LINCOLNSHIRE, ILL. – Saputo Dairy USA’s cultured products stood out at the 2022 World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest, with three first-place awards, as well as one runner-up.

The cheese and dairy producer’s sour creams received three awards. Saputo’s lite sour cream earned a first-place medal in the lowfat sour cream category, its crema Mexicana 18% secured first place in the Hispanic plain sour cream category and its all-natural sour cream took second in the sour cream category.

The company’s regular cottage cheese with pineapple also brought home a first-place prize in the open flavor cottage cheese category.

"We're extremely proud of the teams who craft these products with the utmost care," said Christina Fiocchi, Saputo Dairy USA’s director of category management. "This recognition is a testament to their hard work and expertise and reflects Saputo's commitment to producing high-quality products."

Saputo’s products are sold not only under a number of the company's brand names, but also under customer brand names. The company makes cultured products for retail, foodservice and industrial channels.

Judging for this year’s contest took place from Aug. 23-25 at MATC Culinary Arts School in Madison, Wis. Organizers for the event said there was a record number of total entries (1,560), including cheese, butter, fluid milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, sour cream, sherbet, cultured milk, sour cream dips, whipping cream, whey and creative/innovative products from North American dairy processors.

This first, second and third place winners in each category can be found online at the Wisconsin Dairy Products Association website.