Farm to Fridge

Ohio and West Virginia dairy farmers take a number of precautions to ensure milk — from our farms to your fridge — is of the safest and highest quality. Dairy foods are among the safest and most highly regulated foods available.

How do I know my milk is local?

Ohio and West Virginia are home to more than 260,000 dairy cows. Milk travels from our dairy farms to your table in as little as 48 hours, making it a fresh source of high-quality protein. In fact, most Americans live within 100 miles of a dairy farm.

How do I know my milk is safe?

Milk and milk products are among the safest and highest quality foods in the U.S., in large part due to the strict food safety controls and vigilance at every stage of dairy production, processing and distribution.

What is pasteurization?

Pasteurization is a simple, effective method to kill potentially harmful bacteria without affecting the taste or nutritional value of milk. With standard pasteurization, milk is heated to a temperature of at least 161°F for not less than 15 seconds, followed by rapid cooling.

What is homogenization?

Homogenization keeps milk textures consistent by mixing the milk so cream won’t separate and rise. After this step, milk is cooled and ready for bottling.