Why Do Canadians Drink Bagged Milk?

Oh, Canada! As proud Canucks, we certainly have our share quirky traits and tastes, ketchup chips, butter tarts and poutine. But did you know that bagged milk is also a uniquely Canadian invention? Believe it or not, milk bags have been in Canadian fridges since the late 60’s, selling mainly in Ontario, Québec and the Maritimes. Each package contains three un-resealable plastic pouches filled with milk, equaling 4 litres in total. Insert a single bag into a pitcher, snip off the corner and start pouring, then put the reusable pitcher back in the fridge, It wasn’t always this easy. Until close to the end of the 60’s, milk was packaged in heavy glass bottles, racking up big bills for the dairy industry to transport. Soon, alternatives started arriving on the market, such as cardboard cartons, large plastic jugs and eventually, plastic bags. As the story goes, DuPont, a Canadian food and packaging company, unveiled thin, plastic bags that could be used to store and sell milk in 1967. Gradually, the dairy industry began ditching plastic and glass bottles and jugs to adopted this newfangled plastic pouch, which was far more practical and cost-efficient. Milk bladders are now used around the world. So the next time you snip off the corner of a milk bag, you should feel a twinge of Canadian pride….Ed
Source: Lisa Jackson /Photo: yoyomax12 – the diet free zone / YouTube

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