Congratulations are in order for Umpqua Dairy Products, Roseburg, Ore. In 2017, this Beaver State enterprise captured the coveted first place award in the Lowfat Chocolate Milk 2% category in the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Products Contest. Competing in that particular class against 10 other dairies from across North America, Umpqua Dairy scored a near-perfect 99.8 percent to seal the victory in this rigorous competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Dairy Products Association.
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As a result of this shining achievement, congratulations are also in order for The Benjamin P. Forbes Company, Broadview Heights, Ohio. That’s because the latter, also known as Forbes Chocolate, produced the chocolate that flavored Umpqua Dairy’s award-winning chocolate milk.
“While the Forbes Chocolate name is not on the award, it is very gratifying to know that we produce a product of such high quality that it is cited as ‘the best of the best’ in North America,” says Keith Geringer, president at Forbes Chocolate.
High quality, indeed; accolades should definitely not stop here. A round of applause is due to Forbes Chocolate because this Buckeye State developer and manufacturer of cocoa and flavor powders has been honored with the prestigious 2018 Food Quality & Safety Award. The annual Award, presented by Food Quality & Safety magazine, recognizes the dedication and achievement of an organization that upholds the highest food standards supported by quantifiable results.
“We are a family-owned company founded on the principles of integrity, hard work, gratitude, and consideration,” says Mike Sandy, plant manager. “Forbes has a commitment to its customers to provide quality products with responsive and flexible service.”
The Forbes Chocolate product lines showcase a wide spectrum of flavors, including cocoa powders in several strengths, colors, and fat ranges, Sandy relates. “Additionally, we offer inclusions, such as chocolate chips, flakes, and drops. Our flavor powders include strawberry, vanilla, and orange cream, to name a few. To meet market demand, we offer our customers a variety of seasonal flavors, as well.”| | | Next → | Single Page
About Linda L. Leake, MS
Linda L. Leake, doing business as Food Safety Ink, is a food safety consultant, registered SQF contract auditor, and award-winning freelance journalist based in Wilmington, N.C. Specializing in agriculture, food, food safety, and travel, her articles have appeared in some 89 print and online publications. Along with garnering awards for her articles and photographs, she holds the prestigious Master Writer status with American Agricultural Editors’ Association. Majoring in Dairy Science, she completed a BS in Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin and an MS in Food Safety at Michigan State University. She’s an active member of IAFP, Toxicologists Without Borders, Inc., and the National Dairy Shrine. She’s currently enrolled in the International Development Doctoral Program at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast. Reach her at Llleake@aol.com.