Arla expects to serve 25 billion glasses of milk in 2014

The amount of drinking milk that Arla will produce in 2014 would be enough to potentially serve 3.5 milk glasses for every person on the planet.

This staggering number of 250ml glasses, more specifically 25,297,087,378, will come from Arla’s fresh, UHT and milk powder operations around the world. This amount represents a bit over half of Arla’s entire milk production expected for 2014.

Just to get an idea of how much milk that is, lining up all the glasses would be enough to circle the Earth’s equator 47 times.

That’s pretty cool. But what happens when stacking all these glasses? Well, you could reach the Moon, not once, but almost 7 times.

What’s so special about milk?
As part of a healthy diet, global authorities recommend 2-3 servings of milk or other dairy products per day.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, milk is one of the most unique foods. Globally, milk and dairy products are considered of high importance in human nutrition, as milk contains numerous nutrients (22) and makes a significant contribution to meet the body’s need for calcium, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, iodine, potassium and phosphorous.

At Arla, we also believe dairy products play an important role in a balanced diet. But health benefits are only one piece of the puzzle. While serving the growing global demand for dairy products, Arla wants to be the most natural and sustainable global dairy company. This means offering natural food with high nutritional value to people across the world, while using as few of nature’s resources as possible.

So why is milk good for you?
From drinking only 1 glass of milk (250ml) you will get approximately:
> 8.3g of protein (~17% of NRV*)
> 300mg of calcium (~38% of NRV*)
> 0.43mg vitamin B2 (~30% of NRV*)
> 1.2µg of vitamin B12 (~48% of NRV*)
*NRV is EU nutrient reference value

And there’s more…
Longing to grow up?
Milk contains calcium, which is needed for normal growth and development of bone in children and for maintenance of bone mass in adults.

Feeling tired?
Milk contains Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B2, which contribute to reduction of tiredness and fatigue.

Keeping an eye on your normal vision
Milk fat is naturally high in vitamin A, which contributes to the maintenance of normal vision.

And don’t forget to say cheese!
Milk helps protect your smile because calcium is needed for maintenance of normal teeth.


Total glasses of milk that Arla expects to produce in 2014:
> 25,297,087,378 glasses

Glass dimensions used for calculations:
> Volume: 250ml
> Height: 10.5cm
> Diameter in upper side: 7.5cm
> Diameter in lower part: 4.7cm

With this amount of milk glasses Arla could:
> Give 3.51 glasses of milk to every person on the planet (calculated at 7.2 billion people)
> Cover a length of 1,897,286 km – circling the globe 47.34 times (Earth circumference = 40,075 km)
> Stack them as high as 2,656,197 km – reaching the Moon 6.9 times (average lunar distance 384,400km).

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