Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where does the name 'PET® Dairy' come from?

A: In 1894 the Helvetia Milk Condensing Company, in Highland, Ill, began packaging condensed milk in 'baby-sized" cans. They nicknamed the product "pet" evaporated cream. The PET brand was so popular - especially in the South - that when Helvetia got into the fresh dairy business in 1929, they changed their name to The PET Dairy Products Company. For more information visit our history page

Q: Why do PET Dairy products always taste so fresh?

A: Our delicious milk comes fresh from local dairies and our other dairy products are prepared in PET plants right here in the Southeast, where you live. That means PET products get to you faster and fresher than any other dairy.

Q: Where is PET Dairy located?

A: We are headquartered in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina. But we have facilities all over the southeast to help us get our products to you as fresh as possible.

Q: Does PET produce more than milk and ice cream?

A: You bet! In addition to farm-fresh milk and ice cream, we offer a delicious line of frozen treats, frozen yogurts, and drinks ranging from tea to fruit punch and orange juice.

Q: At what temperature should I set my refrigerator to keep my PET milk as fresh as possible?

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A: It's best to keep the temperature in your refrigerator between 33° to 38° Fahrenheit to keep your milk fresh. When the temperature of milk increases above 38° the product life begins to decrease. We recommend keeping a thermometer in your fridge, so you know you're maintaining the best temperature for your dairy products.

Q: Where can I find PET products?

A: PET products are available in numerous stores across the Southeast - primarily in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. Check out our distribution map to find a PET retailer near you!

Q: What is your most popular ice cream flavor?

A: Our best selling ice cream flavor is PET Butter Pecan.

Q: What else can I do to keep my PET milk tasting fresh?

A: Everyone loves the farm-fresh flavor of PET milk. And to make that fresh flavor last there are a couple of steps you can take. First, minimize the time your PET milk is unrefrigerated - your milk should be the last thing you put in your grocery cart and the first thing you put in your fridge when you get home. Second, place your PET milk jug as close to the rear of your refrigerator as possible to keep it at the coldest temperature.

Q: When were the first dairy cows brought to America?

While cows were first domesticated about 5,000 years ago, the first dairy cows were not brought to America until the 17th century – arriving in Jamestown, Virginia in 1611.

Q: How much food do cows eat each day?

Cows drink about a bathtub full of water and eat around 40 pounds of food a day! Cows spend about 6 hours eating and 8 hours chewing cud (regurgitated, partially digested food) a day – that’s 14 hours!

Q: Do cows really have four stomachs?

Cows don’t have four stomachs – they have four digestive compartments (rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasums).

Q: How much milk does a dairy cow make in a day?

An average cow, milked twice a day, produces about 10 gallons of milk a day – that’s 160 glasses of milk!