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Minnesota Students Win Dairy Checkoff Competition

A University of Minnesota team took first place in the Dairy Management Inc.’s New Product Competition with a new cheese spread. The winning product met the contest’s guidelines of creating innovative dairy-based products for consumers’ health and wellness needs.

The students created Yay-tost, a creamy Norwegian-style brown, whey-based cheese spread that offers health-conscious consumers a good source of protein, contains three grams of dietary fiber, and is an excellent source of calcium. The product comes in an aluminum squeeze tube that is recyclable. The four winning students are studying food science and earned a first-place prize of $10,000. They were recognized during the American Dairy Science Association’s annual meeting in Florida. They first got the idea by noticing there’s a “niche missing for high-protein spread.”

The consistency of the product is somewhere between cream cheese and peanut butter and has almost no fat. To learn more, go to

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