The theft of milk crates costs the dairy industry more than $80 million a year, which drives up the cost of a container of milk and increases greenhouse gas emissions.
Hiland Dairy does not sell milk crates, but instead recycles old milk crates into new ones. Never purchase Hiland Dairy milk crates from a third party, as the sale is not legal.
You can contact your local Hiland Dairy plant to arrange a pickup.
Recombinant bovine growth hormone (also known as rbGH) is a genetically engineered drug. It is injected into dairy cows to induce them to increase milk production, typically by 5-15%. It is estimated that 15-20% of the cows in the United States are injected with this hormone. It was approved by the FDA in 1993.
No, effective February 1, 2008, Hiland Dairy will only use milk from dairy farmers who have pledged not to treat their cows with artificial growth hormones. While the FDA has not found a significant difference between milk from treated and untreated herds, some of our customers prefer their milk to come from untreated cows.
Before the 1993 approval of rbST, the FDA determined that the recombinant, or genetically engineered form of bST, is virtually identical to a cow's natural somatotropin, a hormone produced in the pituitary gland that stimulates the production of milk. During that rbST approval process, the FDA concluded that there is no significant difference between milk from treated and untreated cows. For that reason, the FDA also concluded it does not have the authority to require special labeling for milk and dairy products from rbST-treated cows and that producers have no basis for claiming that milk from cows not treated with rbST is safer than milk from rbST-treated cows.
To preserve the quality of milk and other dairy foods, the following practices are recommended for consumers:
The date on milk and other dairy food containers indicates when the product was manufactured or meant to be sold by. It is used by the industry to indicate the age of individual packages and does not reflect the shelf life of the product. Generally, proper care ensures freshness for a few days beyond the "sell by" date. Regulation of open dating varies among states and municipalities.
For our customers with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, our gluten-free products are a healthy alternative. A large list of dairy products and beverages is available to choose from. View our gluten free products. Please note that our dairy foods and beverages not listed here may contain gluten.
If properly refrigerated, milk generally stays fresh for several days after the "sell by" date.
You can count on us for the freshest, best-tasting products around. When you choose Hiland Dairy, you know you're getting hometown quality and freshness from a dairy farm near you. We're proud of our farmer-owners who operate dairy farms with care to ensure we deliver the purest, most wholesome products to your table. The best part is that most of Hiland's farmer-owners live within a 100-mile radius of our processing plants–giving true meaning to "fresh from our farms to your table."
With the exception of butter, ice cream, frozen yogurt, and other frozen dairy desserts, freezing of most dairy foods (e.g., milk, cream, yogurt, milk puddings, soft cheeses) is not recommended. Although natural hard cheeses, semi-hard cheeses and processed cheeses can be frozen, freezing affects their texture, causing them to become crumbly and mealy after thawing. However, they are suitable for cooking and/or for use in salads or salad dressing. If frozen, cheeses should be thawed slowly in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Cheese that has been frozen should be used as soon as possible after thawing.
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Yes. All Hiland Dairy paper and plastic containers are recyclable. Check with your local recycling facility to determine which products they may or may not accept for recycling. Visit our sustainability page.
To maintain the quality of our products, it is not currently possible for us to ship them outside of our distribution area.
Developed by Louis Pasteur in the 1920s, pasteurization is a heating process used to destroy bacteria, such as salmonella and E. coli. During pasteurization, chilled raw milk is heated by passing it between heated stainless steel plates until it reaches a minimum temperature of 161° F. It’s then held at that temperature for at least 15 seconds before it’s quickly cooled back to its original temperature of 39° F. Hiland’s pasteurization process exceeds these minimums in order to ensure a maximum bacteria kill step.
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Raw milk can harbor dangerous bacteria that can pose serious health risks to you and your family. The pasteurization process kills those bacteria. Many medical and scientific organizations — including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics - recommend pasteurization for all milk consumed by humans. Pregnant women are advised not to consume unpasteurized dairy and juice products because of the bacteria that may be present.
No, pasteurization does not significantly change the nutritional value of milk. In fact, pasteurized milk provides all of milk's nutritional benefits without the risk of illness that comes with drinking raw milk. Pasteurized milk is an excellent source of calcium, protein, riboflavin, vitamins A and D, and phosphorous, and it's a good source of thiamin and B12. Many studies have shown that pasteurization has no effect on calcium absorption.
Yes, all Hiland products are either pasteurized or made from Hiland Dairy Milk, which is pasteurized. This includes Hiland Dairy Egg Nog, as we use processed and pasteurized eggs, never raw eggs. Hiland Dairy Orange Juice and Hiland Dairy Apple Juice are also pasteurized. Hiland’s pasteurization process exceeds the standard temperature and time minimums in order to ensure a maximum bacteria kill step.
It is normal for a cream layer to form as milk settles. You can remove the layer of cream and use in coffee or for cooking purposes, or simply shake the bottle to distribute back into the milk.
Yes. At Hiland Dairy, we know the importance of being a good neighbor and community member. We actively support local and regional causes, events and organizations that seek to help make our communities better places to live. Although we can't accommodate everyone, every year Hiland donates a variety of healthy, fresh dairy products to several events throughout the region.
At Hiland Dairy, we know the importance of being a good neighbor and community member. We actively support local and regional causes, events and organizations that seek to help make our communities better places to live. Hiland donates a variety of healthy, fresh dairy products to events throughout the region.
Hiland Dairy is unable to honor requests for free products or coupons. Instead, we offer valuable coupons available online, (see here) and in Sunday newspaper inserts several times during the year.
Redemption of online coupons is at the sole discretion of each individual retailer. Hiland Dairy cannot guarantee online coupon redemption, or confirm participating stores; it is recommended that you verify redemption policies with your retailer(s) of choice before attempting to redeem any online coupons.
We strive to provide only the best services for our loyal customers and we are pleased to offer you a variety of printable online coupons. However, due to the complexities associated with individual computer systems, printers and Internet browsers, we are unable to offer any technical support regarding issues with the printing of online coupons.
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Unfortunately, Hiland Dairy is not able to accept online employment applications at this time. For employment opportunities, you may contact the Hiland Dairy location of your choice or the local State Department of Employment Security. Applications are accepted only if there is a current job opening. Please do not contact Hiland Dairy via this website regarding employment opportunities.
For employment opportunities, you may contact the Hiland Dairy location of your choice or the local State Department of Employment Security. Applications are accepted only if there is a current job opening. Please do not contact Hiland Dairy via this website regarding employment opportunities.
Yes. Our milk comes from our farmer-owners — with most of them located within 100 miles of each of our 11 plants in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.