cloudy.png
Monday May 25th, 2020 12:16PM

To boost milk, dairy groups see hope in lattes in schools

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — Coffee bars selling $3 iced lattes are popping up in high schools, helped along by dairy groups scrambling for new ways to get people to drink milk.

It's one small way the dairy industry is fighting to slow the persistent decline in U.S. milk consumption as eating habits change and rival drinks keep popping up on supermarket shelves.

At a high school in North Dakota, a $5,000 grant from a dairy group helped pay for an espresso machine that makes lattes with about 8 ounces of milk each. The drinks used 530 gallons of milk this year.

"We buy a lot of milk," said Lynelle Johnson, the food service director for the Williston Public School District.

It's not clear how much coffee drinks in high schools might help boost milk consumption, or whether the concept will gain traction across the country. But with consumption of milk in the U.S. down 40 percent since 1975, the dairy industry is looking for all the help it can get.

The industry famous for its "Got Milk" advertising campaign is hoping its newer "Undeniably Dairy" slogan will help fend off the almond, oat and soy alternatives that are becoming more popular. And regional dairy groups are encouraging schools to serve milky drinks like smoothies and hot chocolate, as well as iced lattes.

The efforts come as the dairy industry is also trying to adjust to changing views about diet and nutrition.

With fat no longer seen as a dietary evil, skim milk has suffered the sharpest declines in demand in recent years. And it's difficult for dairy producers to reduce production of skim milk because it is left over after making other products such as butter, cheese and ice cream.

As skim milk becomes especially tough to sell, Organic Valley is even drying some of the surplus and mixing it back into low-fat and fat-free milk to boost the nutrients and make it creamier.

"We're just exploring everything we can," said George Siemon, who was CEO of Organic Valley when the plans were developed, but has recently stepped down.

The dairy industry blames rules that limit the fat content of milk in schools for consumption declines, arguing that generations of students are growing up disliking milk because of the watery taste of skim.

In the meantime, it's hoping lattes can make milk go down easier. In Florida, a dairy group said it paid for coffee carts in 21 high schools this past school year. In the Southwest, a dairy group gave grants to seven schools for coffee programs.

Not all high school coffee bars get grants from dairy groups, and the money may only cover a small portion of costs. School food operators also say lattes offer other benefits, such as giving teens a reason to stay on school grounds. At a national convention for school lunch officials next month, one session will also detail how schools in Orange County, Florida used coffee drinks to get students to buy lunch.

For an extra $2, students can turn the cup of milk served with lunch into a coffee drink at a nearby cart. Without the lunch, it costs $3.

The Orange County schools did not receive industry grants for the coffee bars, but the local dairy council provided chalkboard-style signs and menus.

Cafeteria directors and dairy groups say coffee drinks in schools have to follow nutrition standards, making them healthier than the lattes students would get anyway outside schools.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which sets rules for schools participating in its meal programs, says high schools can sell espresso drinks that are no bigger than 12 ounces, and that are made with fat-free or 1% milk. The drinks have around 150 calories, school food directors say.

But not everyone thinks teens should drink coffee, or that they need milk.

The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages caffeine consumption among children, citing potentially harmful effects on developing bodies. And while dairy is an efficient way to get calcium and vitamin D, it's not the only way to get such nutrients, said Dr. Natalie Muth, a pediatrician and representative for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

As for lattes, Muth there are ways to encourage students to get the nutrients of milk without promoting caffeine habits that could lead to headaches, agitation and lack of sleep.

"If they're going to be having that outside of school, that's one thing. But in schools, the idea is to promote good health and nutrition," Muth said.

Exactly how schools prepare coffee drinks can vary, but milk is a primary ingredient for lattes. "It's really milk with some coffee, as far as proportion," said Julie Ostrow of Midwest Dairy.

It's why the group is providing a grant for a coffee bar at a fourth high school in the Fort Zumwalt, Missouri district this upcoming year. In exchange, the group gets data on how much milk is used for the lattes, as well as information for personal pizzas, mozzarella sticks and other products with dairy.

But the group might not be happy about one of the newer options: This past year, the coffee bars began offering almond milk for 40 cents extra, said Paul Becker, the district's food director.

___

The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, AP Health, AP Business, AP Business - Industries, AP Business - Agriculture
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
The Latest: EU top job favorite pulls out of the race
German European Union lawmaker Manfred Weber says he's resigning as lead candidate for the center-right European People's Party, the biggest group in the EU parliament, ending his run for one of Europe's top jobs
1:02PM ( 5 minutes ago )
To boost milk, dairy groups see hope in lattes in schools
Coffee bars are popping in high schools, and not just because students want to cram for tests
1:00PM ( 8 minutes ago )
Big business to Supreme Court: Defend LGBTQ people from bias
More than 200 corporations urge US Supreme Court to rule that federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
12:46PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Florida couple's front-yard garden legal after 6-year battle
A Miami-area couple whose front-yard vegetable garden prompted a 6-year legal battle with their village has held a ceremonial replanting of veggies under a new Florida law legalizing such gardens statewide
6:06AM ( 7 hours ago )
Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder named Harvard fellow
Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is headed to Harvard University to teach, study and write on subjects related to state and local government
12:08AM ( 1 day ago )
Trump administration agrees to delay health care rule
Trump administration agrees to postpone implementing "conscience" rule that would protect health care workers who object to procedures on moral or religious grounds
6:08AM ( 2 days ago )
AP Health
UK bank chief: trade war may 'shipwreck' global economy
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has warned that the British economy could be slowing down by more than anticipated in the wake of mounting Brexit uncertainties and intensified trade tensions
12:48PM ( 19 minutes ago )
UK court rules Indian tycoon may appeal extradition
U.K. judges have ruled that Indian entrepreneur Vijay Mallya has been given the right to appeal his extradition to India in Britain's High Court
12:30PM ( 38 minutes ago )
Heavy rainfall ends prolonged drought in Southern Plains
The heavy rains that caused severe flooding in the central U.S. this spring also had the positive effect of lifting the Southern Plains out of a prolonged drought
12:26PM ( 41 minutes ago )
AP Business
US stocks bob around record highs as trade euphoria eases
Stock markets around the world teeter-tottered on Tuesday, as investors mull what exactly will come of the latest truce in the U.S.-China trade war
10:55AM ( 2 hours ago )
Trade truce euphoria eases, and markets tread water
Stock markets around the world teeter-tottered on Tuesday, as investors mull what exactly will come of the latest truce in the U.S.-China trade war
10:18AM ( 2 hours ago )
Trade truce euphoria eases and markets tread water
Global stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges Tuesday as investors moved on from the latest truce in the costly U.S.-Chinese trade war.
9:00AM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Business - Industries
Japanese whalers bring home 1st commercial catch in 31 years
Japanese whalers have returned to port with two minke whales that are the nation's first commercial catch in 31 years
8:38PM ( 16 hours ago )
Japan resumes commercial whaling despite low demand
Japanese whalers have returned to port with their first catch after resuming commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years, achieving the long-cherished goal of traditionalists that is seen as largely a lost cause
9:25AM ( 1 day ago )
Japan resumes commercial whaling, seen as face-saving end
Japan is resuming commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years, meeting a long-cherished goal seen as a largely lost cause
2:48AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Business - Agriculture
Big business to Supreme Court: Defend LGBTQ people from bias
More than 200 corporations urge US Supreme Court to rule that federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity
12:46PM ( 21 minutes ago )
The Latest: 2-time champion Kvitova advances at Wimbledon
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won her opening match at the All England Club, only days after deciding she was healthy enough to even take part in the tournament
12:43PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Hurricanes to match Montreal's offer sheet for Aho
The Carolina Hurricanes are keeping star forward Sebastian Aho and will match the $42 million offer sheet the Montreal Canadiens tendered him
12:42PM ( 25 minutes ago )
EU leaders battle to end embarrassing top jobs impasse
European Union leaders are huddling again to try to overcome a very embarrassing public deadlock over a series of job nominations to key posts at the helm of the bloc for at least the next five years
12:41PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Jury deliberates case of Navy SEAL charged with murder
Military jury resumes deliberating decorated Navy SEAL charged with murder and other crimes in Iraq
12:36PM ( 31 minutes ago )