World Dairy Expo’s Championship Dairy Product Contest Auction Raises $25,579
Madison—The 13th annual World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest auction, held here Tuesday night, raised a total of $25,579, up over $2,500 from last year’s total.
The Cheese & Butter Grand Champion, 20 pounds of Sartori Limited Edition Pastorale Blend made by Sartori Company of Plymouth, WI, was purchased by Ivarson for $85 per pound, or $1,700.00.
The Grand Champion Ice Cream, 5.5 pounds of Brown Butter Peanut Brittle made by The Comfy Cow of Louisville, KY, was purchased by Kelman Consulting for $70 per pound, or $385.00 total.
AgSource bought the Grand Champion Grade A winner – two pounds of French Onion Dip made by Dean Foods of Rockford, IL, for $230 per pound, or $460.00 total.
The highest total bid of the evening went to Darlington Dairy Supply, which purchased 30 pounds of Caraway Brick made by Mill Creek Cheese, Arena, WI, and Roth Petite Swiss made by Emmi Roth USA, Monroe, WI, for $75 per pound, or $2,250 total.
“We were extremely happy with the overall success of this year’s contest,” says Brad Legreid, executive director of the Wisconsin Dairy Products Association (WDPA), which sponsors the contest. “We had a record number of entries and a wider variety of participation than ever before. The unprecedented level of growth clearly reflects how the dairy industry has embraced this contest.
A portion of the auction proceeds will be used to fund the Dr. Robert L. Bradley Scholarship, Wisconsin Dairy Products Association Scholarship and MATC Culinary Foundation Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to deserving students pursuing careers in the dairy industry. WDPA will also use a portion of the proceeds to help sponsor the Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest.
Auction results are as follows:
A 40 pound block made by Masters Gallery Foods of Plymouth, WI, was purchased by Organic Valley for $30 per pound, or $1,200.00 total.
43.95 pounds of soft cheese made by Old Europe Cheese, Benton Harbor, MI; semi soft cheese made by Babcock Hall Dairy, Madison; and hard cheese made by Sartori Company, Plymouth, WI, was purchased by Masters Gallery Foods for $35 per pound, or $1,540 total.
A 42 pound block of Sharp made for Wisconsin Aging & Grading Cheese, Kaukauna, WI, was purchased by Masters Gallery for $30 per pound, or $1,260.00 total.
Prairie Farms/Muller Pinehurst
A class of Strawberry Yogurt, Regular Cottage Cheese and Lowfat/No-Fat Cottage Cheese made by Prairie Farms Dairy, Quincy, IL; Ranch Sour Cream Dip by Prairie Farms Dairy, Carbondale, IL; and Regular Chocolate Ice Cream made by Muller-Pinehurst, Rockford, IL, was purchased by T.C. Jacoby & Company for $40 per pound, or $960.00.
Gifford’s Combined Class
Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream’s French Vanilla and Philly Vanilla was purchased by CRI for $20 per pound, or $600.00.
Bongards Premium Cheese of Bongards, MN, was purchased by Agropur for $40 per pound, or $200.00.
AMPI Combined Cheddar Class
A Cheddar and Pasteurized Process Monterey Jack & American with Red Bell & Jalapeno Peppers made by AMPI of Sanborn, IA and Portage, WI, respectively, was purchased by Masters Gallery for $35 per pound, or $1,750.00 total.
Foremost Combined Class
Reduced Fat Provolone made by Foremost Farms USA, Clayton, WI, and Salted Butter made by Foremost Farms, Reedsburg, WI, was purchased by Ivarson for $50 per pound, or $1,000.00 total.
Schreiber Foods Combined Class
8 pounds of Greek Yogurt and Blueberry Yogurt made by Schreiber Foods of Richland Center, WI, was purchased by Ecolab for $100 per pound, or $800.00 total.
Chocolate Shoppe Combined
Chocolate Shoppe’s Old Fashioned Vanilla and Zanzibar Chocolate Ice Cream was purchased by Cheese Market News for $20 per pound, or $800.00 total.
Port Wine Cold Pack Cheese Food
Port Wine Cold Pack made by Pine River Pre-Pack of Newton, WI, was purchased by Wisconsin Aging & Grading Cheese for $82 per pound, or $984.00 total.
Unsalted Butter by Michigan Milk Producers Association, Constantine, MI; Cinnamon Honey Butter, Pine River Dairy, Manitowoc, WI; and Salted Whipped Butter, Kellers Creamery, Winnsboro, TX, was purchased by Ivarson for $50 per pound, or $1,750.00 total.
Marquez Bros. Combined Class
A Stirred Piña Colada Yogurt and Sour Cream made by Marquez Brothers of Hanford, CA, was purchased by AgSource for $35 per pound, or $105.00 total.
Sunset Rainbow Sherbet
18.5 pounds of Sunset Rainbow Sherbet made by Cedar Crest Specialties of Manitowoc, WI, was purchased by Carlyn Dairy for $30 per pound, or $555.00 total.
Monterey Jack and Muenster made Southwest Cheese LLC, Clovis, NM, and Fair Oaks Farms, Fair Oaks, IN, was bought by T.C. Jacoby for $20 per pound, or $1,040.00.
1 pound of String Cheese made by Burnett Dairy of Grantsburg, WI, was purchased by AgSource for $300 per pound, or $300.00 total.
Smoked Gouda Bacon Spread
A smoked Gouda Bacon spread made by Winona Foods of Green Bay, was purchased by Masters Gallery for $1,100.00 total.
A Provolone made by DFA, Turlock, CA, and Montfort Blue Cheese Wheel made by Arthur Schuman, Inc., Fairfield, NJ, was bought by Galloway Company for $65 per pound, or $1,170.00 total.
A Pineapple Cottage Cheese from Upstate Niagara, Buffalo, NY, and Lowfat Sour Cream, Cabot Creamery, was purchased by Grassland Dairy for $45 per pound, or $180.00.
Top The Tater Fiesta Dip
2 pounds of Fiesta Dip made by Kemps of St. Paul, MN, was purchased by Kemps for $130 per pound, or $260 total.
18 pounds of LMPS Mozzarella made by Lake Norden Cheese of Lake Norden, SD, and Fresh Mozz Balls in Water by Formaggio Italian Cheese, Hurleyville, NY, was purchased by Dansico for $45 per pound, or $810.00 total.
Frozen Yogurt made by Kwik Trip, Inc. of La Crosse, WI, was bought by Wisconsin Aging & Grading for $110 per pound, or $660.00.
Hiland Dairy Combined Class
7 pounds of Mango Drinkable Yogurt from Hiland Dairy, Chandler, OK, and Rockin’ Ranch with Dill, Hiland Dairy, Omaha, NE, was purchased by World Dairy Expo for $40 per pound, or $280.00.
20 pounds of Soft White Cheese from Hato Potrero Farm, Clewiston, FL, and President Pepper Medley from Lactalis USA, Merrill, WI, was purchased by Grassland Dairy for $60 per pound, or $1,200 total.
7 pounds of Salty Caramel Gelato from Stewart’s of Saratoga Springs, NY, and Moxie Munch from Power Foods, LLC, Barneveld, WI, was purchased by AgSource for $40 per pound, or $280.00 total.