The QCS Purchasing Cooperative’s awards program recognizes its members and supply partners that go above and beyond their peers in a variety of categories. Recipients gain prestige within the organization and their service areas, highlighting their achievements in leadership, collaboration, quality, and marketing.
All of the awards are presented at the QCS Annual Conference and are based on the previous calendar year’s performance.
The QCS Leadership Awards recognize those member companies and supply partners that have been the most engaged and made significant contributions to the QCS community.
For the Member Companies Leadership Award, contributions are measured by the growth of total purchases through QCS programs and growth in the number of programs they participate in.
For the Supply Partner Leadership Award, contributions are measured by the QCS Program Scorecard, which includes, among other criteria, volume growth, member participation, innovation, quality, and service.
The QCS Best Collaboration Award honors initiatives that deliver excellence through the joint efforts of a member and supply partner working together to either solve a problem or achieve the desired outcome. All entries were jointly submitted by the member and supply partner who took part in the collaboration. View the attached brochure to learn more. The online submission form will be available shortly. Contact [email protected] with questions.
NEW Criteria for 2023! The QCS Supply Partner Marketing to QCS Member Award will honor marketing campaigns by supply partners specifically directed toward members. This award is open to a variety of initiatives, such as an introduction to members, a QCS program rebrand or re-launch, webinars,
podcasts, print collateral, social media campaigns, websites, etc. These awards are judged on merit by an independent panel of marketing experts so no matter how big or small your budget or audience, we invite you to enter the marketing campaigns you are proud of. View the Supply Partner Marketing to QCS Members flyer here for complete details. The online submission form will be available shortly. Contact [email protected] with questions.
The Irving B. Weber Award for Total Quality Excellence is our highest honor for plants participating in the QCS Dairy Quality Excellence Program and the finalist pool is comprised of plants that have won a Dairy Quality Excellence Award. The Irving B. Weber award recognizes the top-performing plant for superior product quality, as determined by scoring in the quality testing program, operational excellence as indicated by Global Food Safety Initiative audit standards, and outstanding employee safety practices. This plant stands out as having reached the goals to which all exceptional businesses aspire.
The winners of our Dairy Quality Excellence awards have shown an exceptional ability to navigate these obstacles while maintaining superior product quality in the categories of Fluid Milk, Extended Shelf Life (ESL) and Aseptic Milk, Cultured Products, and Ice Cream. QCS Dairy Quality Excellence Awards recognize the top-quality performers in the QCS Purchasing Cooperative’s Quality & Food Safety Program and is based on scores achieved in monthly product testing.
The Merit of Excellence Awards is presented in the following categories: fluid milk, ice cream, and cultured products. Because our Merit of Excellence Award compliance levels are well above industry standards, this creates a significant but rewarding challenge.
This annual contest takes place during the height of Egg Nog season in December. The evaluations were based on consumer preference and conducted by a diverse panel of individuals including the staff of Mérieux NutriSciences Lab. Scores were based on body, appearance, and flavor.
The QCS Quality & Food Safety Plant Assessment Awards are granted to participants that achieve a formal Quality and Food Safety Audit score of 96% or higher. These annual assessments are quite rigorous – some may say ‘brutal’ – and are conducted by an accredited, approved third-party food safety auditing firm. Plants receiving this award have demonstrated a level of organizational excellence and quality assurance that is not only commendable but also assures that QCS Members represent the highest standards in the industry.