From Milkshakes to Double Nonfat Lattes…

…New Dairy Product Developments Help You on Your Way to 3 Every Day!

Advances in technology, packaging, and product innovation give consumers an array of choices in the dairy case that offer “something for everyone.”

People today have more options than ever to meet their recommended three servings of dairy — milk, cheese, or yogurt — every day. You can find new packaging for milk in many school vending machines, as well as on the cafeteria serving lines. At quick-serve restaurants, milk comes in new flavors and in kid-appealing packaging. You’ll find cheese and yogurt dressing up salads and desserts. Looking for something extra-special in cheese? Artisanal (handmade) cheeses are the latest darling of the deli.

Behind the scenes, food-makers have created yogurts that offer higher levels of probiotics and milk that helps to lower cholesterol to improve health. Also, they’ve discovered the versatility of other dairy ingredients, such as whey and powdered cheeses, to boost the nutrition, texture and flavor of their products.

Innovation and technology research is funded by America’s dairy farmers as part of a national promotion and research program. Finding ways to meet consumer demands for products that never existed previously — or had never even been imagined — helps people to eat healthy and enjoy dairy choices that fit today’s on-the-go lifestyle.

The dairy industry currently encourages three daily servings of milk, cheese or yogurt. In 2005, dietary guidelines recommended three servings of low-fat or non-fat dairy a day — not only because of the calcium that dairy foods provide, but also for other key nutrients, such as potassium, magnesium and vitamin A.

The great news is that all milk and dairy foods are equally safe, wholesome and nutritious to help people build strong bones and healthy bodies. Dairy farmers have worked hard for generations to provide American families with milk and dairy foods to enjoy. Now, there are even more unique and delicious ways to enjoy them.