BG Milk Substitutes - SH (copy)

Some of the dairy substitutes sold at The Common Market on Buckeystown Pike.

ANNAPOLIS — The milk labeling debate has reached Annapolis.

Whether almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk and others should be allowed to use the term “milk” on their label is a debate farmers have been having at the national, state and Frederick County level for years. Now the state Legislature is getting its first taste, and the Maryland Senate has taken the side of farmers.

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Real milk is less than half the price of these milk alternatives, so the milk farmers would actually benefit if people thought they were the same thing. And come on. Is anyone really fooled by the name? Are people thinking that almonds, soy beans, coconut, etc. naturally produce milk? Oh, wait, coconuts do produce "milk", so coconut milk should be exempt from these efforts, assuming it is sold in its natural form. The others could be called "milk subsitute" or "drink", as in "soy milk subsitute" or "almond drink", but I doubt that would affect sales. We know what it is by the cartons and that they are sold in the dairy section of the store. Milk farmers need help, but this effort is not going to help them. My preference is for the unsweetened cashew milk. The stuff tastes good with coffee and with cereal and has only a fifth of the calories of 2% milk. Sorry dairy farmers.


Place "Fabricated" in front of milk and problem solved[smile]

The Grape of Wrath

Animal milk is fabricated too.


I'm sympathetic to the plight of our dairy farmers, but attempts by government to manipulate market processes always backfire in some way. Modern, educated consumers are going to vote with their dollars for the perceived healthiest product no matter what it’s called. The name “Milk” when associated with the udder of an animal is not currently perceived as the healthy drink it once was. That’s a marketing issue.

Perhaps it’s the dairy industry that should be looking for an alternative name for milk. There is the danger (and likelihood) that bright marketers from the tree nut industry will (be forced to) come up with an even better, more appealing name than "Milk". I can’t really see that helping the dairy farmers.

The dairy industry's inattentiveness to consumer's changing tastes is to blame for the current slump in dairy prices. The dairy industry should be focusing efforts on promoting the very real health benefits of their products especially now that fats, both saturated and unsaturated, have been hoisted back into the limelight as healthful foods. Given dairy's high protein content and many other nutrients there’s a lot there to promote. Dairy need an image makeover. Creative and robust marketing will always be a better approach to dairy demand problems than running to the government for protection.


They should make more cheese.


Yah, if they come up with a catchy name, it might actually improve sales of the milk substitutes. Half and half (milk with added cream) has not been hurt by the fact that "milk" is not in its name.


Ya rb start whipping-up a batch, start a business, gender free of coarse. Nuts have protein in them but not as much as those nuts[beam]


I could sell nut milk.


Maybe to Vic?


The multi-state compact approach reminds of the similar effort to develop a work-around to the Electoral College.

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