As part of the ongoing effort to revitalize and build awareness of the dairy industry's iconic REAL Seal, the National Milk Producers Federation is inviting the public to help choose the name that will be given to a cartoon character modeled after the logo.
The character will be used online and in other applications in the future.
"We're excited to use this character to help kids, parents, and dairy fans of all ages learn about real dairy products and foods made with real American dairy products, when they're browsing the grocery store aisles and eating in restaurants," said NMPF Chief Operating Officer Jim Mulhern.
Throughout the summer, NMPF used the REAL Seal website and Facebook page to gather submissions for the naming contest. More than 110 individual suggestions were entered. After a review process, the three most fitting candidates were selected. They are:
• Dairyus – Submitted by Kathryn in Clermont, Iowa (honorable mentions to Ed in Tipton, Iowa, and Joe in Washington, D.C., for alternate spellings)
• Milkdrop – Submitted separately by Roger in Franklin, Ky., and Cecelia in Amelia, Va.
• Roscow – submitted by Gavin in Fairfax, Va. (honorable mention to Sara in East Syracuse, N.Y., for an alternate spelling)
To choose among these three finalists, voters can visit www.realseal.com to select a favorite.
The online voting link will be open through Tuesday, Nov. 5th. Only one vote per computer will be allowed. The result will be announced November 13th at the NMPF annual meeting in Phoenix.