Rock House Creamery, an artisan dairy specializing in all-natural creamline milk, has taken the prize for best dairy product at University of Georgia’s 2018 Flavor of Georgia Contest with its New World Chocolate Milk.
“We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to compete in The Flavor of Georgia contest against some of the state’s finest brands and new food products. It’s an honor to have been chosen and affirming for all the time and energy we put into producing the product, from formulation to packaging and marketing,” said Keith Kelly, owner, Rock House Creamery.
The winning formula for Rock House Creamery’s chocolate milk starts with its creamline whole milk. Creamline milk is one of the most natural forms of milk. It is pasteurized but not homogenized, and therefore develops a rich creamline on top, so you have to give it a little shake before drinking. Then by adding only highest quality ingredients, such as West African cocoa beans, you get a rich, complex flavor and a truly unique taste.
A team of food industry experts and grocery buyers chose Rock House Creamery’s chocolate milk as the best product in the contest’s Dairy Category. They rated the products on qualities including innovation, use of Georgia theme, market potential and flavor.
“Quality products start with quality inputs. Our cows are a 3-way cross of Holstein, Jersey and Swedish Red which produce a milk high in butterfat, for an exceptional flavor and finish,” said Kelly.
The 2018 Flavor of Georgia contest is the 12th annual event. This contest, conducted by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is a chance for food businesses to showcase their new products. Category winners were recognized by Governor Nathan Deal, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean and Director Sam Pardue at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta.
“We had over 125 products submitted this year and some of the toughest competition we’ve seen in the contest’s 12-year history,” said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator. “The 33 products represented are truly the best of the best.”
The winners are listed below by prize name, product name, company name and town.
- Grand Prize Winner and Miscellaneous Category: Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter, Goodson Pecans, Leesburg
- Finalists’ Choice Award and Honey Category: H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey Creamed Healthy, H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey, Statesboro
- Barbecue Sauces: Lane’s BBQ Sorta White BBQ Sauce, Lane’s BBQ, Bethlehem
- Beverages: Olympus Greek Mountain Blueberry Citrus Tea, Olympus Greek Mountain Teas, Lawrenceville
- Confections: Brown Butter Crunch Gelato, Honeysuckle Gelato, Atlanta
- Dairy Products: New World Chocolate Milk, Rock House Creamery, Newborn
- Jams and Jellies: Wild Elderberry Pepper Jelly, Fairywood Thicket Farm, Fairburn
- Meat and Seafood: Applewood Smoked Bacon, Pine Street Market, Avondale Estates
- Condiments and Salsas: Sourwood Balsamic Vinegar, Built by Bees, Atlanta
- Sauces and Seasonings: Cajeta, Bootleg Farm, LLC, Springfield
- Snack Foods: Sugar and Spice Cashews, High Cotton Company, Sandy Springs
Rock House Creamery also produces an old-fashioned whole fat buttermilk, a variety of hand crafted cheeses, including their popular Clack’s Cheese Curds, fromage spread, cheddars, and tommes, all which can be found at local retailers, including Farmview Market, in Madison.
Rock House Creamery offers wholesale distribution and tours and field trips. For more information, contact Haley Gilleland at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Rock House Creamery visit rockhousecreamery.com.