Organic Valley Pasture Butter Wins Gold at Largest Cheese, Butter and Yogurt Competition in the U.S.

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Record Entries for U.S. Championship Cheese Contest 2015; Organic Valley Best of Class in Butter Category with 99.35 out of 100 Points

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"A cultured and lightly salted butter, Organic Valley Pasture Butter is made from the cream of cows that graze fresh, organic pastures only during the height of pasture season."

Organic Valley, the nation’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, today announced it was awarded first place in the butter category at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest on March 17 and 18 in Milwaukee, Wis. The U.S. Championship Cheese Contest is the largest cheese, butter and yogurt contest in the United States, receiving a record-breaking 1,885 entries from 28 states in 2015. Organic Valley Pasture Butter received 99.35 out of a possible 100 points.

A cultured and lightly salted butter, Organic Valley Pasture Butter is made from the cream of cows that graze fresh, organic pastures only during the height of pasture season—May through September. Made in limited quantities, Pasture Butter is churned in small batches and vat-cultured for a rich 84 percent fat content. Organic Valley Pasture Butter contains elevated levels of beneficial essential fatty acids—conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), omega-3 and omega-6—all of which essential fatty acids that come from pasture grasses in their prime. Like all Organic Valley products, Organic Valley Pasture Butter is produced without antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides or GMOs.

Organic Valley, along with other winners from around the country, will travel to Madison to receive their awards during the Wisconsin Cheese Industry Conference, April 22-23. Previously, Organic Valley Pasture Butter was awarded Gold at the Los Angeles International Dairy Competition in 2014, 2013, and 2012; Second Place at the American Cheese Society Awards in 2012; and Bronze at the US Championship Cheese Contest in 2013. For a complete listing of Organic Valley product awards, please visit http://www.organicvalley.coop/products/awards.

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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