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Rochester Kemps plant wins 3 awards

October 5, 2018

When it comes to frozen dairy treats, Rochester’s Kemps plant is number one … and two … and three.

Kemps, based in St. Paul, recently took home three awards for its Rochester-made creations at the 2018 World Dairy Expo Championship in Kansas City.

The national contest, sponsored by the Wisconsin Dairy Products Association, received more than 1,400 entries in 82 categories from across the U.S. this year.

Kemps is a subsidiary of the agriculture cooperative Dairy Farmers of America or DFA that makes all of its ice cream, frozen yogurt and sherbet at the 180-employee facility at 401 N. Broadway. It also owns a milk facility at 700 First Ave. SE in Rochester.

At the annual World Dairy Expo earlier, Kemps took home more than its usual awards.

It won first and second place awards in the sherbet competition for its raspberry sherbet and its rainbow sherbet, which features orange, lemon and lime flavors.

“We do make an awesome sherbet,” said Rachel Kyllo, Kemps’ senior vice president of growth and innovation.

Kemps also took a second place in the frozen yogurt category for its Twisted Dough, which is chocolate and vanilla frozen yogurt swirled with sea salt fudge, chocolate chip cookie dough and fudge brownies.

In the peanut butter-flavored category, Rochester took a third place for Kemp’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Ice Cream.

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