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It’s dairy milk from local US farms that’s free from A1 protein. There are 2 main types of beta-casein protein, A1 and A2. Ordinary cows’ milk contains both.  a2 Milk® is real milk that comes from cows that naturally produce only the A2 protein and no A1.  Research has shown the A2 protein does not cause digestive discomfort for some people. There are many people who feel uncomfortable after they drink ordinary milk, yet they may be able to enjoy a2 Milk® without discomfort.  Learn more

Anyone who is not allergic to cows’ milk or has not been medically diagnosed with lactose intolerance can try a2 Milk®.  It is also an option for those with dairy sensitivities.  A survey found that 1 in 4 Americans have discomfort after drinking ordinary cows’ milk, but in some cases, it is possible their symptoms may be caused by a sensitivity to the A1 protein!

a2 Milk® only contains the A2 protein and no A1.  All ordinary cows’ milk has a mixture of A1 and A2 proteins. Research shows A2 protein does not cause digestive discomfort for some people and many people who have issues drinking ordinary milk may be able to enjoy milk if they drink a2 Milk®. The a2 Milk CompanyTM uses comprehensive herd selection to choose cows which don’t produce A1 protein. Learn more

Plant-based beverages are fortified with additional vitamins and minerals like calcium and protein to match the natural protein of cows’ milk. These essential ingredients that are naturally occurring in cows’ milk are more easily absorbed than with plant-based beverages.

In most cases, yes. Children who have a cows’ milk allergy or with medically-diagnosed lactose intolerance should not drink a2 Milk® or any cows’ milk.

Doctors recommend whole milk for children over 12 months and reduced fat (2%) milk for children over the age of two.

Absolutely. a2 Milk® is produced from US cows and not imported. All our family farms are independently certified by the Validus Group to ensure they meet strict animal welfare guidelines.  Learn more

a2 Milk® is still relatively new to the US. a2 Milk® has been available in Australia for over a decade and now has close to 10% share of the total fresh milk grocery market. Building on that success, we’ve since launched in the US and are expanding to new stores around the country.

a2 Milk® is a natural source of essential nutrients needed for proper development and growth; plant-based options are often heavily fortified which means their nutrients are more difficult for your body to use. Also, there are no added enzymes in a2 Milk® like those found in Lactaid. Adding lactase pre-digests the lactose in Lactaid which may make it taste sweeter.  With a2 Milk® you won’t have to compromise digestive comfort for taste!

  • And if there’s anyone in the family who experiences digestive discomfort after drinking ordinary dairy milk that is not caused by a cows’ milk allergy or medically-diagnosed lactose intolerance, a2 Milk® may be an option you can have in your fridge that the whole family will enjoy instead of having to keep multiple milk types.

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Validus Animal Welfare Review Certification is awarded to farms that follow strict guidelines concerning the ways and conditions in which animals are raised for meat and dairy. Farms receiving animal welfare certification undergo a detailed assessment and audit of their on-farm practices, including proper animal handling and management, herd health procedures and care and housing that promotes animal comfort and cleanliness. You can visit ValidusCertified.com to learn more.

Yes. a2 Milk® is real dairy milk and contains the same amount of lactose as ordinary cows’ milk. We do not recommend it to people who have been medically diagnosed with lactose intolerance.

It is possible some people who perceive they are lactose intolerant, rather than being medically diagnosed as lactose intolerant by a healthcare professional, may find they can drink a2 Milk® without the digestive symptoms they typically experience after drinking ordinary dairy milk. This may be because their digestive symptoms are caused by a sensitivity to the A1 protein rather than lactose. If you are not medically-diagnosed as lactose intolerant, a2 Milk® may be a great option for you! Learn more

a2 Milk® is naturally occurring cows’ milk; it’s not a result of a technological process or genetic engineering. While we’re not seeking organic certification at this point, we guarantee that our milk is completely free of any added hormones, rBST and antibiotics. In addition, all our family farms are independently certified by the Validus Group to ensure they meet strict animal welfare guidelines. It’s important to remember that all ordinary cows’ milk currently sold in the US, whether it’s organic or not, is a mix of A1 and A2 protein and therefore cannot offer the unique benefits of the a2 Milk® brand.

Yes, a2 Milk® is certified Kosher Dairy.

a2 Milk® is real cows’ milk containing only the A2 protein. Many people find a2 Milk® reduces digestive discomfort compared to ordinary milk, which contains both A1 and A2 protein. It should taste just like regular dairy milk.

The humane treatment of animals is of the utmost importance to us. All of our farms are trained and audited for the humane treatment of animals. We guarantee that our cows are not treated with growth hormones or rBST and our milk is antibiotic free. Learn more

 

We are continuously expanding a2 Milk® to more stores nationwide, but I recommend going to the store locator to find a store near you.  The store locator will also show you which varieties that store carries - 1% Low Fat, 2% Reduced Fat, Whole and Chocolate.

We are focusing on milk as we continue to grow and increase our store distribution, but we’re always evaluating new options for the future. We also have recipes for homemade cheese, yogurt, cream and more that are made with a2 Milk® on our website if you want to make your own! Check back online for any product updates.

a2 Milk® may assist some people with reducing the symptoms of digestive discomfort that they experience after drinking ordinary milk, as these symptoms may be caused by a sensitivity to the A1 protein.  But because it is real dairy milk, it is great for those without milk sensitivity as well.  It has the same nutrition, taste, and texture as ordinary cows’ milk so it’s the only milk you need in your fridge!

Proteins are large biological molecules made up of long chains of amino acids and are an essential part of any diet. Please visit a2milk.com for more nutritional information.

Beta-casein is a type of protein in milk. There are two main types of beta-caseins: A1 and A2 beta-casein protein. Most cows’ milk sold in the use contains a blend of A1 and A2 proteins. Other milks, like goat, sheep and camel contain only A2 beta casein protein.  Learn more

 

If you’ve been avoiding dairy for some time, a2 Milk® should be introduced slowly back into your diet. Bonnie Johnson, our registered dietitian nutritionist, recommends starting small.  You can add a couple of tablespoons in coffee or tea, or a small amount on your cereal.  We have a great blog on our website with more details on how to reintroduce dairy back into your diet – you should check it out!

Yes. a2 Milk® contains the same amounts of calcium and other important minerals and nutrients as cows’ milk because it is real dairy milk.

We’re so pleased to hear it you love a2 Milk®! We’d love to share your positive experience with others.  You can submit your story and check out other great stories on the a2milk.com testimonial page.

Yes. a2 Milk® real cow’s milk which naturally contains whey.  If you have a whey allergy, you should not drink a2 Milk®.

a2 Milk® has been fortified with Vitamins A and D, which is the required standard for all cows’ milk in the US. All reduced or low-fat varieties of milk sold in California are required to replace the removed fat with non-fat milk solids (including protein, calcium and assorted vitamins and minerals).  Other than complying with these mandatory standards, a2 Milk® is additive free.

You can find nutritional information on every carton of a2 Milk® or on a2milk.com

Homogenization is a process used to blend the natural fat found in milk, throughout the fluid portion of milk so it doesn’t separate when it sits on the shelf. Homogenized milk generally has a longer shelf life than un-homogenized milk. Most milk available in the US is homogenized.

 

Ultra-pasteurization is a method of heating milk for a short time to kill bacteria which would cause the milk to spoil and gives milk a longer shelf life.

Like a2 Milk®, goat/camel/sheep’s milk only contain the A2 protein – and none of the A1 protein that can cause digestive issues for some people and is in most cows’ milk.

Vitamin A is added in the form of palmitate and Vitamin D is derived from the natural oil in sheep’s wool.

Cows’ milk allergy is a condition that is different from lactose intolerance. If you or your child has been medically-diagnosed with a cows’ milk allergy or lactose intolerance, you should consult your healthcare professional before consuming ANY cows’ milk variety, including a2 Milk®.

Absolutely not! a2 Milk® is a naturally occurring cows’ milk, not a result of a technological process or genetic engineering. a2 Milk® comes from specially selected cows that naturally produce only the A2 protein and no A1.

We pay a premium to our farmers for their milk, which overall improves their profitability. This allows them to prosper and reinvest in their farms.

Our cows have a balanced plant-based diet of grass and grain. The diet of our cows is dependent on their location and what their climate allows. However, all our family farms are also independently certified by the Validus Group to ensure they meet strict animal welfare guidelines.

We’ve had overwhelming demand for our product and are trying our best to keep it stocked.  If you would like to make us aware of the issue in your area, please email us at [email protected] and we can pass your concern along to our Supply Chain team.

We’re happy to talk to farmers who wish to join us in producing a2 Milk®. Interested farmers should contact us at [email protected].

a2 Milk® is exclusively brought to you by The a2 Milk Company™.  Learn more about our company here.

After careful consideration, a2 Milk® has decided to phase out its Fat Free milk.  As we develop new products and expand our distribution, we will occasionally need to discontinue products that are not as popular.  We really appreciate your business and offer a 1% Low-Fat option that is great tasting with only 2.5g fat. Go to store locator to find out where 1% Low Fat is sold near you!

We are excited to hear that so many people are looking for a2 Milk® and are working hard to increase our store distribution across the US!  Please follow us online for the latest updates.

We are in the process of continuously expanding a2 Milk® to more stores nationwide, but I recommend going to the store locator to find a store near you.

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