Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why do Berkeley Farms products always taste so fresh?

A: Our delicious milk comes fresh from local dairies and our other dairy products are prepared in Berkeley Farms plants throughout Southern California. That means Berkeley Farms products get to you faster and fresher than any other dairy.

Q: Where are Berkeley Farms dairies located?

A: We are headquartered in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina. But we a facility in Hayward, California to help us get our products to you as fresh as possible.

Q: Does Berkeley Farms produce more than milk and ice cream?

A: You bet! In addition to farm-fresh DairyPure milk and ice cream, we offer a delicious line of frozen treats, frozen yogurts, and drinks ranging from ReadyLeaf tea to fruit punch and Orchard Pure orange juice.

Q: At what temperature should I set my refrigerator to keep my Berkeley Farms milk as fresh as possible?

A: It's best to keep the temperature in your refrigerator between 33° to 38° Fahrenheit to keep your milk fresh. When the temperature of milk increases above 38° the product life begins to decrease. We recommend keeping a thermometer in your fridge, so you know you're maintaining the best temperature for your dairy products.

Q: Where can I find Berkeley Farms products?

A: Berkeley Farms products are available in numerous retail stores across southern California. Check out our distribution map to find a Berkeley Farms retailer near you!

Q: What else can I do to keep my Berkeley Farms milk tasting fresh?

A: Everyone loves the farm-fresh flavor of Berkeley Farms DairyPure milk. And to make that fresh flavor last there are a couple of steps you can take. First, minimize the time your milk is unrefrigerated - your milk should be the last thing you put in your grocery cart and the first thing you put in your fridge when you get home. Second, place your milk jug as close to the rear of your refrigerator as possible to keep it at the coldest temperature.

Q: When were the first dairy cows brought to America?

While cows were first domesticated about 5,000 years ago, the first dairy cows were not brought to America until the 17th century – arriving in Jamestown, Virginia in 1611.

Q: How much food do cows eat each day?

Cows drink about a bathtub full of water and eat around 40 pounds of food a day! Cows spend about 6 hours eating and 8 hours chewing cud (regurgitated, partially digested food) a day – that’s 14 hours!

Q: Do cows really have four stomachs?

Cows don’t have four stomachs – they have four digestive compartments (rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasums).

Q: How much milk does a dairy cow make in a day?

An average cow, milked twice a day, produces about 10 gallons of milk a day – that’s 160 glasses of milk!