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Oakhurst   Dairy   Milk   Bottle   Milkman   Juice   Advertising   Pin Back Button   Novelty   Nostalgic   Portland   Maine   History   Historic
The picture shows a view of this Colorful Old Oakhurst Dairy Drink Milk Advertising Pin Back Button. The pinback button is not dated but it is old. It pictures an old glass milk bottle in the center and two union marks on the edge. It is marked on the front and the edge as follows:

OAKHURST DAIRY
DRINK MILK

BASTIAN BROS. CO.
ROCHESTER, N.Y.

The pin back button measures 7/8'' wide. It appears to be in mint condition as pictured. Below here, for reference, is some additional information about Oakhurst Dairy:

Oakhurst Dairy
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Oakhurst Dairy
Type: Subsidiary of agricultural marketing cooperative
Industry: Dairy
Genre: Milk
Founded: 1918
Founders: Arthur Leadbetter
Headquarters: Portland, Maine, U.S.A.
Products: Dairy products, juices
Revenue: $110 million
Employees: 200
Parent: Dairy Farmers of America

Oakhurst Dairy is a company in the dairy industry that sells mostly milk products, as well as juices. It was founded in 1921, and is headquartered in Portland, Maine.

History
The company's earliest predecessor was a dairy farm founded in 1902 by Arthur Leadbetter, located in Portland. The name was changed to Oakhurst in 1918, and in 1921 Stanley Bennett, who had been employed to manage the operation in 1920, bought the farm with financing from a local businessman, Nathan Cushman. At the time, Oakhurst delivered its milk via horse drawn wagons over two routes. By 1923, the company had expanded to deliver milk over twelve routes and in 1929 there were 28 routes, including two dedicated to selling milk wholesale. During its early years, Oakhurst focused on providing milk of higher quality than competing firms, and frequently inspected conditions at its farms and processing facilities. In 1933, Oakhurst began testing its milk for tuberculin, the first dairy in the United States to do so.

By the 1940s, Oakhurst increasingly expanded its business of selling milk wholesale, to organizations such as IGA, A&P, regional schools and the Maine General Hospital. In 1941, Oakhurst came under the complete control of the Bennett family, who by that time owned all the company's stock. In 1954, Oakhurst completed an expansion of its processing plant, allowing it to produce up to 40,000 quarts of milk a day, a three fold increase over its previous capacity.

In 1976, the company ended home delivery of milk, citing their inability to make a profit on the operation due to increasing costs. In 1977, Oakhurst bought Sanford Dairy, the first of several acquisitions of smaller dairies in the 1970s and the 1980s. In 1988, the company was faced with an antitrust lawsuit from Fitzpatrick Dairy, one such smaller company. In 1990, Oakhurst was ordered to pay $1.9 million to the Fitzpatrick's former owner.

In 2003, Oakhurst was faced with a lawsuit from Monsanto over Oakhurst's label on its milk cartons that said ''Our farmer's pledge: no artificial hormones'', referring to the use of bovine somatotropin (rBST), a drug that increases milk production and that Monsanto sells. Monsanto argued that the label implied that Oakhurst milk was superior to milk from cows treated with rBST, which harmed Monsanto's business. The two companies settled out of court, and it was announced that Oakhurst would add the word ''used'' at the end of its label, and note that the USFDA claims there is no major difference between milk from rBST treated and non rBST treated cows. Oakhurst does not use rBST in its milk.

In January 2014 Oakhurst was acquired by Dairy Farmers of America, an agricultural marketing cooperative based in Kansas City, Missouri.

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