Sorrento Lactalis Entry Wins IMPA Dairy Contest; Auction Sets Record

Sorrento Lactalis, Nampa, ID, earned the Grand Champion title in the 24th annual Idaho Milk Processors Association (IMPA) dairy product contest here last week.

Rene Benavidez’ winning fresh marinated Galbani Mozzarella entry in the Flavored cheese class scored a 99.80 in the final round of judging, announced Julie Winans, contest coordinator, during awards and auction ceremonies.

High Desert Milk was named Reserve Champion with a 81 percent fat with sea salt Butter entry.

Travis Ballard, Ballard Cheese, Gooding, ID, won the Second Reserve Champion prize for a cracked peppercorn, mill-style, Cheddar in the Farmstead class.

Auction Sets New Record
The 17 contest classes in the auction raised $33,250, breaking the previous year’s record of $30,200.

Vivolac Cultures Corporation’s purchase of Glanbia Nutritional’s chipotle Cheddar was the highest auctioned item at $5,100.00.

 

Vivolac Cultures bought Glanbia Nutritionals’ Chipotle Cheddar cheese during the the Idaho Milk Processors Association’s annual cheese contest auction last week in Sun Valley, ID. The cheese was purchased for $5,100, the highest bid in this year’s auction. In the photo (left to right): Ian Bodkin, Vivolac Cultures; Julie Winans, Chr. Hansen and IMPA contest chairperson; Rudy Jozelic, Glanbia Nutritionals; and Keith Trinrud, Vivolac Cultures.


The auction was established in 1998 to provide scholarships to students interested in dairy and food science programs at the University of Idaho and the Utah State University. Subsquentally, Washington State, South Dakota State and Brigham Young University students are now eligible.

To date, the IMPA dairy product contests have raised $269,706 for student scholarships.

Winners in each category and auction buyers, were as follows:

Class 1 - Current Cheddar
First: Agropur, Team 2, Jerome
Second: Agropur, Team 1, Jerome
Third Place: Glanbia Nutritionals, Phil Barringer, Twin Falls, ID
The Agropur cheese was purchased by Kelley Supply for $2,300.

Class 2 - Medium Cheddar
First Place: Glanbia Nutritionals, Jessica Mitchelen, Blackfoot, ID.
Second Place: Glanbia Nutritionals, Thomas Chocker, Twin Falls
Third Place: Glanbia Nutritionals, Boyd Egan, Twin Falls, ID
Loos Machine & Automation purchased the winner for $2,100.00.

Class 3 - Sharp Cheddar
First: Beehive Cheese Co. LLC, Eulogio Martinon, Unitah, UT.
Second: Agropur, Team 2, Jerome
Third Place: Glanbia Nutritionals, Kevin Jasser, Twin Falls
Evans Grain Feed & Seed bought the winner for $1,800.0
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Class 4 - Aged Cheddar: 1 - 2 yrs
First Place: Glanbia Nutritionals, Zach Dutt, Twin Falls, ID
Second Place: Glanbia Nutritionals, Josue Medina, Twin Falls, ID
Third Place: Gossner Foods, Team B, Logan, UT
CFR purchased the winning class entry for $3,650.00.

Class 5 - Aged Cheddar>24 mths
First Place: Gossner Foods, Team B, Logan, UT
Second: Agropur, Team 2, Jerome
Third Place: Aggie Creamery, Megan Armstrong, Utah State University, Logan, UT
The winner was purchased by Nelson Ricks Creamery for $2,500.

Class 6 - Colby/Jack /Muenster
First: Glanbia Nutritionals, Todd Goodwin, Monterey Jack, Blackfoot
Second: Glanbia, Bryan Sant, Monterey Jack, Blackfoot, ID
Third: Glanbia, Mikail Umarov, Colby Jack, Twin Falls
Advanced Process Technology (APT) outbid itself and bought the winner for $2,500.00.

Class 7 - Hard Italian
First: Nelson Ricks, Isidro Mendoza, Asiago Piacevole, Rexburg.
Second: Nelson Ricks Creamery, Donald Greenberg, Piccolo Parmo, Rexburg, ID
Third: Brush Creek Creamery, Rebeccah Salmeri, Montasio, Deary, ID
DuPont purchased the winning cheese for $900.00.

Class 8 - Soft/Semi Soft/Italian
First Place: Sorrento Lactalis, Jeff Christensen, Ovoline, Nampa, ID
Second Place: Sorrento Lactalis, Phoukhong Boungnavong, String
Third Place: Sorrento Lactalis, Luis Rivera, String, Nampa, ID
DuPont purchased the winning entry for $800.00.

Class 9 - Pepper Cheese
First: Glanbia, Matt Vanic, Chipotle Cheddar, Twin Falls, ID
Second: Glanbia Nutritionals, Santiago Gomez, Habanero, Twin Falls
Third: Glanbia, Samir Zahirovic, Chipotle Cheddar, Twin Falls, ID
The winner was purchased by Vivolac Cultures for $5,100.00.

Class 10 - Flavored Cheese
First Place: Sorrento Lactalis, Rene Benavidez, Nampa, ID
Second: Beehive Cheese, Britton Welsh, Uintah, UT
Third: Glanbia Nutritionals, Leif Hobson, Twin Falls, ID
Loos Machine & Automation purchased the Grand Champion cheese for $2,300.00.

Class 11 - Reduced Fat
First: Sorrento Lactalis, Pedro Ambriz, String Cheese, Nampa, ID
Second Place: Darigold, John Gray, 2% Cottage cheese, Boise
Third: Gossner Cheese, Team A, Swiss cheese, Heyburn, ID
CFR bought the cheese for $700.

Class 12 - Open Class
First: Beehive Cheese, Liuvi Guillen, Hatch Chile Curds, Uintah
Second Place: Beehive Cheese, Saco Villanueva, Chive Curds
Third: Beehive Cheese, Donna Oliver, Squeaky Bee Curds
Evans Grain, Feed & Seed bought the winner for $700.00.

Class 13 - Swiss
First Place: Gossner Foods, Team B, Logan, UT
Second: Gossner Foods/Magic Valley, Team A, Heyburn ID
Third Place: Gossner Foods, Team A, Logan, UT
Nelson-Jameson purchased the Gossner cheese for $3,500.00.

Class 14 - Farmstead Cheese
First Place: Ballard Cheese, Travis Ballard, Cheddar, Gooding, ID
Second: Heber Valley Cheese, Russel Kohler, Midway, UT
Third: Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, Grant Kohler, Cheddar
TO Engineers purchased the winner for $1,500.00.

Class 15 - Artisan Cheese
First: Brush Creek Creamery, Rebeccah Salmeri, marinated Labneh, Deary, ID
Second: Heber Valley Cheese, Grant Kohler, Cheddar, Midway, UT
Third: Brush Creek Creamery, Rebeccah Salmeri, Brie, Deary, ID
University of Idaho purchased the entry for $600.

Class 16 - Cultured
First Place: Darigold, Bryce Boster, sour cream, Boise, ID
Second Place: Darigold, Thip Looangrhos, cottage cheese, Boise
Third: Darigold,Victor Figueroa
The winner was bought by Chr. Hansen for $600.00.

Class 17 - Butter
First Place: High Desert Milk, Burley, ID
Second: High Desert Milk, Burley
CFR purchased the winner for $1,700.00

Class 18 - Granular Cheese for Mfg
First Place: Glanbia Nutritionals, Eric Renner, Gooding, ID
Second Place: Agropur, Team 1, Jerome, ID
Third Place: Glanbia Nutritionals, Cassie Gaskill, Gooding, ID
The winning cheese entry was not auctioned off
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