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Our family of brands include Upstate Farms, Bison Dip, Intense Milks and Crave.

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UPSTATE NIAGARA MEMBERS WIN NATIONAL DAIRY QUALITY AWARDS

March 19, 2014


BUFFALO, NY – From a total of 53 winners nationwide, seven (7) Upstate Niagara members have successfully earned the 2013 National Dairy Quality Award (NDQA). Additionally, two (2) of the winners were organic farms out of only five (5) organic farms in the nation that were in the running.

 

Now in its 20th year, the National Dairy Quality Awards recognizes the very best in quality milk production. The goal of the NDQA program is to honor dairy producers from across the United States that have placed high priority on producing milk of the finest quality. All nominees were evaluated on a number of rigorous industry standards for overall herd health and welfare.

 

“This is an excellent example of Upstate Niagara’s continued drive to provide the highest level of quality in every product,” said Ken Voelker, Director of Marketing and Merchandising. “It takes an entire team working together time after time to be recognized with such high accolades on a national stage.”

The seven (7) Upstate Niagara members who have earned the 2013 National Dairy Quality Award (NDQA) are as follows:

 

Gold Winners:

Harkins Dairy Farm, LLC – Wyoming, NY

Kevin Huber – Lyons, NY

Jerry Dell Farm, Inc. (Organic) – Freeville, NY

Telaak Farms, LLC – Little Valley, NY


      

Silver Winners: 

Charles Bockhahn (Organic) – East Concord, NY

Fontaine Farms, LLC – Strykersville, NY 

Jerome Kostanciak – Akron, NY

    

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UPSTATE NIAGARA COOPERATIVE COTTAGE CHEESE WINS FOUR AWARDS AT 2013 NATIONAL MILK PRODUCERS FEDERATION CHEESE CONTEST

February 27, 2014

BUFFALO, NY Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc. has received national recognition for four cottage cheese products at the 2013 National Milk Producers Federation Cheese Contest, which was held at the organization’s annual meeting. Four out of the five Upstate Niagara cottage cheese products entered received medals. The awards are as follows:

-Gold Medal for 4% Large Curd Cottage Cheese

-Silver Medal for 1% Small Curd Cottage Cheese

-Silver Medal for 4% Pineapple Cottage Cheese

-Bronze Medal for 4% Chive Cottage Cheese 

“Winning these prestigious awards is a testament to the efforts of everyone involved within our company,” said Upstate Niagara Cooperative Chief Scientific Officer, Jim Murphy. “Our dedication and passion for quality is appreciated and has been recognized throughout our industry.” 

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UPSTATE NIAGARA WINS DOT FOODS QUALITY & SERVICE AWARD FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

February 26, 2014


BUFFALO, NY – For the second year in a row, Upstate Niagara has been named a Quality & Service Award Winner by Dot Foods, the largest foodservice redistribution company in the United States. Out of Dot’s 650+ manufacturer partners, Upstate Niagara was one of only 15 to earn this honor in 2013.

 

Every year Dot Foods presents this prestigious award to valued supplier partners that provide exceptional service. To qualify for this recognition, Upstate Niagara hit every one of Dot Foods’ rigorous benchmarks, which include providing an overall inbound service level above 98%, maintaining a load time for Dot Foods trucks in under two hours, and successfully creating a profitable fiscal year for the company.

 

As part of the award, Upstate Niagara will receive special recognition at Dot Food headquarters, on the company’s Dot Expressway® website, and at various marketing events throughout the year.

 

“This honor is visible proof of our company’s commitment to providing high levels of quality and service in everything we do,” said Mark Serling, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing. “It takes exceptional dedication from every person in every department to achieve such high praise year after year, and is a testament to Upstate Niagara’s truly cooperative nature.” 


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INTENSE MILK LAUNCHES WINTER OF FUN SKI RESORT DISCOUNT PROGRAM

December 20, 2013

 

BUFFALO, NY – Intense Milk continues its Winter of Fun program this season by offering deep discounts at New York State ski resorts from Western New York to the Capital Region. For the price of a single-serve Intense Milk, skiers and snowboarders can save more than $15 at most locales, just by bringing one of the brand’s specially marked caps to one of the following participating resorts.   

Bristol Mountain – $11 off a Twilight lift ticket on weekends. Valid Saturday and Sunday, 4pm - 10pm.    

Holiday Valley – 2-for-1 lift tickets Monday - Wednesday, 4pm-close. Then get 2-for-1 tubing passes Thursdays, 4pm – 9pm.

Whiteface – $20 off a non-holiday lift ticket any Sunday – Friday.  

Kissing Bridge – Buy one, get one free lift tickets Monday – Friday starting December 31st, or $5 off an all-day jump ticket for the BigAirBag.

Gore Mountain – $15 off one lift ticket. Not valid on holidays.

Toggenburg – Buy one, get one free lift tickets. Both may be used the same day.

Skiers and snowboarders can locate an Intense Milk retailer near their home or their favorite resort by visiting the brand’s parent company, Upstate Farms, at www.upstatefarms.com/grocer.cfm.

About Intense Milk
Intense Milk is a product of Upstate Niagara Cooperative (Upstate Farms), a family of local dairy farmers who care deeply about quality and freshness. Their commitment to more than 360 farms provides consumers with a line of fresh, wholesome, safe and delicious dairy products. To learn more about Intense Milk and the Winter of Fun promotion, visit www.intensemilk.com or facebook.com/IntenseMilks.

 

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UPSTATE NIAGARA SWEEPS DAIRY AWARDS SEASON

August 27, 2013

 

BUFFALO, NY – Western New York’s preeminent dairy processor, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, has been recognized yet again for their production of superior quality products.

The Buffalo-based dairy cooperative took top honors in five categories at the 2013 Great New York State Fair in Syracuse. The company won Dairy Day Awards in a variety of categories at the regional competition, including top awards for Upstate Farms yogurt, Bison dip and Upstate Farms buttermilk. Their Rochester-based fluid milk plant also received a silver award for their fluid milk products. Upstate Niagara’s sour cream, marketed under the Bison brand label, received top honors with an Award of Excellence for a score of 96.

The cooperative’s Bison brand recently swept the 2013 World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI as well. Bison’s Creamy Dill Dip not only won First Place in the refrigerated dip category with a score of 99.35, but also was selected as the Grade A Grand Champion beating 820 international competitors. It’s the second year in a row that Upstate Niagara Cooperative took the honor, and the first time in the history of the contest any company has captured the coveted award back-to-back.

Bison’s other dip flavors including local favorites French Onion and Garlic Parmesan received first and second place respectively while their chive cottage cheese, pineapple cottage cheese and Upstate Farms Half and Half offerings all placed with honors at the World Dairy Expo as well.

Jim Murphy, Upstate Niagara Cooperative’s Chief Scientific Officer said, “As a farmer-owned cooperative rooted in New York State, we take enormous pride in winning the New York State Fair Dairy Day Awards. We have a long history of winning awards in New York State and we are equally proud that our products are recognized on a world wide front based on the awards we received at the World Dairy Expo.”

 

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BILLS AND UPSTATE NIAGARA RENEW PARTNERSHIP

May 1, 2013 

Hannah Buehler

 

The Buffalo Bills today announced a partnership with Upstate Niagara, a dairy food and beverage cooperative featuring Bison Dip and Intense Milk.  As part of the agreement, Bison Dip will become the Official Dip of the Buffalo Bills, while Intense Milk becomes the Official Milk of the Buffalo Bills.

 

The Bills and Upstate Niagara are launching several new year-long marketing and promotional initiatives that will look to expand the marketing footprint of Bison Dip, Intense Milk and the Bills throughout the Western New York community. Some of the new programming includes activation surrounding the Draft, presence at local high school football games and the resurrection of the “Bison Patrol” on game day.

 

“Upstate Niagara has been a tremendous partner throughout the years and this renewed agreement will give Bills fans even more of a reason to celebrate,” said Bruce Popko, Bills Senior Vice President of Business Development. 

 

This fall, Buffalo Bills reporter Hannah Buehler will be live on-site at five local area high school football games for “Intense Milk’s High School Football Game of the Week.” Hannah will be encouraging fans to use social media during the games while also tweeting updates from each game. Upstate Niagara will also give away one pair of tickets to an upcoming Bills home game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

 

"We're excited to again be working with the Bills," said Mark Serling, Upstate Niagara Senior Director of Direct Sales and Marketing. "There's nothing like being part of Buffalo's football tradition and the Western New York community."

 

Upstate Niagara will also be included in various social media campaigns: gameday experience packages, a post-game press conference experience and a fan appreciation experience.

 

http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-1/Bills-and-Upstate-Niagara-renew-partnership/27e5f4e2-aaa2-474d-bb24-eb3ac10e7ec4 

 

 

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UPSTATE FARMS WINS A PAIR OF ADVERTISING AWARDS

November 13, 2012

BUFFALO, NY – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) recently recognized Upstate Farms, a part of Upstate Niagara Cooperative, for the company’s ‘Welcome Back to the Farm’ campaign. NMPF awarded the campaign second place in the Special Projects Advertising category, and the revamped Upstate Farms’ website (UpstateFarms.com) placed third in its category.

To create the campaign, Upstate Farms and CENERGY, of East Aurora, NY, partnered with local photographer Rhea Anna to document more than 13 family farms. The result is a fully integrated campaign that includes TV commercials, mini web documentaries, point-of sale displays, print, digital and billboard elements.

"We didn't want it to come off as a slick ad campaign, but more about something that is inherently honest and uniquely American. The idea was to use raw imagery and undoctored footage to let the farmers tell their stories. The campaign is really about the values of a strong work ethic and an honest way of life," said Ken Trabert, creative director at CENERGY.

“A lot of hard work went into bringing ‘Welcome Back to the Farm’ from idea to fruition, and the feedback from our customers has been great,” said Ken Voelker, Upstate Niagara’s director of marketing. “Every one of our farmers has a story, and I'm just happy we found a way to share those stories with the community.”
 

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UPSTATE NIAGARA COOPERATIVE WINS MULTIPLE AWARDS

March 26, 2012

 

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Upstate Niagara Cooperative continues to be recognized for their unparalleled quality and dedication to the craft of dairy.

 

The Western New York cooperative was awarded a record-setting six awards by the All Star Association Convention.

 

The All Star Association’s current membership includes over 300 plants in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Nova Scotia, producing fluid milk, ice cream, cultured products, cheese, water beverage, juice, custom blowmolding and related products.

 

The local dairy co-op was given top honors by receiving the All Star Award for its ongoing leadership in quality and food safety. “We are thrilled to be recognized with this award. It truly represents the level of attentiveness and care every person in our organization – from our farmer owners, right through to our plant employees – gives to make safe and delicious products for our consumers,” said Jim Murphy, VP of Quality and R&D at Upstate Niagara.

 

Upstate Niagara also shone brightly at the 2012 World Championship Cheese Contest – taking first, second and fourth place for their cottage cheese products. Mr. Murphy attributed the multiple awards to his team. “Our performance at this year’s contest validates the steadfast dedication our team puts in every day in order to produce award-winning cheese.”

 

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