Quality chekd names Umpqua Dairy finalist for total quality performance award

Roseburg, Oregon Dairy contending for Quality Chekd's prestigious Irving B. Weber Award

Naperville, Ill. February 15, 2007 Quality Chekd Dairies, Inc. selected Umpqua Dairy Products, Co. as a finalist for the notable Irving B. Weber Award, the highest Quality Chekd recognition for overall quality. Quality Chekd, a member-owned organization of dairy processors, will recognize the finalists and select a winner at its QCS Leadership Conference to be held April 22-24, 2007, at the Marriott Denver Tech Center, in Denver, Colorado.

The Irving B. Weber Award, named in honor of Quality Chekd's first president, recognizes a dairy company for excelling in overall company achievement. The recipient of this award must earn the highest annual scores for leadership, customer satisfaction, production quality, marketing communications, staff development and business ethics. The Weber Award is modeled after the U.S. Commerce Department's esteemed Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

"Only our peak performers make it to this level," said Peter Horvath, managing director of Quality Chekd. "The dairies go through a rigorous evaluation process and product lab testing throughout the entire year. To make it this far is commendable."

To be eligible for the invitation-only Weber Award, each dairy first has to surpass requirements in each of the following categories: leadership and commitment to total quality improvement; product quality, human resource development and management; facility and improvement projects; marketing programs; customer satisfaction programs; efficient inventory and loss control programs; and outstanding plant sanitation.

Umpqua Dairy Products Company will receive a trophy in recognition of its accomplishment as a finalist for the Irving B. Weber Award. Umpqua Dairy has won the prestigious Weber Award in 1998, 2004 & 2006.

Headquartered in Roseburg, Umpqua Dairy has distribution centers in Eugene, Portland, Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Central Point, Klamath Falls and Redding, CA. The award winning line of dairy, ice cream and juice products are distributed throughout Oregon, Washington and Northern California. A tradition of unsurpassed quality, freshness and customer service makes Umpqua Dairy the number one choice for delicious, refreshing dairy products in the northwest.

About Quality Chekd
Quality Chekd is a member-owned organization of 29 dairy processors located throughout the United States, Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia. Headquartered in Naperville, Illinois, Quality Chekd provides member dairies with the support services they need to assure that consumers receive the highest quality dairy products possible. Quality Chekd member services include quality and food safety testing, training and education, marketing and procurement. For more information, please visit http://www.qchekd.com.