While all types of milk contain the same nutritional values, they differ in milk fat percentages. Color-coded labels make it easy for consumers to choose their preferred milk.
Whole Milk – Red Labels
Whole milk labels are universally red, making them stand out from the reduced-fat and skim milks. Whole milk contains 8 grams of fat per cup, which equates to about 3.5 percent milk fat.
Reduced Fat Milk – Blue, Yellow, Green Labels
Reduced-fat milk label colors vary by dairy manufacturer, with either a blue, yellow or green label. For example, Kemp’s and Dairy Maid dairies both use yellow for their 2% milk, while Clover Organics and Borden use blue. A general guideline is blue or yellow for 2%, and green for 1% milk.
Skim Milk – Purple Labels
Like whole milk, skim milk uses one color to distinguish it from the other types of milk. Most dairies use purple for skim milk labels. Unlike reduced-fat milk, skim milk is fat-free.
References and ResourcesClover Stornetta Farms: Organic Milk
Guida's Dairy: Milk Products
Borden: Borden Milk Products
ResourcesChoose My Plate: What Foods Are Included in the Dairy Group?
Healthy Eating: Types of Milk and Stages of Milk Processing