American troops in Iraq are getting an unusual Christmas present – extended shelf-life milk from America with their cookies. Currently, troops drink reconstituted milk purchased from foreign suppliers.
Starting Dec. 14, the military will begin an unusual taste test to let the troops decide which they like better: the powdered milk purchased from a Middle Eastern firm or the extended shelf-life milk distributed by Diversified Foods and its Utah milk supplier. Our military troops will taste test thousands of half-pint containers of what Diversified Foods calls “whole white,” low-fat chocolate, low-fat strawberry and low-fat vanilla.
Sgt. Daniel Oliver in Iraq thanked Diversified for shipping him a free case of different varieties of its milk products, including chocolate milk. “You made a lot of soldiers happy,” he wrote.
Tom Daley, a deputy director at the Defense Supply Center in Philadelphia, which handles the distribution of supplies to troops, promised a fair and honest taste test followed by a detailed cost analysis. He expects a decision on future milk contracts in Iraq by the end of the year.