WMMB shakes up June Dairy Month.
According to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB), the classic diner of the 1950s started an all-American love affair with comfort food and local cuisine. This June, WMMB paid homage to these hometown eateries and celebrated the importance dairy products play in American food with its June Dairy Month promotion, “June is Dairy Delicious!”
Wisconsin and June Dairy Month are as traditional as dairy and diners. The celebration went retro this year and paid homage to roadside diners with its playful promotion. The WMMB gave life to June, a Holstein mascot ambassador, who traveled the state to visit grocery stores, dairy breakfasts and other special events with “June’s Dairy Diner.” The mascot handed out free June is Dairy Delicious! recipe brochures, featuring six dairy-inspired diner recipes including stuffed cheeseburgers, banana cream pie, buttermilk pancakes and more.
“We wanted to shake up June Dairy Month a bit and serve residents dairy the old-fashioned way,” says Dave Bavlnka, WMMB vice president of marketing for local markets. Bavlnka says the board encouraged Wisconsinites to pull up a stool, order a cheeseburger and milkshake, and take a moment to recall the classic diners that cooked up all-American cuisine.”
Visit www.wisdairy.com/JuneDairyMonth for more information or to request a recipe booklet.
Product and promotion news
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m Wilbraham, Mass.-based Friendly Ice Cream Corp. has introduced decorated ice cream cakes to supermarkets and restaurants in time for summer’s special celebrations, including graduations and other festivities. Made with rich, luscious ice cream and topped with a wide range of festive edible decorations, these cakes offer a whole new way to enjoy the great taste of Friendly’s. At friendlyscakes.com, consumers can explore a delicious selection of icing choices and decorations. Customers can even generate an order form to take to their local Friendly’s restaurant, or cake buyers can visit one of many local supermarkets to place an order. Friendly’s restaurants and most supermarkets will customize cakes with the recipient’s name or other greeting.
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