The a2 Milk Company was founded in New Zealand in 2000 by scientist Dr Corran McLachlan,with the support of his business partner Howard Patterson, following a very significant and amazing discovery: cows naturally produce different types of milk proteins and these proteins affect people differently.
Read more about how it all began.
There are commonly many types of proteins naturally found in milk. Beta-casein protein is one type that accounts for about a third of the total milk protein. All cows make beta-casein protein. However, it’s the type of beta-casein that we believe can make the difference for some people.
A2 beta –casein protein is recognised as being the original beta-casein protein in cows. That is, originally all domesticated cows produced milk containing only the A2 protein.
However, owing to a natural genetic mutation, another milk protein (A1 beta-casein protein) appeared in Europe and spread throughout global herds via modern farming practises.
Research has shown that A1 and A2 proteins digest differently. Growing scientific evidence supports that the different protein fragments produced have an impact on aspects of digestive function and support the unique benefits of a2 Milk™.
It all starts with hand-picking the right cows. a2 Milk™ is a 100% natural fresh cows’ milk from specially selected cows, not a product of genetic engineering or a technological process.
We work with farmers to identify and select cows that naturally produce milk containing only the A2 protein, and is free from all A1 protein. We do this by using a non-invasive DNA test that analyses a strand of hair from the tail of each dairy cow – a process which we have developed and enhanced over the years.
Cows certified to produce milk with only the A2 protein are then segregated and milked separately to produce completely natural a2 Milk™ that’s full of nutritional goodness.
The a2 Milk™ brand from The a2 Milk Company is a pure and naturally occurring cows’ milk, free from additives and preservatives.
Cows certified to produce only the A2 protein make exceptional milk, and we go to great lengths to ensure the greatest quality and freshest tasting milk is delivered to consumers.
We conduct several tests from cow to cup so consumers can rest easy in the knowledge that they’re getting pure a2 Milk™ – with nothing added and nothing taken away, just as nature intended.
We know a2 Milk™ helps many consumers all over the world enjoy the benefits of pure and natural milk again.
They say they can feel the difference. We like to think we’re bringing the pleasure of real and natural milk, for many consumers, every day.
Read what some of these consumers have to say.