All dairy products are very perishable. For the best quality and taste, use the product before the “Sell By” date and keep it stored between 33°F – 40°F.

Keep in mind, the date on the package isn’t necessarily the date you need to discard the product. The product may be fine to use for a number of days past the date. Handling of the product will determine the number of days the product will be good after the product’s date. Time spent out of refrigeration is the greatest factor in reducing shelf life.

Use your good judgment. If the product smells, looks, and taste fresh, it’s likely okay for consumption.

Sunshine Dairy Foods is committed to providing the freshest and best tasting milk. We are proud to be the first dairy in the Northwest to ally ourselves with family farmers who agree that natural is better and have always pledged not to inject their cows with the artificial growth hormone, rBST (recombinant bovine somatotropin), also known as rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone).

You can be assured that our milk is not only free of rBST, but each load is screened for antibiotics as well. Signed affidavits certify that farmers will not only abstain from using rBST, but will follow farm plans for humane animal treatment and environmental improvement.

As the awareness and growth of natural foods increases, Sunshine Dairy is ready to meet the demand. All of our fluid dairy products, sour cream, and yogurt are rBST-free, and both our egg nog and chocolate milk are all natural.

A further note on rBST/rBGH: Canada, the European Union, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand have banned rBST/rBGH.

Sunshine Dairy sources fresh milk from family farms in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, the Yakima Valley and Chehalis, Washington. The farms are small, family-owned and each owner takes pride in producing the best milk possible!

Our partners in Farmers Cooperative Creamery (FCC), based in McMinnville, Oregon, have pledged not to use recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBST). Since the introduction of rBST in 1994, Sunshine has formed relationships with farmers who believe natural is better and make farming choices that support healthy cows and quality milk. Along with fresh milk for sale, FCC processes rBST-free dried milk powder used as an ingredient in Sunshine Yogurt and Sour Cream.

The organic milk comes from three family-owned organic dairies in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  The organic dairies have been certified by Oregon Tilth since their inception.  The cows spend over 150 days on pasture, depending on weather conditions.  They rotate through 3-5 acre paddocks, spending 16-20 hours a day feeding on fresh pasture grasses, which provide at least 30% of their total ration.  The pastures consist of a blend of perennial rye grass, fescue, alfalfa, orchard grass and clover.  In addition to pasture grasses, the cows receive a mixed ration of organic grains, organic alfalfa hay and organic corn silage.  When not on pasture, the cows spend time in open-air barns with ample bedding.  The dairies are committed to the humane treatment of animals and are certified by third-party auditors that ensure strict animal welfare standards are being met.

Our products are made at our two processing plants in Portland, Oregon. The milk received from our farmers is separated at our West Plant facility and is usually used within the same day to ensure you receive the best quality and tasting products.

The white jugs keep light out that can be harmful to the taste and nutrients of milk. We want to make sure we deliver all the essential vitamins, including vitamin A, riboflavin (B2), and vitamin C at their highest potency.

Research shows that the quality of milk in a regular plastic container begins to degrade when exposed to both natural and fluorescent light. The rapid light-induced oxidation not only diminishes the vitamin content, but it also results in an off-flavor taste that is noticeable in as little as two hours.

When you drink our milk you will always find the freshest and cleanest taste.

Sorry, but we don’t sell our blue crates.  In our effort to reduce waste and have less of an impact on the environment, we use the crates for packaging and shipping; cutting down on the materials and cost that would otherwise be associated with shipping in corrugated boxes. The crates are part of our sustainability ecosystem, meaning even though you see them around town, they’re Sunshine property and are intended to be returned to us for further use.

Milk crates are often used for storage because of size and durability, we think they’re handy too but we would prefer they stay within our ecosystem. There is a real financial loss associated with this loss of use, as each crate costs approximately $5 to replace.  Also, there’s a material and environmental cost, as we are replacing crates that would otherwise have many uses left in their life cycle before breaking down.

Please join us in our sustainability efforts to use less of our valuable natural resources by returning our blue, rectangular Sunshine milk crates. We want to keep the Northwest green and we need your help to do it.

If you find a blue crate, you can return it to a store that sells our products or you can contact us at and we will make arrangements to come pick it up.

When we receive milk at our plant we immediately test the raw milk at our own in-house state-certified lab, to make sure that it meets our stringent quality guidelines. In our process we work hard to get the product from the farm to the consumer as quickly as possible. We use consistent and proven techniques to ensure the cleaning and sanitation of our equipment is done thoroughly and effectively. A combination of these controls enables us to offer our quality guarantee that our milk will still be fresh up to 5 days after the code date.

No, our milk is pasteurized using conventional methods. This leaves the milk with better flavor and more of the natural enzymes to keep you healthy while killing off the harmful bacteria that make you sick.

Ultra-pasteurization allows for longer shelf life, but negatively affects the milk’s taste. This type of pasteurization kills virtually all of the enzymes and bacteria to  the point that the milk cannot even be cultured to make yogurt or kefir.

Sunshine Dairy is dedicated to providing our customers with milk that is as near to farm fresh as possible and tastes like it too.

Yes. All United Dairy paper and plastic containers are recyclable. Check with your local recycling facility to determine which products they may or may not accept for recycling.

The Cold Bowl Separator is used to separate the milk and cream after it arrives from the farm. The cream is added back into the milk carefully measured to provide different levels of butterfat. This is how we make whole milk, 2%, 1%, and skim milk. What the cold bowl separator does not do, is heat up the milk like some other milk processing. When the milk is heated, as such is done with ultra-pasteurized products, the milk can taste flat or burnt.

Most milk companies do not use this piece of equipment because it does not allow milk to be processed in the most efficient manner, thus, it takes more time and effort to produce our milk. The difference however, is in the taste of our milk. The cold bowl separator is truly the piece of equipment that makes our milk taste cleaner and sweeter than other milk producer’s products.

Cows generally do not have a problem adjusting to the time change. The biggest problem for cows during a time change is resetting the clock on their VCR.

Unfortunately, due to stringent quality control & FDA mandated guidelines we cannot offer tours.