Awards Program

Quality Chekd's award program recognizes its member dairies that go above and beyond their peers in a variety of categories. Recipients gain prestige within the organization and their service areas, highlighting their achievements in production, quality, marketing and customer service. Our major awards, The Irving B. Weber Award and the Production Excellence Award, are given to the top plants who achieve the highest ranking in various categories and are recognized by their peers as the ‘BEST OF THE BEST” within our organization.

All of the awards are presented at the annual QCS Leadership Conference and are based off the previous calendar year’s performance.

Conference Awards Overview Press Release 

The Irving B. Weber Award

Patterned after the Malcolm Baldrige Award, the Weber is the highest honor for overall quality throughout the organization, based on effective implementation of quality focus in all areas, from process and product to customer service and satisfactionfor one plant location. The Weber Award Process









The Quality Chekd Production Excellence Awards - Fluid Milk, Cultured Products and Ice Cream Categories

These three Awards recognize the best single production plant within the organization in each of the three categories; Fluid Milk, Cultured Products and Ice Cream. All plants within the Quality Chekd organization are eligible to win these awards. The Production Excellence Awards highlight superior performance in finished product quality, plant appearance, cleanliness, efficiency, overall management leadership, and process control. Criteria includes laboratory test scores, and evaluation of a plant's process systems for assuring product quality. The evaluation stops at the dock and does not include sales, distribution, or marketing.

  • 2016 Winner-Fluid Milk Category, ALQUERIA DAIRY, SANTA MARTA, COLOMBIA.
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   Alqueria Photo PEA

  • 2016 Winner-Cultured Products & Ice Cream Categories, UMPQUA DAIRY FOODS COMPANY, Roseburg, OR.
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    Umpqua Group Photo


Quality Chekd Outstanding Marketing Achievement Awards

Best Single Product Campaign & Best Integrated Marketing Campaign - Honors the company with the greatest marketing achievements, an essential part of any brand-building program. Scores are based off of outlines, annual marketing plans, objectives, creativity, implementation and collateral materials utilized.

  • 2016 Winner-Best Single Product Campaign, PRAIRIE FARMS DAIRY, INC., Carlinville, IL. 
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    Alqueria Group Photo
  • 2016 Winner-Best Integrated Marketing Campaign, ALQUERIA DAIRY, BOGOTA, COLOMBIA.
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    Alqueria Marketing Image

Production Merit Of Excellence Awards

This program is used by Quality Chekd to recognize those plants which have achieved outstanding product quality performance based on results from the Mérieux NutriSciences/Quality Chekd Laboratory throughout the year.

Plant Assessment Awards

This award goes to member plants reaching 95 percent or higher on their 3rd party annual plant audit.

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