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HP Hood Wins 11 Awards in 2011 NY State Fair Dairy Products Competition

Syracuse, NY (August 16, 2011)

HP Hood LLC and its subsidiaries, which include Crowley Foods, Penn Maid, Axelrod and Heluva Good!, were recently recognized with 11 awards at the annual New York State Fair Dairy Products Competition, held in Syracuse, NY. HP Hood facilities in New York were honored with three Gold Medals, four Silver Medals, and four Awards of Excellence. Medals will be awarded to winners during a ceremony on Dairy Day, August 29th. "The NY State Fair dairy products competition reaffirms HP Hood's commitment to manufacture great tasting, high-quality dairy products," said Lynne Bohan, spokesperson for HP Hood. "We are extremely proud of the employees at all of our New York facilities."The awards are coordinated through Cornell University's Department of Food & Science in conjunction with the New York Milk Quality Improvement Program in an effort to improve the consistency and quality of milk. A blind sampling of dairy products are tested on a variety of factors, including vitamin and fat content, bacteria levels and, most importantly, taste.HP Hood facilities in New York received awards in the following categories:Cottage Cheese / Full FatGold: ArkportSilver: LaFargevilleAward(s) of Excellence: Vernon, LaFargevilleLowfat Cottage CheeseGold: ArkportAward of Excellence: ArkportNonfat Cottage CheeseGold: ArkportAward of Excellence: ArkportCream Cheese / NeufchatelSilver: LaFargevilleSour CreamSilver: VernonLowfat YogurtSilver: LaFargevilleBased in Massachusetts, HP Hood delivers dairy products throughout the United States and operates a total of 16 manufacturing plants.About HoodFounded in 1846, today Hood is one of the largest branded dairy operators in the United States.  Hood is the number-one dairy brand in New England, and Hood's portfolio of national and super-regional brands and franchise products includes Hood, Crowley Foods, Simply Smart Milk, Heluva Good!, LACTAID®, HERSHEY®'S Milk and Milkshakes, and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®. For more information about Hood, please visit # #Contact: Sarah Barow, 617-887-8455Lynne Bohan, 617-887-8321