Best dairy products to be announced at Riga Food 2020

The cooperative society Latvian Dairy Committee (LPCS) in cooperation with the International Exhibition Company BT 1 and the Latvian Packaging Association announces and organizes a competition for dairy products produced in Latvia, as well as a competition for dairy packaging produced in 2019/2020. The winners will be awarded at the Riga Food fair on 9 September.

This year, the competition for Latvian dairy products will determine the best in the following categories: skimmed milk curd with fat content up to 0.5% and the 2019/2020 new dairy product and the 2019/2020 packaging for a new dairy product.

The competition for Latvian dairy products will be held for the twenty-fourth time, and it has received a significant response from dairy farmers, as well as the appreciation of professionals and gourmets. Participation in the competition provides Latvian dairy farmers with a great opportunity to show their creative ingenuity in creating both innovative products and new tastes. Every product manufacturer tries to surprise consumers with something new by showing the variety of dairy products.

“The competition for dairy products has become a tradition for both dairy producers and a large proportion of consumers, especially those who follow news and product quality. One of the most important tasks of LPCS is to promote Latvian dairy products in society, as well as to certify their quality and natural origin. This is a great opportunity for companies to make the new product more familiar in the short run. I hope that this opportunity will be used both by those who participate in the competition every year and by new participants. This year, we will evaluate the new dairy products by both tasting and analysing the functionality of the packaging, conformity of the material, ecology, sustainability, design and labelling. Good luck to everyone!” tells the chairman of the Latvian Dairy Committee Jānis Šolks.

Dairy companies registered in Latvia are invited to apply for participation!

In order to participate in the competition for dairy products and packaging, applicants must submit a written application to LPCS by e-mail: before 17 August 2020. To get more information give a call +371 22035399 or write to Zane Jonaite: Find the competition rules on the websites: and

Judging panel
This year’s judging panel includes a head of the competition jury commission, a leading researcher of the Department of Food Technology, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, professor, Dr. sc. ing. Inga Ciproviča, LPCS board chairman Jānis Šolks, a senior expert at the Quality Department of the Food Safety, Animal Health and Environmental Research Institute BIOR Inese Ozollapa, Director General at the Food and Veterinary Service Māris Balodis, doctoral student at Riga Stradiņš University, a dietician Lolita Neimane, a director of the Process and Quality Management Department at Maxima Latvija Dace Grava, a head of the Dairy Product Category at Rimi Latvia Marta Gernere, , a chairman of the Latvian Packaging Association, member of the board of the World Packaging Organization, member of the European Packaging Institute Consortium Iveta Krauja, and a deputy director at Latvijas Zaļais punkts, environmental management project manager Laura Berga.

Award ceremony
Winners of the competition will be announced and awarded immediately after the official opening ceremony of the International Riga Food 2020 fair in the conference room 3 on 9 September., The winner and two runners-up in all product categories will receive the Riga Food 2020 gold, silver and bronze medals, as well as the LPCS and Latvian Packaging Association acknowledgement.

The competition for Latvian dairy products is held by the cooperative society Latvian Dairy Committee in cooperation with the International Exhibition Company BT 1, the Latvian Packaging Association. The competition is financially supported by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Riga Food – the major event of the food industry in the Baltics!
The international trade fair for food, beverages, food processing, technology and packaging, HoReCa equipment and services Riga Food 2020 takes place at Ķīpsala International Exhibition Centre in Riga, 9-12 September. 

The first photo shows the winners of last year’s competition for Latvian dairy products.