SPRINGFIELD, Mo., September 12, 2019 / PRNewswire / – Hiland Dairy’s Strawberry Yogurt made in Wichita, Kansas, Whole chocolate milk made from Little Rock, Arkansas, Bulgarian buttermilk made in Chandler, Oklahoma, Natural sour cream made from Normand, 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 World Dairy Expo (WDE) Championship Dairy Contest. The WDE competition is the only one of its kind in North America which includes all dairy products. This year’s competition, 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, fermented milk, sour cream, whipping cream, whey and the creative / innovative products of dairy processors throughout North America.
In addition to winning six “Best of the Best” awards, Hiland Dairy took home four additional awards for sour cream dips, 2% white milk and reduced fat chocolate milk. See the full list at the end of this version.
âWe are honored that so many of our products and processing facilities are nationally recognized,â said Rick beaman, Vice President, Hiland Dairy Foods Company. âOur goal is to provide our customers with the tastiest, freshest and freshest dairy products. Being recognized by several WDE awards supports this goal. “
âThis year’s competition was a huge success, reflecting how dairy processors have come to embrace this unique and special event,â said Brad Legreid, executive director of the Wisconsin Dairy Products Association which hosts the annual World Dairy Expo Championship dairy competition. âAs the only dairy competition of its kind in the world, the dairy industry quickly understood the many benefits of participating in the competition. The 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. âEveryone benefits from this competition, including including 1st place winners, all participating companies, food banks and university students pursuing dairy careers. This competition is a complete win-win for everyone in the dairy industry. ”
The judgment took place on August 20-22 at the MATC Culinary Arts School in Madison, WI.
Top honors from Hiland dairy processing plants include:
- Hiland dairy, 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, Omaha, Nebraska
- First place for the sassy salsa dip
- Third place for Jalapeno Dip
- Hiland dairy, Normand, Oklahoma
- First place for natural sour cream
- Hiland dairy, Tyler, Texas
- First place for regular vanilla ice cream
- Hiland dairy, Kansas City, Missouri
- Second place for low fat 2% chocolate milk
- Hiland dairy, Wichita, Kansas
- First place for strawberry yogurt
- Other Hiland-owned factories receiving awards include:
- Belfonte dairy, Kansas City, Missouri, First place 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 drinks, such as Red Diamond Tea, iced coffees, lemonade and fresh fruit juices.
As a farmer-owned business, Hiland employs over 2,500 people across Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. Hiland’s farmer-owners are only a few miles from Hiland’s processing plants where our fresh milk goes from farm to shelf within 48 hours. This quick 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.
Learn more at www.HilandDairy.com
Kathy broniecki, APR
(402) 558-0637, ext. 107
SOURCE Hiland Dairy Foods Company