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Top Ten Best Milk Brands in the US (Will be chosen by consumer)

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Milk… Throughout the world, more than six billion people consume this nutrient-rich liquid food. The leading producer of cow milk worldwide was the European Union in 2020. In that year, the 28 countries of the European Union collectively produced about 157.5 million metric tons of cow milk. The United States came in second with a production volume of around 101 million metric tons. There were approximately 9.38 million milk cows in the United States in 2020. Since the early 1960s, per capita milk consumption in developing countries has increased almost twofold. However, the consumption of milk has grown more slowly than that of other livestock products; meat consumption has more than tripled and egg consumption has increased fivefold. In 2020, India consumed the most cow milk worldwide, drinking over 81 million metric tons. The next largest consumption of milk was in the European Union, at 33.4 million metric tons. The amount of liquid milk consumption in The United States was 21.2 million metric tons. Americans drank around 141 pounds per capita consumption of fluid milk products  in 2019 . So what brand of milk do you consume as an American? Which brand of milk will recommend to other consumers and which one you will not recommend.  Please join our vote and write your comments about the brands. The voting will end on December 31, 2021 and we will have chosen the top 10 milk brands of 2021 with your votes. 

2. Borden

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Founded in 1857 by Gail Borden, Jr., Borden is a heritage American brand that produces more than 35 wholesome and delicious products enjoyed by millions of people every day. Borden was the first company to develop a patent for the process of condensing milk, as well as the first company to use glass milk bottles. Today, Borden is headquartered in Dallas and operates 12 milk processing plants and nearly 100 branches across the U.S. that produce and distribute nearly 500 million gallons of milk annually for customers in the grocery, mass market, club, food service, hospitality, school and convenience store channels.

3. Straus Family Creamery

Based in Petaluma, CA, Straus Family Creamery is a Northern California, certified organic creamery offering minimally processed organic dairy products made from organic milk supplied by family farms in Marin and Sonoma Counties, including the Straus Organic Dairy Farm, which is the first certified organic dairy farm west of the Mississippi River. Straus Family Creamery, the first 100 percent certified organic creamery in the United States, continues to make business decisions based on its mission to help sustain family farms, revitalize rural communities, and protect the environment. The family-owned business sustains collaborative relationships with the family farms that supply it milk, offering stable prices and predictability in what can otherwise be a volatile marketplace.

4. Fairlife

fairlife, LLC was founded in 2012 to produce nourishing and great-tasting milk-based products made using a patented cold-filtration process that removes some natural sugars while concentrating the protein and calcium naturally found in real cows’ milk. The line of delicious, lactose-free fairlife® products includes: fairlife® ultra-filtered milk, which has 50% more protein and 50% less sugar than regular milk; fairlife® with DHA, ultra-filtered milk with DHA Omega-3 fatty acids to support brain health; fairlife YUP!®, a line of flavored milks; Core Power® High Protein Shakes, a sports nutrition drink to support post-workout recovery; fairlife nutrition plan®, a nutrition shake to support one’s journey to better health; and the newly launched fairlife® creamers, coffee creamers designed to help enhance your coffee experience.

6. Shamrock Farms

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Shamrock Farms® is one of the largest, family-owned milk companies in the country and has been challenging category conventions every day for more than three generations. Founded in 1922, Shamrock Farms is committed to perfecting the craft of dairy and strives to deliver the best-tasting products on the market. Its impressive portfolio of products, including Rockin’ Protein and Shamrock Farms ready-to-drink milk, can be found in retailers and more than 50,000 quick service restaurants nationwide. Based in Phoenix, Shamrock Farms has its own farm with a herd of more than 10,000 cows.

7. Prairie Farms

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Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc. is one of the largest and most successful dairy cooperatives in the Midwest, withover 700 farm families, 6000 employees, 44 manufacturing plants, over 100 distribution facilities and annualsales of over $3 billion. Prairie Farms is a nationally recognized leader in the dairy industry and is known forsetting the standard for milk flavor innovations and producing award-winning milk, cheese, and cultured dairyproducts. With headquarters in Edwardsville, Ill., the Prairie Farms distribution footprint covers over 30 percentof the United States; products are available in grocery chains, mass merchandiser stores, club stores,convenience stores, dollar stores, drug stores, schools, foodservice outlets and warehouse distribution centers.

8. Dairy Pure

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From farm to fridge, DairyPure® always provides fresh, pure, delicious milk products to families all across the country. Wherever you find DairyPure, it’s always shipped directly from your trusted dairy in refrigerated trucks. Since it starts close to home, it stays fresher for longer—and you always know exactly where it came from, since your local farm is right on the label.

9. Stonyfield Organic

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By saying no to toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics and GMOs, Stonyfield has been saying yes to healthy food, healthy people, and a healthy planet for 35 years. Stonyfield, a Certified B Corp, is also helping to protect and preserve the next generation of farmers and families through programs like its Direct Milk Supply and Wolfe’s Neck Organic Training Program as well as StonyFIELDS, a nationwide, multi-year initiative to help keep families free from toxic persistent pesticides in parks and playing fields across the country.

10. Lactaid

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Lactaid was founded by Alan E. Kligerman, a third-generation dairyman who got his start in the business of delivering milk to customers in Atlantic City. During his routes, Alan discovered that not everyone could enjoy his family’s delicious products due to lactose. Life without dairy? Alan wouldn’t stand for it.

So, Alan studied dairy science at Cornell and after graduating, founded Lactaid in 1974. At long last, those sensitive to the lactose in dairy had a delicious solution.

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