Nov. 8 2018 08:45 AM

DFA Takes Home 2018 Class Champion Award for Best Italian Cheese

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Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national cooperative owned by dairy farm families across the U.S., was recently awarded a 2018 Class Champion award for Best Italian for its Part Skim Mozzarella at the 2018 National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Championship Cheese Contest held in Phoenix, Ariz. DFA also received first place awards in the Mozzarella, Provolone and Hard & Mold Ripened categories as well as a second place award for its Whole Milk Mozzarella and third place honor for a Provolone.

“It means a lot to be recognized by our peers for delivering great-tasting products,” says Doug Glade, executive vice president of commercial operations, DFA. “As a cooperative, we’re committed to providing the highest quality that our customers and consumers demand and deserve.”

Cooperatives from across the country take part in the annual contest to showcase their top products and the people who make them. This year, 230 entries were received from 15 member cooperatives.

DFA received the following awards for its cheese:

  • 2018 Class Champion (Italian) and First Place —Part Skim Mozzarella, New Wilmington, Pa.
  • First place—Provolone, New Wilmington, Pa.
  • First place—Parmesan, Pollock, S.D.
  • Second place—Whole Milk Mozzarella, Turlock, Calif.
  • Third place—Provolone, New Wilmington, Pa.
  • Fourth place – Sharp Cheddar, Pavilion, N.Y.

For more information about the NMPF cheese contest winners, visit

Dairy Farmers of America is a national, farmer-owned dairy cooperative focusing on quality, innovation and the future of family dairies. While supporting and serving more than 14,500 family farmers, DFA works with some of the world’s largest food companies to develop ingredients that satisfy their customers’ cravings while staying committed to social responsibility and ethical farming. For more information, please visit