A local business that has been around since 1889 is putting itself on the map with a popular Quad Cities condiment.
Boetje Foods Inc., known for its gourmet Dutch-style mustard, recently won first place and received a gold medal in the 2020 World-Wide Mustard Competition.
This is the third time the Rock Island-based business has taken home any sort of award by entering in the competition, and the second time they’ve placed first in it.
“We are very excited to announce that Boetje’s Mustard has once again received a gold medal in the annual World-Wide Mustard Competition!” the company announced in a blog post on their website Monday afternoon.
The World-Wide Mustard Competition — which is hosted annually by the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wisconsin — awards a gold, silver and bronze medal to the top three mustards in each category. A Grand Champion award goes to the best of the gold medals.
This year’s competition featured 17 categories, including the Deli/Brown category Boetje’s entered in and won.
According to the official entry form, the ideal Deli/Brown mustard “is usually tightly-grained or coarse and is the crowning touch to a corned beef sandwich.” The form goes on to say “horseradish, garlic or other ingredients may be present, but the mustard should be what any typical delicatessen would use for its traditional deli sandwiches,” adding that judges sample each mustard with deli meat.
Boetje’s says they’re “excited to be recognized in this category” and are “happy to make all your deli sandwiches delicious!”
More information about Boetje Foods Inc. and their products is available here.