See the full list at the end of this release.

“We are honored to have so many of our products and processing facilities recognized nationally,” said Rick Beaman, Vice President, Hiland Dairy Foods Company. “Our goal is to provide our customers with the tastiest, freshest and locally made dairy products. Being awarded several WDE awards supports this goal.

“This year’s competition was extremely successful, reflecting how strongly dairy processors have embraced this unique and special event,” said Brad Legreid, executive director of the Wisconsin Dairy Products Association, which organizes the annual dairy competition. World Dairy Expo Championship. “As the only dairy competition of its kind in the world, the dairy industry has quickly learned of the countless benefits that come from participating in the competition. Winning companies turn their success into unprecedented marketing and retail opportunities, while other companies receive valuable insights from the fifty highly trained sensory experts who judge their products. Everyone benefits from this contest, including 1st place winners, all participating businesses, food banks and university students pursuing dairy careers. This contest is a complete win-win for everyone in the dairy industry.

Judging took place August 20-22 at MATC Culinary Arts School in Madison, WI.

Hiland dairy processing plants that have received top honors include:

  • Hiland Dairy Products, Chandler, Oklahoma
    • First place for Bulgarian buttermilk (cultured milk category)
    • Second place for French Onion Dip (Sour Cream Dips category)
  • Hiland Dairy, Little Rock, Arkansas
    • First place for whole chocolate milk
    • Third place for 2% white milk
  • Hiland Dairy Products, Omaha, Nebraska
    • First place for sassy salsa dip
    • Third place for the Jalapeno dip
  • Hiland Dairy Products, Norman, Oklahoma
    • First place for natural sour cream
  • Hiland Dairy, Tyler, Texas
  • Hiland Dairy Products, Kansas City, Missouri
    • Second place for 2% low fat chocolate milk
  • Hiland Dairy Products, Wichita, Kansas
    • First place for strawberry yogurt
  • Other Hiland-owned factories that received awards include:
    • Belfonte Dairy, Kansas City, Missouri, top spot for low-fat blueberry yogurt

About Hiland Dairy Foods Company
Hiland Dairy, based in Springfield, Missouri, is a leading farmer-owned dairy company. Their popular products include ice cream, milk, butter, cheese and eggnog. Hiland Dairy has expanded beyond dairy and offers a wide variety of other beverages, such as Red Diamond tea, iced coffees, lemonade and fresh juices.

As a farmer-owned company, Hiland employs more than 2,500 people in Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. Hiland’s farmer-owners are just a few miles from Hiland’s processing plants where our fresh milk goes from farm to shelf in 48 hours. This fast process is environmentally friendly and gives the characteristic fresh taste to all Hiland products! Hiland strongly believes in community and is committed to our environment. Using environmentally friendly processes, Hiland continues to deliver healthy dairy products to a healthy world.

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