Their commitment to excellence helped Pine River Pre-Pack of Newton, WI earn the top spots in four different cheese contests this year.
First was a clean sweep in the Cold Pack Cheese Food category at the World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison on March 9th. Winning flavors were Swiss & Almond, Aged Asiago and Garlic & Herb. The highly competitive biennial contest drew 2,995 entries from 23 countries. For two days 50 judges worked sampling the 110 categories of butter, cheese and yogurt.
At the American Cheese Society Contest held in late July in Des Moines, IA., Pine River placed first with their Horseradish Flavor Cold Pack Cheese Food and second with Hot Habanero. “Intense, spicy, and hot flavors are growing trends with consumers and our winning flavors at the ACS are proof of that”, said Mary Lindemann, Marketing Director at Pine River Pre-Pack.
Pine River has entered the Wisconsin State Fair Cheese and Butter contest every year since 1983. In August, they took the Blue, Red, and White ribbons with their Swiss & Almond, Aged Asiago, Horseradish Flavor respectively. Philip A. Lindemann, President/CEO attended the auction night, where winning cheeses from the 28 classes were auctioned off, with the proceeds going toward student scholarships and dairy promotion.
In Madison, at the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest held in October, Pine River’s quality spreads captured the top three spots with their Swiss & Almond, Chunky Bleu & Cheddar, and an Extra Sharp Cheddar earning the top spot in their fourth contest of 2016. “We strive to continually raise the bar for ourselves. Using the highest quality ingredients and state of the art manufacturing techniques while adhering to food safety practices is at the core of our success”, added Pine River’s Operations Manager, Ian Behm, who successfully led the organization to obtain level 3 SQF (Safe Quality Food) certification in May.
Content from October 2016 Press Release