DFA wins grand champion in industry cheese contest

Written by Christine Bush
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This week, Dairy Farmers of America’s (DFA) Turlock, Calif., plant’s provolone cheese claimed the highest award, the Chairman’s Plaque, at the 2014 National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Championship Cheese Contest in Grapevine, Texas. DFA earned recognition in seven categories at the national contest which takes place in conjunction with NMPF’s joint annual meeting with National Dairy Promotion and Research Board and United Dairy Industry Association.

Cooperatives from across the country take part in the annual contest to showcase their top products and the people who make them. This year, 12 NMPF cooperative members submitted 145 entries, totaling 2,150 pounds of cheese for judging.

“It’s an honor to be recognized on the national level, and this reinforces our Cooperative’s commitment to quality products,” said Randy Mooney DFA Board Chairman. “Quality cheese starts with quality milk, and I’m proud of our members’ dedication to producing milk with the highest of standards.”

DFA received the following awards in addition to the Chairman’s Plaque:

  • Best Italian – Regular Provolone, Turlock, Calif.
  • First – Provolone, Regular Provolone, Turlock, Calif.
  • First – Processed American Flavored, Processed American Cheese w/Peppers, West Middlesex, Pa.
  • First – Open Class, Queso Fresca, Houston, Texas
  • Third – Open Class, Panela Fresca, Houston, Texas
  • Third – Provolone, Regular Provolone, Turlock, Calif.

The entrants were divided into 23 categories and evaluated on taste, texture and appearance.

Picture: (From left to right) Jim Mulhern, NMPF president and chief executive officer; Randy Mooney, DFA Board Chairman; and John Wilson, DFA senior vice president and chief fluid marketing officer.