EDWARDSVILLE – A best-in-class cheeses tradition continues at Prairie Farms following a contest leading 13 awards presented to its plants at the 2020 National Milk Producers Cheese Contest held virtually on October 27th and 28th.
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Multiple dairy cooperatives submitted cheeses from plant locations in California, Illinois, and Wisconsin this year as they competed to be tops in 22 cheese categories.
Cheese entries were divided by classes and sent directly to NMPF judges. After all the votes were tallied, Prairie Farms won the most honors including six out of nine awards in the three cottage cheese categories and four 1st place finishes overall. Prairie Farms Cottage Cheese was particularly strong this year in the Reduced-Fat Cottage Cheese Category where Prairie Farms plants swept all three spots.
The Quincy, Illinois, plant took first place followed by Ft. Wayne, Indiana in second place and Carbondale, Illinois in third place. In the Regular Cottage Cheese Category, the Ft. Wayne plant won first place followed by Quincy in second place with 4% Cottage Cheese. In the Flavored Cottage Cheese Category, the Ft. Wayne team won 2nd place with Garden Veggie Flavored Cottage Cheese. Prairie Farms’ Cheese Divisions made strong showings in multiple cheese categories including a 1st and 2nd place in the Swiss Cheese Category by the Luana, Iowa team with Baby Swiss Wheel and Baby Swiss Loaf. The Rochester, Minnesota team took first place in the Processed American Plain Category with its American Plain cheese. In the Hard & Mold Ripened Italian Category, the Caves of Faribault Team in Faribault, Minnesota took second place with St. Pete’s Select® Blue Cheese. I
In the Open Class Cheese Category, the Luana team took second place with Cream Cheese Loaf. The Schullsburg, Wisconsin team achieved 2 nd place in the Medium Cheddar Category with Medium Cheddar Loaf. The Mindoro, Wisconsin team won third place with its Mindoro Collection Pasteurized Gorgonzola Wheel.
“It’s always a great honor for our plants to bring home so many cheese awards at NMPF given the competitive environment,” said Ed Mullins, CEO of Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.
“This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our dairy farmers and plants to provide and process quality milk into best-in-class cheeses.” The National Milk Producers Federation awards conclude another year of best-in-class wins for Prairie Farms cheeses including a first place finish and a Grand Championship with its Cream Cheese at the North Central Cheese Industries Contest. Prairie Farms’ Cheese Division, Caves of Faribault, won a Bronze Award in the Cow’s Milk Category with Felix® Blue Cheese at the Specialty Food Association’s 2020 sofi™ Awards. Since 1938, consumers have come to rely on the consistent quality of Prairie Farms dairy
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