Award Dinner-Kleinpeter

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2018 award dinner


D. Benjamin “Ben” Kleinpeter

2018 Grace "Mama" Marino Lifetime Achievement Award winner

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel
7000 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Dinner menu provided by:

Chef Drue Vitter, Renaissance Hotel
Chef Joshua Hebert, The Cabin Restaurant and Events
Chef Kiet “Ricky” Hoang, Tsunami
Chef Jeremy Langlois, White Oak Plantation
Chef Susan Strange, City Pork Brasserie and Bar
Chef Chris Nicosia and Chef Alex Hamman,
Louisiana Culinary Institute 


D. Benjamin “Ben” Kleinpeter




2018 Award Recipient 

Ben Kleinpeter is one of eleven children born to Leon and Lillian Gibbens Kleinpeter.  His great-great-great-grandfather arrived in South Louisiana with his family of twelve on August 12, 1774.

Ben was married to the late Jean McCulloh Kleinpeter, has seven children, fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Just like everyone in the Kleinpeter family, he began working on the family’s dairy farm at a very early age.

Ben Kleinpeter graduated from St. Stanislaus in 1945. While at “St. Stan,” he was a member of the Rock-A-Chaw basketball, football and boxing teams.

After his graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, proudly serving our country as an infantry sergeant until 1948 when he returned home to the family business.  His success at Kleinpeter Dairy centered on two ideals: the importance of teamwork and strong customer relations.  Great tasting dairy products start with good dairy farmers, precise processing at the plant, and dedicated delivery salespeople.  Spending the majority of his career developing and maintaining close customer relations resulted in strong community ties that remain to this day.

In 1987, Ben became sole owner of his family’s company.  Today, Kleinpeter Farms Dairy is the largest independent dairy in Louisiana.

Ben Kleinpeter has always been a strong advocate for education, historical preservation, and wildlife preservation. He was environmentally conscious long before other businesses recognized the importance of being “green.”  His company is a recipient of the Governor’s Louisiana’s Conservation Corporation of the Year Award.

He has been a longtime supporter of many community organizations helping each accomplish its mission.


Ben believes the “vehicle to success is being involved in your community and always doing your best.”