North Carolina State Beverage


Strawberry and milk

Strawberry and milk; photo by Stefan Lins on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution).


Milk was designated the official state beverage of North Carolina in 1987. Seventeen other states (including bordering states of South Carolina and Virginia) recognize milk as a state symbol. North Carolina dairy farmers produce some 135 million gallons of milk per year and North Carolinians consume over 143 million gallons of milk every year.

Milk has been called a nearly perfect food - a source of protein, calcium, and several other important nutrients. Less than half of milk produced is consumed as a beverage (excess is used for butter, cheese, ice cream, milk powder and other processed products).

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Holstein calf photo by Ian Hayhurst on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution | share alike).

Holstein dairy cow calf

Milk with cinnamom and sunflower seeds; photo by Jacqueline on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution). 


Milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt; public domain photo from USDA Kids Corner: Facts about Dairy Products.

Milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt


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