Frequently Asked Questions
a2 Milk® is 100% real milk from local US farms that comes from cows that naturally produce only the A2 protein and no A1. Published research suggests that a2 Milk® may help avoid stomach discomfort in some people. Learn more.
Our milk and half and half are made with 100% real milk and cream that naturally contain the A2 protein, which may help avoid stomach discomfort in some people. You should not drink a2 Milk® or a2 Milk® Half and Half if you are allergic to milk or have been medically diagnosed with lactose intolerance.
Yes, all of our a2 Milk® products contain the same amount of lactose as ordinary cows' milk. a2 Milk® is 100% real milk that is easier on digestion and may help some avoid discomfort because it naturally contains the A2 protein. Published research suggests that a2 Milk® may help avoid stomach discomfort in some people. Our new Half and Half is also made with real a2 Milk® and cream and contain lactose. Check out our website to learn more about the a2 Milk® difference.
Yes. a2 Milk® is real cows’ milk which naturally contains whey. If you have a whey allergy, you should not drink a2 Milk®.
a2 Milk® has been fortified with Vitamins A and D, in alignment with industry practices in the US to help ensure daily levels of Vitamin A & D. All reduced fat varieties of milk sold in California are required to replace the removed fat with non-fat milk solids (including protein, calcium and assorted vitamins and minerals).
It is important for us to bring our customers the highest quality milk. All milk is tested before it is processed to ensure it does not contain antibiotics.
Vitamin A is added in the form of palmitate and Vitamin D is derived from the natural oil in sheep’s wool.
Yes, all of our products are certified Kosher Dairy.
a2 Milk® is naturally occurring cows’ milk. While we’re not seeking organic certification at this time, our milk is free of growth hormone, rBST. In addition, all our family farms are independently certified by the Validus Group for animal welfare. It’s important to remember that all ordinary cows’ milk currently sold in the US, whether it’s organic or not, naturally contains a mix of A1 and A2 protein. a2 Milk® is from cows that naturally produce only A2 protein type and no A1. Our Half and Half is made with real a2 Milk® and cream, and they are also not certified organic.
Ultra-pasteurization is a method of heating milk for a short time to kill bacteria which would cause the milk to spoil and gives milk a longer shelf life.
We recently launched a2 Milk® Half and Half and continue to focus on building our milk business, but we’re always evaluating future options! We also have recipes for homemade ice cream, yogurt, and more that are made with a2 Milk® on our website if you want to make your own staples!
a2 Milk® is natural and we don't do anything to the cows to get them to produce only A2 protein milk. We test the cows and select cows that naturally produce only the A2 protein type and no A1. It is genetics like having brown eyes versus blue eyes.
Yes, HERSHEY’S a2 Milk® is made from cows that only produce A2 protein. We use the classic HERSHEY’S cocoa along with our a2 Milk 2% Reduced Fat milk and other natural ingredients to deliver a one-of-a-kind milk.
The humane treatment of animals is of the utmost importance to us. All our farms are trained and audited for the humane treatment of animals by Validus. Our cows are not treated with growth hormone rBST. Learn more here.
Validus Animal Welfare Review Certification is awarded to farms that follow strict guidelines concerning the ways and conditions in which animals are raised for meat and dairy. Farms receiving animal welfare certification undergo a detailed assessment and audit of their on-farm practices, including proper animal handling and management, herd health procedures and care and housing that promotes animal comfort and cleanliness. You can visit ValidusCertified.com to learn more.
Our cows have a balanced plant-based diet of grass and grain. The diet of our cows is dependent on their location and what their climate allows. However, all our family farms are also independently certified by the Validus Group for animal welfare.
There’s a possibility that some of our cows’ diet could include GMO corn. An adequate diet that is free from any genetically modified ingredients is hard to come by in large quantities in the USA. At this point, we require that our farmers feed their cows an all-vegetarian, plant-based diet and are independently certified by the Validus Group for animal welfare.