Pictured: Receiving the awards were, beginning second from left, AMPI board members Doug Carroll, Iowa; Cal Graber, S.D.; Doug Temme, Neb.; AMPI Co-President and CEO Sheryl Meshke, Minn.; AMPI Chairman of the Board Steve Schlangen, Minn.; and AMPI board member Tom Hoscheit, Minn. Presenting the awards are, far left, NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern and, far right, NMPF Chairman Randy Mooney.
The cheesemakers of Associated Milk Producers Inc. are bringing home five, first-place and three, second-place finishes following the National Milk Producers Federation Championship Cheese Contest.
In addition, a Pasteurized Process American and Monterey Jack Cheese with Red Bell and Jalapeno Peppers loaf made at the cooperative’s plant in Portage, received the NMPF Reserve Chairman’s Award. A hand-crafted Parmesan made in S.D., was named best of class in the Italian division.
“Making award-winning cheese is a team effort at AMPI,” says Mike Wolkow, AMPI senior vice president of operations. “The dedication of our dairy farm families and cheesemakers — at every step in the cheesemaking process — delivers a great bite, every time.”
AMPI cheesemakers are being recognized at the contest held in conjunction with NMPF’s joint annual meeting with the United Dairy Industry Association and National Dairy Promotion and Research Board in Las Vegas. Cheese made at Wisconsin AMPI plants received the following awards:
First, Processed American Flavored, Pasteurized Process American and Monterey Jack Cheese with Red Bell and Jalapeno Peppers loaf – Portage, Wis.
First, Mild Cheddar – Blair, Wis.
First, Colby Jack – Jim Falls, Wis.
First, Pepper Jack – Jim Falls Wis.
Second, Medium Cheddar – Blair, Wis.
Second, Processed American Plain – Portage, Wis.
“While our cheese regularly places well in national contests, this collection of awards is a first for AMPI,” says Marshall Reece, AMPI senior vice president of sales and marketing. “The recognition reaffirms our Co-op Crafted promise — AMPI farm families care for their land and animals, and partner with skilled craftsmen to make award-winning dairy products for our customers to enjoy.”