I am interested in organic whole milk, pasteurized.
I am not interested in conventional dairy in cute bottles or raw milk in any sort of bottle (although I like it) or ultra-pasteurized which is horrid or milk imported from Texas mega-farms or supplemented with DHA or other weirdness. I am not interested in the miracle of hemp milk or squeeze your own almonds. I will consider private label but will have to overcome deeply held suspicions if you cannot verify the likely source.
I prefer packaging that is glass (can be reused), plastic gallons (can be recycled), or cardboard half gallons without the plastic cap on top (can be recycled). Throwing away milk containers annoys me; cardboard cartons with the plastic top cannot be recycled.
We currently buy Clover Organic or Organic Valley (pasteurized version). Both are from California, taste good, seem to adhere to organic law AND philosophy, return my phone calls, and are rated highly by the Cornucopia Institute Report: http://www.cornucopia.org/dairysurvey... . Organic Valley has a slight edge as the producer of delicious grass-fed butter in the summer. That gives me hope. If they are out of stock, I’ll buy the Whole Foods private label. I don’t know who bottles their milk but they have a high enough rating that it can’t be Horizon. We sometimes buy Strauss and I like that it is unhomogenized which is thought to be better for the heart. But I don’t like the Cornucopia comment on their sounds-so-good methane generator so I’ve stopped.
What do you like?