National Milk Day

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National Milk Day
Cathy Isom tells us a little history about milk and celebrating America’s number one beverage. January 11th is National Milk Day, which celebrates the actual day way back in 1878 when milk was first delivered in sterilized glass bottles. So make a toast to this wonderful food, and be sure to thank the dairy farmers who produce it.

National Milk Day

From National Day Calendar

The first day that milk was delivered in bottles was on January 11, 1878.  Each year, on the anniversary of that day people across the United States observe National Milk Day to celebrate America’s number one beverage.

Here is some milk trivia that you can share with your family and friends:

—  United States and Australia are the world’s largest exporters of milk and milk products.

—  Throughout the world, there are more than 6 billion consumers of milk and milk products.

—  In the Middle Ages, milk was called the virtuous white liquor because alcoholic beverages were more reliable than water.

—  1863 – French chemist and biologist Louis Pasteur invented pasteurization, a method of killing harmful bacteria in beverages and food products.

—  1884 – American Doctor Hervey Thatcher of New York City,  invented the first glass milk bottle, called ‘Thatcher’s Common     Sense Milk Jar’, which was sealed with a waxed paper disk.Later, in 1932, plastic-coated paper milk cartons were introduced commercially as a consequence of their invention by Victor W. Farris.

—  The females of all mammal species can by definition produce milk, but cow milk dominates commercial production. In 2011, FAO estimates  85% of all milk worldwide was produced from cows.   

—  Aside from cattle, many kinds of livestock provide milk used by humans for dairy products. These animals include: buffalo, goat, sheep, camel, donkey, horse, reindeer and yak.

—  Milk is processed into a variety of dairy products such as cream, butter, yogurt, kefir, ice cream and cheese.

—   Modern industrial processes use milk to produce casein, whey protein, lactose, condensed milk, powdered milk and many other food-additive and industrial products.

—  World Milk Day is celebrated on June 1.


Have a nice, big glass of milk. Use #NationalMilkDay to post on social media.