WSJ Video: Raw Milk Vending Machines Gain Following in Europe

A Wall Street Journal video explores how vending machines that dispense raw milk have gained a following in the UK and other European countries, but critics question whether the machines keep the milk at cool enough temperatures.

One dairy farmer who sells 30 gallons of raw milk per day stands by the integrity of the vending machines. He believes that the Food Standards Agency (FSA) should make responsible regulations about raw milk but points out that raw milk is “…safer than an awful lot of other foods that we eat.”

In England, raw milk vending machines are allowed only on farms, which many producers say defeat the purpose of such machines – which is to make raw milk more accessible to those not living in rural areas. In Ireland, raw milk vending machines have been banned by the Food Standards Agency; in Scotland, the sale of raw milk is banned altogether.

The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit based in Washington, D.C. Fan the Campaign for Real Milk on Facebook. 

2 thoughts on “WSJ Video: Raw Milk Vending Machines Gain Following in Europe

  1. Hi there. I am currently living abroad in Northern Italy and have found the raw milk vending machines. I actually have one about 5 minutes away. The milk is incredible. It’s delicious and full of goodness. The vending machine actually only dispenses empty bottles, your choice of plastic or glass. Plastic is .20€ and glass is .50€. I purchased glass to save money and the environment. The bottles hold one litre and you just put the bottle under the dispenser, close the cage, select half litre or one litre, and it dispenses cold, fresh, raw milk. It’s 1.00€ for one litre and .50€ for a half litre. I think this is an awesome innovation and the business has little expenses this way. I find the kefir works a lot faster in raw milk and I don’t gas or bloating when drinking this raw milk. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to experience this!

  2. I keep raw milk in a dedicated tiny refrigerator at just above 32º and it keeps for weeks. Not such good drinking though, for best taste let it warm up a bit. The milk I drink tastes best after a week, so fresh is not always best. Standard kitchen refrigerators really do not keep milk cold enough, unless you have kids and it gets drank within days.

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