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#167764 - 02/24/09 03:25 PM Milkman Brand no longer available
benjammin Offline
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Sad news. Familiar Foods, the company that carried the Milkman Brand powdered instant milk (with the kiss of cream) is out of business.

I discovered how good their product was while in Iraq. The shelf stable cartons of milk the chow hall had weren't fit for consumption, so I asked the wife to send me some instant. At first I got Carnation, and while I do not care for the taste of their product, it was better than what we got at the chow hall. My wife sent me a package of Milkman Brand and the taste was much more acceptable, to the extent that I became somewhat of a supplier for good fresh milk to a number of expats and a few soldiers. The small amount of milkfat in the mix really made a big difference.

Now it is gone. Woe is me.
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#167775 - 02/24/09 05:03 PM Re: Milkman Brand no longer available [Re: benjammin]
nurit Offline
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Registered: 03/27/08
Posts: 191
Loc: NYC
Benjammin, you might try Nido whole powdered milk. Like you, I really prefer milk that has some milkfat. I never had the Milkman brand, so can't compare the two. This stuff has a particular taste that I happen to love.
Downsides: it's quite expensive, and has shorter shelf life than nonfat milk.
Indian and Mexican grocery stores carry it. I watch for the occasional good price and/or free shipping offer on Amazon.
By the way, the Nido made in Mexico tends to be somewhat cheaper than Nido from Holland or England. I don't know if there's any difference between these products ...

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#167778 - 02/24/09 05:21 PM Re: Milkman Brand no longer available [Re: nurit]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
From an article in the NY Times:

"... sold for an undisclosed price its Milkman brand of instant low-fat dry milk, along with a production plant in Loleta, Calif., to Familiar Foods Inc. of the City of Industry, Calif.

"The product will be sold through current distribution channels by the new owners."


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#167779 - 02/24/09 05:24 PM Re: Milkman Brand no longer available [Re: benjammin]
LED Offline
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Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
Yeah, they had the best powdered milk by far. Haven't tried it yet but in REI I noticed Backpackers Pantry sells pouches of powdered Whole Milk. That should mean a higher fat content than MilkMan (2%).

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#167789 - 02/24/09 06:28 PM Re: Milkman Brand no longer available [Re: LED]
benjammin Offline
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Yeah, Familiar Foods is out of business, so the product is no longer available. Whole milk doesn't have a good shelf life, unless you add chem to it to keep it shelf stable. Milkman was about an ideal compromise.

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#167819 - 02/24/09 09:11 PM Re: Milkman Brand no longer available [Re: benjammin]
scafool Offline
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Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka
So were the milk cows all laid of or just given different jobs?
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#167825 - 02/24/09 09:54 PM Re: Milkman Brand no longer available [Re: scafool]
KG2V Offline

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Originally Posted By: scafool
So were the milk cows all laid of or just given different jobs?


Yeah, they changed their name to Chuck
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#167832 - 02/24/09 10:58 PM Re: Milkman Brand no longer available [Re: KG2V]
scafool Offline
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Loc: Muskoka
Ahhh, so the company had a going away roast for them.
That is nice.
I wonder if there were any other steak holders involved?
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#167839 - 02/24/09 11:58 PM Re: Milkman Brand no longer available [Re: nurit]
CANOEDOGS Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
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Loc: MINNESOTA

i switched to Nido a few years ago,Milkman was ok for camp cooking and much better than dry skim milk. but for me it just go's into Mac and Cheese dinners and biscuits so i don't notice any difference.

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#167842 - 02/25/09 12:23 AM Re: Milkman Brand no longer available [Re: CANOEDOGS]
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