Giant grocery stores are now offering their customers milk produced entirely in Pennsylvania, officials said Monday.

The Carlisle, Cumberland Co.-based company is the first national retailer to qualify its store brand milk as Pa. Preferred, meaning 100 percent of the milk is produced in Pennsylvania, officials said.

"I applaud Giant for giving customers what they want – fresh, locally produced
food,” said Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley said during the milk’s launch at a store near Harrisburg. "By offering Pa. Preferred milk, Giant is helping support farmers and area
businesses that produce quality products, while making investments in local
economies and keeping Pennsylvania growing.”

The Giant brand of Pa. Preferred milk is available in whole, 2 percent, 1 percent and skim in gallon and quart sizes at the company's 156 stores in Pennsylvania and 44 locations in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

Pa. Preferred is the official brand of agriculture products made or grown in
Pennsylvania. The products can be identified by the program’s trademark of a gold check-mark inside a blue keystone.