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All About Milk--Good for Moms, Good for Kids

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June Dairy Month, an annual tradition developed to celebrate the dairy industry and its many contributions to our society, originated in 1937. The cooperation between farmers and other community members are really the basis of what June Dairy Month is all about.

Things You Might Not Know About Dairy Products

Milk

Starbucks® uses 2% of the nation's milk in their growing coffee drink business.

PayDay Pro bars use 15 million pounds of milk annually.

Turn your glass of milk into a flavor with the new Sipahh™ milk flavoring straws.The milk is sucked through flavor beads and a filter to create a new taste when it reaches your mouth.

It takes more than 21 pounds of whole milk to make one pound of butter.

The natural yellow color of butter comes mainly from the beta-carotene found in the grass cows eat.

More than 1,000 new dairy products are introduced every year.

The largest share of milk products is sold through retail supermarkets, followed by dairy and convenience stores.

The percentage of milk sold in paper containers continues to decline, while 82% of milk was sold in plastic in 2001 (the latest data available).

The U.S. exports more than 9% of its milk production annually.

It takes 3 to 3 1/2 cups of broccoli to equal the calcium in one cup of milk. Milk and dairy products are the most readily available sources of calcium, providing about 73% of the calcium in our food supply.

Culver's® saw skyrocketing sales of both chocolate and white milk since the introduction of single serve milk in plastic bottles debuted in 2006.

One cow produces about 350,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

About 700,000 cows are needed to make all the dairy items sold through the Wal-Mart® chain.

Cheese

People crave cheese more than any other food.

More than 10 pounds of milk go into one pound of cheese.

U.S. cheese consumption reached a new record high of 31.3 pounds per capita in 2005. Greeks eat the most cheese, an average of 54 pounds each year.

Cheddar is the most popular natural cheese in the U.S. (Cheddar accounts for 9.39 pounds per capita or 27 percent pound share.)

A cheese maker kneads mozzarella cheese with his hands, like a baker making bread, until he obtains a smooth, shiny paste, a strand of which he pulls out and lops off, forming the individual mozzarella.

The fastest growing flavor of cheese is Havarti with a 12.55 percent growth from 2004 to 2005.

Super Bowl Sunday rates as the No. 1 day for pizza consumption.In second, using huge amounts of cheese, is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

The United States' largest importer of cheese is Mexico. (21,400 metric tons, about $65 million dollars.)

Cheese making dates back more than 4,000 years.

The concept of mozzarella sticks has its origins in the 14th century.A recipe for fried cheese sticks, referred to as pipefarces (which means stuffed straws) dated 1393 was found in a French work, entitled Le Me'nagier de Paris.These sticks were "Munster sticks" as opposed to Mozzarella sticks.

Travelers from Asia are believed to have brought the art of cheese making to Europe, improved by the monks of many European monasteries.

The Pilgrims included cheese in the supplies on board the Mayflower.

The first U.S. cheese factory was established in Oneida County, New York, in 1851.

The average buyer purchases cheese 15 times each year at retail.

More than one-third of all milk produced each year in the U.S. is used to manufacture cheese.

About 300 varieties of cheese are sold in the United States.

Enjoying steady growth in demand, Mozzarella is the dominant type of Italian cheese produced in the U.S.The fastest growing variety of cheese produced in the U.S. is Hispanic-style soft cheeses.

Ice Cream

It takes 12 pounds of whole milk to make one gallon of ice cream.

Vanilla is America's favorite ice cream flavor.

Ice cream's origins go back as farm as the second century B.C. Historians estimate that ice cream evolved from flavoring frozen snow with fruit juices to what we now know as ice cream somewhere around the 16th century.

Until 1800, ice cream was a rare and exotic dessert when insulated icehouses were invented. Ice cream manufacturing then became an industry.

Federal regulations say that ice cream must have at least 10 percent milk fat. Gourmet or premium ice cream has at least 12 percent milk fat.

Ice cream lovers drive U.S. production to 1.6 billion gallons of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and other related products.

Two states-California and Indiana-account for more than 22% of all the regular ice cream produced in the U.S.Other large ice cream producing states include Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Minnesota.

Ice cream novelties such as ice cream on a stick and ice cream bars were introduced in the 1920's.

More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week

First Lady Dolly Madison created a sensation by serving ice cream as a dessert at an inaugural ball.

Foodservice

Approximately 40% of all cheese is served in the food service channel.

Domino's™ delivers nearly 1,000,000 pizzas each day, covering nine million miles each week in the U.S. alone (that's 37.5 round trips to the moon every week!).

If all the cows it takes to produce Pizza Hut® cheese stood end to end, they would span the distance between the international space station and Earth at its point closest to the planet (333 kilometers or 207 miles).

McDonald's® uses approximately 4 million gallons of low fat vanilla yogurt each year in its Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait.

Moo river: a lake containing all the milk used annually to make Pizza Hut® cheese would cover 1,130 acres at a depth of about one foot.

Calling all cows: it takes more cows to produce milk annually for Pizza Hut® cheese (about 170,000) than there are people living in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Each man, woman and child in America eats an average of 46 slices (23 pounds) of pizza a year.

General

The 3-A-Day of Dairy logo is recognized by 74% of moms.

Celebrity Naomi Campbell launched the Milk Mustache campaign in November of 1994.

Americans love their yogurt, helping to drive a 7.1% increase this past year in yogurt production.(52 weeks ending 3/26/06)

Each year 77% of households purchase refrigerated yogurt.Drinkable yogurts are gaining in popularity; but, only 26%t of households purchased yogurt drinks.



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