Kreider Farms, one of Pennsylvania’s largest egg and dairy farms, has introduced America’s first “farm fresh” lactose-free milk. Available in whole milk and 2% reduced fat varieties, Kreider Farms 100% Lactose Free Milk is specifically made for local distribution within 150 miles of where the milk is produced.
Traditional lactose-free milks are produced using ultra-high temperature processing (UHT), in which the milk is heated above 275 degrees Fahrenheit and then flash cooled. The UHT process extends the shelf life of an unopened container of milk to 60 days, but the high heat process also changes the taste and smell of the milk and causes some nutrient loss. Instead of using UHT processing for its lactose-free milk, Kreider Farms adds a natural protein to its regular milk that converts the natural lactose sugar into fruit sugar.
“Our 100% Lactose Free Milk satisfies the preferences of today’s consumers for fresh, local, small-batch foods that aren’t mass produced and aren’t overly processed,” said Dave Andrews, vice-president of sales and marketing for Kreider Farms. “We produce everything here on our own dairy farm in Lancaster County. Our products are then loaded onto our trucks for delivery to our local retailers and distributors. That’s what we call ‘farm fresh.’”
Kreider Farms’ 100% Lactose Free Milk has all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients of regular milk but without lactose, a type of natural sugar found in milk and dairy products that makes it difficult for some people to digest these products.
“A number of studies show that more than half the world’s population has a reduced ability to digest lactose,” said Andrews. “With our new lactose-free milk, even customers who are lactose intolerant can enjoy the great taste of Kreider’s local, farm fresh milk.”