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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- For the second consecutive year, and for the third time in four years, Stewart’s Shops secured the 2008 Highest Quality Milk in New York State award, reported are television station Capital News 9.
"Our entire company is honored once again, especially all of our dairy processing employees who work diligently with our local dairy farms to ensure our customers receive only the highest quality milk products possible," Gary Dake, president of Stewart’s Shops Corp., told the station.
Cornell University’s Department of Food Science revealed the winner during the New York State Fair in Syracuse, N.Y. on Monday. The University collected samples from 19 dairy producers across New York State from July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007. The random samples of whole, 2 percent, 1 percent and skim milk were evaluated on criteria ranging from vitamin levels and flavor scores, to bacteria counts and antibiotic residue-free purity, according to the report.
Stewart’s began selling milk from its own Saratoga Dairy shops in 1957. Today, a select group of more than 50 dairy farmers from Saratoga, Washington and Northern Rensselaer Counties provide milk for the 325 Stewart’s Shops in Eastern New York and Western Vermont, noted Dake.