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Quality, Marketing, Collaboration, and Leadership Awards

QCS Purchasing Cooperative and Quality Chekd Dairies Award Winners

QCS Purchasing Cooperative and Quality Chekd Dairies, Inc., wrapped up their annual three-day QCS Leadership Conference on Thursday, October 28, 2021 with an online awards presentation that recognized excellence in leadership, exceptional marketing, best collaborative efforts, and outstanding production and product quality. All QCS members and supply partners were eligible to participate. Congratulations to all the winners!
Read the attached award winner press release here.
View a PDF of all the award winners here.

Leadership Awards
The QCS Leadership Awards recognize the member companies and supply partners that, over the previous calendar year, have done the most to support the vision of QCS Purchasing. The 2021 QCS Leadership Awards were awarded to:
Cargill Sweeteners, Minneapolis, Minnesota (QCS supply partner)
Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company, Madison, Wisconsin (QCS member)
Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Reston, Virginia (QCS member)

Best Collaboration Award
The QCS Best Collaboration Award celebrates partnerships between a member and a supply partner to solve a problem or achieve the desired outcome and is applicable to a variety of joint efforts such as a new packaging innovation, a new product launch, a cost-saving effort, or an operational improvement. The 2021 QCS Best Collaboration Award was given to the member company and supply partner company whose joint collaboration resulted in an optimized printed packaging portfolio:
Galliker Dairy Company, Johnstown, Pennsylvania (QCS member)
Sourcewurx, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin (QCS supply partner)

Outstanding Marketing Awards
The QCS Outstanding Marketing Awards honor industry member and supply partner organizations whose creative integrated marketing campaigns have stood out and earned attention in the ever-changing food and beverage industry. QCS awarded Outstanding Marketing Awards to the following winners:
W.W. Grainger, Lake Forest, Illinois (QCS Supply Partner)
Hiland Dairy Foods Company, Springfield, Missouri (QCS member)

QUALITY CHEKD DAIRIES AWARDS:
Dairy Quality Excellence Awards
Quality Chekd Dairy Quality Excellence Awards recognize the member company plants that achieved the top score through the Quality Chekd Compliance Program in the categories of Fluid Milk, Extended Shelf Life and Aseptic Milks, Cultured Products, and Ice Cream.
The 2021 Quality Chekd Dairy Quality Excellence Award for the Fluid Milk category was given to:
Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc., Anderson, Indiana

There was a three-way tie for the 2021 Quality Chekd Dairy Quality Excellence Award for Extended Shelf Life and Aseptic Milks category. The awards were given to:
Alquería Dairy, Cajicá, Colombia
Alquería Dairy, Medellín, Colombia
Meijer Dairy, Tipp City, Ohio

The 2021 Quality Chekd Dairy Quality Excellence Award for the Cultured Products category was given to:
Umpqua Dairy Products Company, Roseburg, Oregon

The 2021 Quality Chekd Dairy Quality Excellence Award for the Ice Cream category was given to:
Lochmead Dairy, Junction City, Oregon

Merit of Excellence Awards
The Quality Chekd Merit of Excellence Awards recognizes individual plants of member companies that consistently achieve high-quality standards as measured by monthly testing at the Mérieux NutriSciences/Quality Chekd Laboratory in Fluid Milk, Cultured Products, and Ice Cream. The following member company plants earned 2021 Quality Chekd Merit of Excellence Awards for Fluid Milk:
Hiland Dairy Foods Company, Kansas City, Missouri
Oakhurst Dairy, Portland, Maine
Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc., Anderson, Indiana
Prairie Farms Dairy Inc., Rockford, Illinois
Umpqua Dairy Products Company, Roseburg, Oregon

The following member company plants earned 2021 Quality Chekd Merit of Excellence Awards for Cultured Products:
Belfonte Ice Cream & Dairy Foods Company, Kansas City, Missouri
Hiland Dairy Foods Company, Norman, Oklahoma
Hiland Dairy Foods Company, Tyler, Texas
Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc., Quincy, Illinois
Umpqua Dairy Products Company, Roseburg, Oregon

The following member company plants earned 2021 Quality Chekd Merit of Excellence Awards for Ice Cream:
Belfonte Ice Cream & Dairy Foods Company, Kansas City, Missouri
Hiland Dairy Foods Company, Springfield, Missouri
Hiland Dairy Foods Company, Tyler, Texas
Lochmead Dairy, Junction City, Oregon
Umpqua Dairy Products Company, Roseburg, Oregon

Plant Assessment Awards
The Quality Chekd Plant Assessment Awards recognize individual plants of member companies that achieve a formal quality and food safety audit score of 96% or higher through the Quality Chekd Compliance Program. A total of 36 member company plants earned the 2021 Quality Chekd Plant Assessment Award. View the complete list of winning plants here.

Orange Juice Product Excellence Award
The Quality Chekd Orange Juice Product Excellence Award recognizes the member company that earns the top score for orange juice flavor based on USDA standards for orange juice from concentrate. The 2021 Orange Juice Product Excellence Award was given to:
Hiland Dairy Foods Company, Little Rock, Arkansas

Eggnog Excellence Award
The Quality Chekd Eggnog Excellence Award recognizes the member company that earns the top score for regular eggnog and lite eggnog through the Quality Chekd “Nog Off” Contest. Eggnog samples are evaluated and scored based on consumer preference with respect to sensory perceptions of appearance, body, texture, and flavor. The 2021 Eggnog Excellence Award for regular and lite eggnog was given to:
Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Reston, Virginia (Regular Egg Nog)
Royal Crest Dairy, Denver, Colorado (Lite Egg Nog)



Championship Dairy Product Contest Winners

QCS Members Among Top Grand Champion Winners in National Product Contest
Numerous QCS member products were awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd place honors in the 2021 World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Products Contest. This year’s contest, sponsored and conducted by the Wisconsin Dairy Products Association (WDPA), received a near-record number of entries (1,400) for cheese, butter, fluid milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, sour cream, sherbet, cultured milk, sour cream dips, whipping cream, whey, and other creative/innovative products from dairy processors throughout North America, WDPA said. Judging was held on Aug. 17-19 at the MATC Culinary Arts School in Madison, Wis.

Congratulations to the following QCS member Grand Champions:

  • Grade A Grand Champion: Regular Small Curd Cottage Cheese, Prairie Farms Dairy, Carbondale, IL
  • Ice Cream Grand Champion: Vanilla Bean, Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, Madison, WI

For a complete list of 2021 Contest Winners click here. Congratulations to all the award winners!


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