Profile America: National Dairy Month

Saturday, June 11 — This is National Dairy Month, observed since 1937 when it was called National Milk Month. The makers of butter, cheese and ice cream wanted some recognition, so it shortly changed to its current name, and promotes the quality and nutritional benefits of refrigerated dairy products. Americans eat more dairy products than any other food group except fruits and vegetables, averaging 612 pounds each annually. This includes about 36 pounds of various cheeses, 23 pounds of ice cream, sherbet and other frozen products, and 165 pounds of milk. About 130,000 people work in America‚Äôs dairy manufacturing industry, one that ships products valued at more than $112 billion annually.

Source: American Community Survey.

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