Hiland Dairy Foods Company, a leading farmer-owned dairy producer, is pleased to announce that the company received 16 awards in dairy product categories during the 2018 World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest.
Hiland won all three awards in the cultured milk category for 1 percent Buttermilk (Norman, Oklahoma production), Cultured Milk (Memphis, Tennessee production) and Bulgarian Buttermilk (Fort Smith, Arkansas production). The dairy also won four awards for dips and sour cream produced at the Omaha, Nebraska plant.
“We are honored to have so many of our products and processing facilities recognized at a national level,” said Rick Beaman, vice president, Hiland Dairy Foods Company. “We always want to provide the freshest, best-tasting dairy for our customers. Being recognized with multiple WDE awards supports that goal.”
This year’s contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Dairy Products Assn., received a near-record number of 1,402 entries for cheese, butter, fluid milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, sour cream, sherbet, cultured milk, sour cream dips, whipping cream, whey and creative/innovative products from dairy processors throughout North America. “This year’s contest has once again surpassed all expectations,” says Brad Legreid, executive director, Wisconsin Dairy Products Association, which conducts the annual World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest. “As the only dairy product contest of its kind, this special event promotes the entire dairy industry and its wide spectrum of nutritious and flavorful dairy products. Everyone benefits from this contest, including the first place winners, all participating companies, food banks and college students pursuing dairy careers. This contest is a complete win-win for everyone in the dairy industry.”