Where is my milk from?

I have had a busy week. Gooseberry Patch Blog featured Beyer Beware yesterday. I am so excited to have a Feature Friday!!

Also, spent three days in Dallas talking about meat exports. Mainly talking about China and how much meat they need. Made me take pause and think about how we Americans don’t think about the global need for food and just worried about our own food needs.

In an age of local, organic, all natural, hormone free labels due to some food marketers capitalizing on some consumers thinking these labels mean higher quality, the rest of the world is trying to build bigger, more efficient farms. I guess if you have citizens who are not getting enough food, you don’t get hung up on things like, was the animal happy while it was alive.

A blog I follow, The Wife of a Dairy Man, recently showed me a cool website to discover where your milk and other dairy products are originating. So, I opened my fridge and grabbed a few items.

I bought this gallon of milk at Aldi’s. Yes, it is past the sell by date. I don’t throw milk out by sell buy date. It is good for 1-2 weeks past sell buy. So you will see the 18-1000 under the date. That is the plant number.

Go here to plug in the code on the milk carton to discover where it is from.

So, the Aldi’s milk comes from about two and a half hours away. I would say that is pretty local milk! This Schenkel Dairy bottles milk for Dean’s. Yeah, that Dean’s. So, what’s the lesson? Milk other than milk with a Dean’s label comes from the same plant.

Next, some Redi Whip. Of course after I squirted some straight into my mouth, I flipped it over and found my plant code. 18-1892.

Plant is Conagra Foods right nearby in Indianapolis. Score. Local again!

Next, my buttermilk from Kroger’s that I forgot about and is way expired. But, there is a code. 21021.

Turns out this came from Winchester, Kentucky. Winchester is about two and a half hours away. Local again. By the way, a lot of our milk when we still had the cows went to the Winchester plant. Most of our milk went into the Kroger products.

Now, for the yogurt. Yoplait yogurt. I was scared to find out where this was from. I am sort of a yogurt snob. I only like Yoplait. Code found again. 26-525.

Reed City, Michigan is where the Yoplait Yogurt plant is located. I was relieved. While it is half way up the mitten, it is still Midwestern raised cows that supplied milk for it!

So, where is your milk from? Go visit Where is My Milk From to find out!

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  1. Kristie says

    How neat is that!? Found out my milk is from Evart, MI-also a couple hours away from me. Good to know I'm supporting a local dairy! :-)

  2. ann says

    Sounds like a neat way to check on your milk.
    We have sold corn that was packaged in bags and shipped over to Japan or China. They did a lot of testing to make sure it was to their spec.

  3. Lana says

    You should google the Lafayette Journal and Courier. The headlines for Sat's paper was all about the predicted rise in beef prices! We have had several people call and put in their order for beef at $.98 a pound before it goes up to $1.30???? Good news/bad news for the farmer if he is also raising cattle! Feed prices will be going up!

    P.S. Sorry about your Illi! Must have been one crazy game. I was scrapping all day and missed my football games :-(

  4. Sarah says

    Thanks for sharing! So interesting that when I go for what I feel is the decent milk it is coming from California, but the cheap milk is from Portland, and I am in Washington State.

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