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South Carolina State Beverage

Milk; photo by guilherme pavan on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).


Milk was recognized as the official state beverage of South Carolina in 1984. Dairy farms are found in almost every county of South Carolina, and the dairy industry is a 100 million dollar enterprise for the state.

Milk has been called a nearly perfect food - a source of protein, calcium, and several other important nutrients. Each dairy cow produces about 6.5 gallons of milk per day. Less than half of this milk is consumed as a beverage - the rest is used for butter, cheese, ice cream, milk powder and other processed products.