Nation’s leading dairy processor honors Frostbite with inaugural
Dean Foods CEO Quality Award
Toledo, OH – (April 29, 2013) – For its excellence in customer service and protecting quality from farm to table, Toledo-based Frostbite is the first recipient of the Dean Foods CEO Quality Award for ice cream. This award is the company’s top honor and Frostbite was selected over Dean Foods’ 8 other ice cream plants after a rigorous, one-year judging process.
The award was presented to Jeff Kramer, plant manager of Frostbite, on April 25 by Dean Foods CEO, Gregg Tanner. Tanner, whose visit to Frostbite is his first since taking the CEO post in late 2012.
“Dean Foods holds its plants to incredibly high standards, making for particularly stiff competition surrounding this award,” said Tanner. “We are delighted with the level of excellence Frostbite brought with it when it joined Dean Foods and we’re proud to hold them up as an example.”
This top honor is the culmination of an intensive assessment process. Five fluid milk plants and three ice cream plants, including Frostbite, were selected as Excellence in Quality Award winners based on six criteria such as Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program scores, training participation and consumer complaint improvement.
These eight plants were then scrutinized further by senior Dean Foods leadership who took into account quality innovations, best practices and the “quality culture” within the plant. Frostbite emerged as the cream of the crop in the ice cream category.
“Ninety percent of our ice cream products are made ready for retail. That’s why we continue to put an emphasis on the quality of our products, said Kramer. It is because of this commitment that we are so honored to be recognized as Dean Foods’ top ice cream plant.”
About Frostbite Novelty
Frostbite Novelty began in 1955 and today manufactures a variety of ice cream and frozen novelties for various brands and retailers. The products made by the 250 employees in Toledo include ice cream bars, fudge bars, toffee bars, crunch bars, twin pops, fruit bars, ice cream cups, ice cream sandwiches, pushups and other varieties.
About Dean Foods
Dean Foods is a leading food and beverage company in the United States. The Company’s Fresh Dairy Direct segment is the nation’s largest processor and direct-to-store distributor of fluid milk marketed under more than 50 local and regional dairy brands and private labels. Fresh Dairy Direct also distributes ice cream, cultured products, juices, teas, bottled water and other products. Dean Foods also holds a majority interest in The WhiteWave Foods Company, which produces and sells an array of nationally and internationally branded plant-based foods and beverages, coffee creamers and beverages, and premium dairy products. WhiteWave brands – including Silk®, Horizon Organic®, International Delight®, and LAND O LAKES® – are category leaders and consumer favorites. Alpro is the pan-European leader in branded soy food and beverage products with the Alpro® soya and Provamel® brands. For more information about Dean Foods, visit www.deanfoods.com.