Quality Chekd picks Hiland Dairy for three honors

Hiland Dairy Foods Co. has received three awards from the Quality Chekd program: one for production and two for excellence in marketing.

The Springfield, Mo.-based Hiland Dairy is a joint venture between Dairy Farmers of America and Prairie Farms. Quality Chekd, an organization of 27 independent dairy processors, honored several dairies in April at its leadership conference in Nashville, Tenn.

The 2014 Production Excellence Award, recognizing the best single production plant, was awarded to Hiland Dairy’s Fort Smith, Ark., plant. Selection criteria for this award consisted of facility inspections, an evaluation of a plant’s process and systems for assuring product quality, customer communications, quality standards and laboratory test scores.

The two 2014 Outstanding Marketing Achievement Awards honored Hiland Dairy for superior marketing achievement and top communication of its brand. The processor was cited for its well-defined and highly focused marketing objectives and strategies, targeted execution of programs and quantifiable results.