Dairy Foods is now accepting entries for its Dairy Plant of the Year award. Unlike in previous years — when the magazine invited readers to vote for dairy plants it profiled over the year to determine the winning plant — Dairy Foods will be judging this year’s program based on specific outstanding achievements outlined in the entries.

Any North American processing facility producing dairy-based foods and/or beverages is eligible to enter. To be considered for 2021 Dairy Plant of the Year honors, however, the dairy processing facility needs to have achieved outstanding accomplishments in one or more of the following categories between January 1, 2020 and June 1, 2021:

  • Plant expansion/retrofit
  • New construction
  • Sustainability
  • Food safety
  • Employee safety
  • Employee training programs
  • Plant efficiencies
  • Coronavirus-related efforts
  • New technology (automation, ERP, etc.)
  • Other specified area(s) of excellence

Companies may nominate their own plant(s), or the plant(s) may be nominated by one of their suppliers or service providers. By entering, the plant and company agree to the plant’s being profiled in Dairy Foods’ August 2021 issue and to participating in any necessary follow-up interviews/a plant visit if allowed by pandemic conditions.

Dairy Foods’ editors will judge each plant based on the breadth of accomplishments within one or more of the above areas. To enter, visit https://www.dairyfoods.com/plant-of-the-year-nomination. The deadline for entry is June 11, 2021.