Lake Country Dairy Mascarpone Named Top Cheese
Cello Mascarpone, a rich and creamy cheese made by Lake Country Dairy/Schuman Cheese, Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, was selected as the Cheese and Butter Grand Champion at the 2022 World Dairy Expo (WDE) Championship Dairy Product Contest.
A French Onion dip made by Hiland Dairy, Chandler, Oklahoma, was selected as the Grade A Grand Champion, and Chocolate Ice cream produced by Southeastern Grocers, Jacksonville, Florida, was the Ice Cream Grand Champion at this year’s contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Dairy Products Association (WDPA). This year’s contest received a record 1,560 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 was a record breaker, reflecting how much dairy processors have come to embrace this unique and special event,” says Brad Legreid, executive director, WDPA, which conducts the annual World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest. “As the only all-dairy product contest of its kind in the world, the dairy industry has quickly learned the myriad benefits accrued from participating in the contest. Winning companies parlay their success into unprecedented marketing and retail sales opportunities, while other companies receive valuable insights from the 50 highly-trained sensory experts who judge their 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.”
Judging was held Aug. 23-25 at the Madison College Culinary Arts School in Madison, Wisconsin.
On Oct. 4, the contest’s auction will be held at World Dairy Expo in Madison, at which time all category first-place winners will be auctioned off. A portion of the proceeds from the contest auction will be used to fund scholarships awarded annually to deserving students pursuing careers in the dairy industry.
For more information on the contest and auction, call 608-836-3336.
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Source: Cheese Market News