Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know which products contain nuts or other allergens?
Byrne recognizes the concerns of our consumers related to the potential presence of undeclared allergens in food products. Byrne does not have dedicated lines for manufacturing and packaging allergen containing products. Due to the known hazards that undeclared allergens pose to our consumers with food allergies, we have fully implemented allergen control programs at all of our manufacturing facilities to prevent cross contamination. These include: employee training, ingredient and product segregation, processing and packaging controls, labeling reviews, and verification/ validation programs.

In all facilities the allergen control programs have been reviewed and confirmed to meet and/or exceed industry standards and expectations by recognized third party auditing firms. All recognized food allergens contained in any of our products as per formulation are clearly identified in the ingredient declaration located on the lid, side or back panel of the package.

What is BST, rBST and/or artificial growth hormones?
Cows naturally produce BST, bovine somatotropin, a hormone that’s associated with milk production. An artificial version of this hormone was developed as “rBST” (recombinant bovine somatotropin), which when injected into cows can increase milk production.
Are all Byrne products made from farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormones?
Byrne is pleased to offer consumers and customers milk from cows that have not been treated with artificial growth hormones (rBST). All fluid milk, creams and ice cream manufactured by Byrne in New York, is from farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormones on their herds. Byrne butter is also from farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormones.

For all other Byrne products, supply and consumer demand are part of this answer. As consumer preference for rBST-free milk has increased, more dairy farmers have begun switching their practices to eliminate the use of artificial growth hormones. We will continue to monitor supply and consumer demand for milk from farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormones, and will make further changes in our production accordingly.

Are all kids supposed to drink milk and how many glasses a day?
Yes, all kids need the nutrients milk supplies, particularly calcium and vitamin D. Byrne Milk is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D.

The amount of milk that kids should drink depends on their age. From ages 1 through 3, kids require 500 milligrams of calcium – the equivalent of about two glasses of milk (16 oz.); 4 to 8 year-olds need 800 milligrams of calcium, or nearly 3 glasses (24 oz.) of milk daily; 9 to 13 year olds need 1,300 milligrams calcium, which is equal to four and a third glasses of milk (nearly 35 oz.).

What is the recommended daily allowance of calcium?
The daily amount of calcium you need depends on your age. In the table below, each “glass” equals one serving of milk (8 fl. oz.):

Age 1 to 3 = 500 milligrams (about 2 glasses of milk)
Age 4 to 8 = 800 milligrams (approximately 3 glasses of milk)
Age 9 to 18 = 1,300 milligrams (approximately 4 1/3 glasses of milk)
Age 19 to 50 = 1,000 milligrams (about 3 1/3 glasses of milk)
Age 50+ = 1,200 milligrams (about 4 glasses of milk)

Why is milk good for you?
Milk is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D. It’s also a good source of other nutrients, such as protein and phosphorus that are necessary for strong bones and good health. If you’re concerned about fat in milk, don’t be. Byrne Fat Free Milk is a delicious and nutritious beverage choice.
Do you have directions for making whipped cream?

To make whipped cream, pre-chill both the mixing bowl and the mixing beaters. Pour 2/3 cup of heavy cream into the chilled bowl, add 2 teaspoons of sugar (preferably confectioners’ sugar). Beat with a mixer until smooth and thick. Fold in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Enjoy!

Are your Cookiewiches really made by hand?
Yes, indeed! We personally start the process with local Birkett Mills flour combined with secret ingredients from our kitchen at our downtown location.
Once they are cooled, one of Byrne specialists applies ice cream from a machine to the center of each cookie. FYI, our delicious ice cream is also made on-site!
Finally, a cookie is placed on top and heads off to our freezer. Once sleeved, they are counted and handplaced in a box for shipping.
What Byrne products can be frozen for longer storage?
We do not recommend freezing refrigerated dairy products, as the texture of the items will change due to freezing.
Do Byrne products contain antibiotics?
Byrne tests every load of milk arriving before it is accepted for antibiotics. Byrne only accepts milk that does not contain antibiotics.
Are your cartons recyclable?
Yes! Please recycle our milk cartons. Keep unnecessary waste out of landfills. Our paper cartons come from trees. This means you are choosing a sustainable product package.
Which products are gluten free?

All Byrne Milk (all fat levels)
All Byrne Flavored Milk (full fat and lowfat; all sizes)
All Byrne Egg Nog
All Byrne Cream
Byrne Instant Whipped Cream
All Byrne Juices
All Byrne Coffee Creamers
Byrne Buttermilk
Byrne Water

Byrne Mighty Fine Ice Cream flavors

Black Raspberry
Chocolate Marshmallow
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Cookie Dough
Cookies N’ Cream
Cotton Candy Confetti
Espress Dough
French Vanilla
Grasshopper Pie
Heavenly Hash
Holiday Mint
Holy Cow
Maple Walnut
Mint Chocolate Chip
Pumpkin Pie
Scratch Baked Brownie
Vanilla Bean

Ice cream products that contain nuts:

Chocolate Peanut Butter
Heavenly Hash
Holy Cow
Maple Walnut

Visit our ice cream page for more product information:

Additional flavors may include nuts. Please contact us directly for an questions.