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Brookshire Grocery Co.’s manufacturing team has won the All Star Dairy Association’s quality assurance awards for Best Ice Cream Plant, Best Yogurt Plant, and Best Sour Cream Plant.
Additionally, its dairy and ice cream plants also received the “Exceeds Industry Standards” quality assurance award from the ASDA.
“This is the tenth year out of 11 that our ice cream plant has won top honors in the All Star Dairy Association’s awards program,” said BGC president and CEO Rick Rayford. “It’s the fourth out of four for BGC’s yogurt operation and third out of four for our sour cream plant. That just doesn’t happen by accident; it’s a day-in, day-out commitment to excellence and dedication to turn out the best dairy products money can buy. We’re proud of our manufacturing team’s results.”
The All Star Dairy Association reviewed 250 dairy and ice cream plants in 45 states in a rigorous, yearlong process of evaluating finished products to determine winners.
The evaluation consists of a 14-page, detailed food safety and quality audit performed by Randolph and Associates; four sets of sensory evaluations of finished products that include initial, 12-day and 14-day flavoring texture analysis; and laboratory testing that includes microbiological testing for coliform, yeast, mold, specific plate counts and analysis of total solid and fat percentages.
Tyler, Texas-based Brookshire Grocery Co. operates 151 stores in three states — Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas — with three distribution centers and seven manufacturing facilities.