Bagged milk hits U.K., continues world domination

Bagged milk hits U.K., continues world domination

A small bag of milk from China (Photo by David Woo) 

Just when we thought bagged milk was a one-off story during a slow news day, British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s announced this week that it will begin carrying its milk in bags rather than bottles, in an effort to reduce packaging and costs.

This comes a few weeks after a locally made YouTube video explaining the seemingly odd concept of milk bags became an overnight hit, with coverage on this blog, as well as in The Star and the Post. Salon writer Thomas Rogers argues that bagged milk is the future of dairy and hopes the U.S. will adopt bags, since they use 75 per cent less packaging and are recyclable and cheaper for consumers. But it’s not just Canadians who purchase milk in bag form: India, Poland, Hungary, South Africa, Argentina and China (where even beer is sold in bags) do the same.

• Milk in a bag at Sainsbury’s [Telegraph]
The future of dairy: milk in a bag [Salon]
• Milk in bags: that’s so Canadian [Toronto Life]
Milk in Bags, eh? [YouTube]