The information below has been supplied by dairy marketers and other industry organizations. It has not been edited, verified or endorsed by Hoard’s Dairyman.New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball announced King Brothers Dairy has received two gold awards in the 2022 Dairy Products Competition. The announcement was made yesterday in celebration of Dairy Day at The Great New York State Fair. The competition highlights World-Class Dairy Products in New York State.
The Capital District-based dairy farm took home gold in the Fluid Milk category for Small Processors and gold in the Chocolate Milk category for dairies of all sizes.
Commissioner Ball said, “New York is known for its fantastic dairy products—from its leading yogurts to its artisan cheeses and everything in between. Our dairy farmers and processors are among the best in the country and take great pride in bringing their products to consumers across the country.”
“Our customers are very vocal about their love for our milk, ” says King Brothers Dairy co-owner Jeff King. “They tell us, ‘it’s crazy good!’ So, it’s pretty exciting to win these awards and hear the love for our milk echoed by our Department of Agriculture.”
King Brothers Dairy is run by brothers Jeff and Jan King, along with wives Becky King and Pandora Davis, respectively. They are the fourth generation of farmers to take the helm of the 120-year-old farm.
The King brothers also acknowledge the award was hard-earned. “We are a family-run business, not a big corporation,” Jan remarks. “It takes a lot of work to produce our premium products here on the farm, and I think our customers enjoy seeing and knowing where our milk comes from.”
Entries were submitted for 25 categories, including fluid milk, various types of cheeses, sour cream, yogurt, dips, and cottage cheese. This year, the Chief Judge was Valerie Catlin from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Division of Milk Control. Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Milk Quality Improvement Program judged the fluid milk portion of the competition.
In addition to the fluid milk categories, King Brothers Dairy also took home a gold award in the Flavored Yogurt category.
Within the US, New York is a top producer of dairy products, and dairy is the leading agricultural sector. As of 2020, the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets reports, “New York has nearly 3,600 dairy farms producing more than 15 billion pounds of milk, approximately seven percent of the country’s total milk supply”.
To learn more about King Brothers Dairy, visit their website.