DAIRY BRIEFS

- Foodservice Italian cheese processor Sartori Foods, Plymouth, Wis.,  hired Jeff Schwager as president.
“With more than 20 years of experience at Rite-Hite, Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to Sartori Foods. He has successfully built profitable businesses through people development and innovative products,” said Sartori Foods’ owner and CEO, James Sartori.
Chad Vincent
also joined Sartori as chief marketing officer.  Vincent was previously the chief branding officer and division president at Fiskars in Madison, Wis.

- Cheese and specialty foods processor Swiss-American Inc., St. Louis, said it earned SQF's 2000 Level 3 Certification for food safety and quality management systems. SQF is a division of the Food Marketing Institute.

- Happy 70th birthday, Elsie! Borden Milk is pulling out all the stops to honor America’s favorite “spokescow” this fall with a celebrity celebration, including a new children’s book honoring America’s iconic bovine. Selena Gomez, star of Disney’s “Wizards of Waverly Place,” will make a guest appearance at Elsie’s private birthday party at the State Fair of Texas to lead the singing of “Happy Birthday” and offer a toast of Borden’s cake-flavored milk to the famous cow with the smiley brown eyes.

To further commemorate the occasion, Borden is publishing a limited-edition children’s book about Elsie as part of its commitment to early childhood literacy. A champion of healthy reading habits, Borden is a proud sponsor of Reading Is Fundamental, the nation’s oldest and largest children and families’ literacy non-profit organization.

“Borden is excited to celebrate Elsie’s 70th birthday in the spotlight and we’re honored to have Selena Gomez and RIF help make it a true birthday bash,” said Rick Beaman, president of Borden. “We want to take this special opportunity to honor Elsie and thank everyone for having her be a part of their families for so many years.”