Idaho Milk Products took first and second place awards at the 20th U.S. Championship Cheese Contest held at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin on March 7, 2019. Products were judged on technical merits, with deductions for flavor and mouthfeel.
The 1st place, “Best of Class” award was bestowed for their Milk Protein Isolate. Meanwhile, Idaho Milk Products’ Milk Protein Concentrate also took second place honors.
“Our purpose is to bring maximum value to the milk we are entrusted with,” says Daragh Maccabee, CEO of Idaho Milk Products. “This award is recognition for the passion, the commitment, the scientific expertise that our team delivers every day, thank you to all the team at Idaho Milk Products for making this happen.”
The biennial US Championship Cheese Contest, which began in 1981, is the nation’s largest technical cheese, butter, dry dairy ingredients, and yogurt competition. This year 2,555 entries were received from 35 states. Several new classes were added this year to included dried dairy products and several different cheeses, for a total of 116 different classes. There were 13 entries for MPI and 8 entries for MPC products.
“We are proud and honored to achieve such great results in the inaugural dried dairy products class,” adds Joe Henry, vice president of sales and marketing. “Our commitment and special attention to our processing has always been a focus for us, this award validates our hard work, making the best milk proteins for our customers.”
State-of-the-art cold processing facility, ultra-fresh milk and a committed Idaho Milk Products team yet again proved that IdaPro® proteins are the best in the market,” concludes Dr. Chenchaiah Marella, vice president of research and product development, “Thank you all at Idaho Milk Products.”
Awards will be presented on April 18, 2019 at the Cheese Industry Conference in Madison, Wis.