Celebrating National Milk Day With a2 MilkⓇ | a2 Milk® USA
Celebrating National Milk Day With a2 MilkⓇ | a2 Milk® USA

Celebrating National Milk Day With a2 MilkⓇ

Posted on January 8, 2019

In the United States, National Milk Day is January 11. Why? January 11 is believed to be the first day that milk was sold and delivered in glass bottles, back in 1878.

Here at a2 MilkⓇ, we’re excited to celebrate National Milk Day with you! To kick it off, here are a few fun and interesting facts that you may not have known about milk.

How milk is made and sold

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Cows produce 83% of milk around the world, while buffaloes produce 14% and goats produce 2%. India is the top producer of milk, followed by the U.S., and China and Pakistan tie for third place.

Echo Farms Dairy introduced the first milk bottles in New York City (but the milk was from Litchfield, Connecticut). It took a while for customers and other dairies to get used to the bottles, but eventually, milk bottles grew in popularity. Some cities even required that milk is delivered in glass bottles.

To cut down on plastic waste, a2 Milk’s cartons are made from recyclable paper. They use 80% less plastic than plastic milk bottles or jugs. Our recyclable cartons hit UK supermarkets in late 2018!

Health benefits of milk

Nutrients in milk like calcium and vitamin D help your body maintain strong, healthy bones. Approximately 99% of your body’s calcium is stored in your bones and teeth.

To get the same amount of calcium in one 8 oz glass of milk, you’d have to eat 16 servings of spinach, 4.5 servings of broccoli, and nearly 6 servings of whole wheat bread!

If you eat something too spicy, drink a sip of milk to cool your mouth down. Casein, one of the proteins in milk, cleanses your taste buds of the spicy stuff.

The cows who make your milk

There are 6 different breeds of dairy cows (with fun-sounding names): Brown Swiss, Jersey, Holstein, Guernsey, Ayrshire, and Milking Shorthorn. Holstein cows are some of the most recognizable cows because of their iconic black and white patches. Holsteins can also have red and white coloring instead of black and white.

The first cow came to America in 1611 and lived in Jamestown. Until the 1850s, almost every family in America had their own cow to provide their milk.

Milk from regular cows is a blend of A1 and A2 beta-casein protein. a2 MilkⓇ cows naturally produce milk that contains only A2 beta-casein protein, with no A1. Milk containing only A2 protein can be easier on your digestion and may help some avoid discomfort.

Every a2 MilkⓇ cow is treated as a V.I.C., or Very Important Cow. Our cows are fed a vegetarian, plant-based diet, and they’re never given growth hormones or antibiotics. Each sustainable family farm we work with makes sure our cows are kept in clean, comfortable, and healthy spaces.

7% of American adults still believe in a classic grade-school myth: chocolate milk comes from brown cows!

Enjoy a2 Milk® all year round!

Celebrate National Milk Day – and every day after that – with a glass of our whole milk, reduced fat milk, or delicious chocolate milk. We have real cows’ milk for every milk lover out there! Only a2 MilkⓇ comes from cows that naturally produce A2 protein only, which may help some avoid discomfort.

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