Organic Valley Receives 2014 Dairy Product Awards

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Farmer-Owned Cooperative Brings Home Ten Gold Medals from Los Angeles International Dairy Competition, Two First Place Awards from World Dairy Expo. Premium Butters Rack Up Another Year of Awards; New Milk Protein Shakes Recognized for Innovation.

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'These awards are a result of our hardworking farmer-owners and staff, and a testament that organic means delicious taste,' said George Siemon, CEIEIO and one of the founding farmers of Organic Valley.

Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands, is proud to announce that it recently received multiple prestigious awards including accolades from the World Dairy Expo, which will be held in Madison, Wis., from September 30 through October 4, 2014. The awards are as follows:

World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest

1st Place, Creative and Innovative Products category: Organic Valley Organic Fuel – Vanilla
1st Place, Open Class Aseptic Dairy Products category: Organic Valley Organic Fuel – Chocolate
3rd Place, Creative and Innovative Products category: Organic Valley Organic Balance – Vanilla Bean
3rd Place, Open Class Butter category: Organic Valley European Style Butter (Cultured and Unsalted)

Los Angeles International Dairy Competition

Gold, Pasteurized Dairy Beverage category: Organic Valley Organic Fuel – Chocolate
Gold, Pasteurized Dairy Beverage category: Organic Valley Organic Fuel – Vanilla
Gold, Pasteurized Dairy Beverage category: Organic Valley Organic Balance – Dark Chocolate
Gold, Pasteurized Dairy Beverage category: Organic Valley Organic Balance – Vanilla Bean
Gold, Grade A Pasteurized category: Organic Valley Whole Milk
Gold, Grade A Half & Half category: Organic Valley Half & Half
Gold, Spreadable Cheese category: Organic Valley Cream Cheese
Gold, Pepper Flavored Cheese category: Organic Valley Pepper Jack Cheese
Gold, Cultured Butter category: Organic Valley European Style Butter
Gold, Cultured and Salted Butter category: Organic Valley Pasture Butter
Silver, Sharp Cheddar category: Organic Valley Sharp Cheddar Cheese

American Cheese Society Judging & Competition

3rd Place, Salted Butter (with or without cultures) category: Organic Valley Salted Butter

For a complete listing of Organic Valley product awards, please visit http://www.organicvalley.coop/products/awards.

“Out of the hundreds of thousands of producers who enter their dairy products each year, we are extremely proud to receive awards for our new milk protein shakes, cheeses, butters, and creams,” said George Siemon, CEIEIO and one of the founding farmers of Organic Valley. “These awards are a result of our hardworking farmer-owners and staff, and a testament that organic means delicious taste.”

Organic Valley European Style Cultured Butter is a premium, unsalted, 84 percent butterfat butter made by adding imported European cultures to fresh organic cream. The culturing process enhances the sweetness of the butter and brings out a subtle tanginess. Organic Valley Pasture Butter is produced in small batches at the height of pasture season, providing higher levels of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and balanced omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids thanks to the cows’ time grazing fresh grasses.

Organic Valley Organic Fuel and Organic Balance protein shakes are made with high-quality organic milk, are lactose- and gluten-free, and never contain GMOs, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides, or artificial sweeteners. Unlike other protein drinks, Organic Valley milk protein shakes get their protein from real organic milk – not chalky protein powders – for smooth, delicious taste and wholesome nutrition. In fact, Organic Balance and Organic Fuel were significantly preferred over leading protein drinks and are the only organic milk protein shakes available.*

*According to the “2014 Protein Beverage Home Use Test” conducted among 300 consumers by SoundView Research, Organic Valley Organic Balance was significantly preferred over Special K Protein Shake, and Organic Valley Organic Fuel was significantly preferred over Muscle Milk.

Organic Valley: Independent and Farmer-Owned
Organic Valley is America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents approximately 1,800 farmers in 36 states. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces a variety of organic foods, including organic milk, soy, cheese, butter, spreads, creams, eggs, and produce, which are sold in supermarkets, natural foods stores and food cooperatives nationwide. With its regional model, milk is produced, bottled and distributed right in the region where it is farmed to ensure fewer miles from farm to table and to support our local economies. For further information visit http://www.organicvalley.coop. Organic Valley is also on Twitter @OrganicValley and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/OrganicValley.

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