Shamrock Farms was named a Top 10 supplier to Wendy’s Restaurants by Quality Supply Chain Co-op Inc., an independent purchasing cooperative for restaurants owned by The Wendy’s Co. and its franchisees. Winners were chosen from more than 430 companies in three categories: food and beverages, building materials and equipment and distribution.
Trickling Springs Ranch, a division of Trickling Springs Creamery, Koshkonong, Mo., was awarded Safe Quality Food Level 2 certification for its yogurt and cheese processing lines.
The World Cheese Awards, Birmingham, England, named Harbison from Cellars at Jasper Hill LLC, Greensboro, Vt., the Best American Cheese. An international panel of 250 judges evaluated over 2,700 cheeses in the awards program.
Weigel’s won a blue ribbon in the Tennessee State Fair for its chocolate milk. It is the third blue ribbon for chocolate milk for the Powell, Tenn.-based dairy. The others were in 2011 and 2014.
Glanbia PLC acquired thinkThin LLC for $217 million in November 2015. thinkThin markets a range of protein-enriched bars to food, natural and mass retail channels. The acquisition will increase Glanbia Performance Nutrition’s presence in the bar category and provide exposure to the rapidly expanding nutrition bar segment which is currently valued at $2.8 billion in U.S. retail, according to a statement.
The Private Label Manufacturers Association said its November 2015 Private Label Trade Show set records for exhibiting companies and attendance. Dairy and other food and beverage exhibitors accounted for more than 1,700 booths.
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board hired Holly Schmitz as its Midwest Regional Marketing Manager. Most recently she was the Business Development Manager for Advantage where she was responsible for all headquarter sales at Hy-Vee, Fareway Stores Inc., Roundy’s, Certco and Affiliated Midwest.
Thomas Lee Bauer was promoted to Principal Dairy Specialist at the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group. Bauer is actively involved in conducting due diligence on equity and debt investments and leads the dairy and farm input sectors for all dairy and farm input investments at the IFC. The investments represent the growing emerging dairy markets including Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Iraq, Ecuador, China, Uganda and India.
The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board awarded 22 academic scholarships to college students enrolled in programs that emphasize dairy. Morgan Richard, a student at Louisiana State University, earned the James H. Loper Jr. Memorial Scholarship, valued at $2,500.
Students (university affiliation) earning $1,500 scholarships are: Kayla Babbush (Cornell University), Sydney Endres (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Clint Gasser (Ohio State University), Morgan Goche (South Dakota State University), Simon Itle (Penn State University), Jacob Johnson (South Dakota State University), Kirby Krogstad (South Dakota State University), Sophia Josephine Leone (University of Arizona), Kara Maxwell (Iowa State University), Courtney McCourt (University of Wisconsin-Madison), N. Salvatore Millington (University of Maryland), Ashley R. Mohn (Delaware Valley University), Kristin Mohr (South Dakota State University), Andrea Pfaffenbach (South Dakota State University), Sarah Post (South Dakota State University), Sarabeth Christine Royer (Penn State University), Megan Schaefer (South Dakota State University), Mariah Schmitt (Iowa State University), Audrey Souza (South Dakota State University), Grant Henry Voelker (University of Missouri), Kaylee Wegner (South Dakota State University.
The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board is an affiliate of Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff.