August 27, 2014
UPSTATE NIAGARA NAMED BEST MILK IN NEW YORK STATE
Upstate Niagara Cooperative Honored by Cornell University
Buffalo, NY – Western New York’s local dairy processor, Upstate Niagara Cooperative, has been recognized for their production of quality products by being named the 2014 Best Milk processor by Cornell University’s New York State Milk Quality Improvement Program, a dairy farmer-funded program. The Buffalo-based dairy cooperative scored a 99.4 out of a possible 100 with fluid milk from their Buffalo facility, beating out the other 16 plant participants.
Announced at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY, Upstate Niagara graciously accepted the award after samples of their fluid milk underwent rigorous analysis by program officials throughout the last year. Microbiological and chemical tests were performed at Cornell University to analyze various requirements to meet butterfat content, taste, odor and post-pasteurization bacteria counts within the milk’s sell-by date.
Jim Murphy, Upstate Niagara Cooperative’s Chief Science Officer said, “With our roots in New York State, every member of our farmer-owned co-op takes enormous pride in being named the best fluid milk processor. It feels great to be recognized by our industry on the state-wide level.”
The cooperative also won five (5) other awards in a variety of categories at the regional competition, including honors for Upstate Farms yogurt, Bison dip, Bison cottage cheese, and Upstate Farms buttermilk. Upstate Niagara’s cottage cheese, marketed under the Bison brand label, and Buttermilk from the Buffalo facility site also received accolades with an Award of Excellence with a score of 95 or better.