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Farm school milk to come in plastic bottles

The distinctive sight of liter-sized glass bottles of American Farm School milk in supermarket refrigerators will now be a thing of the past as the 107-year-old institution is replacing the glass receptacles with plastic equivalents. Athanasios Giamoustaris, farm director at the AFS which is based near Thessaloniki, told Kathimerini that a lax response by consumers to returning the square-cornered glass bottles for recycling had obliged the school to make the switch to plastic. According to Giamoustaris, other factors had contributed to the decision to abandon the glass bottle, which first circulated as a quart of milk in 1935 before being boosted to a liter in 1981 when Greece joined the then European Economic Community. Giamoustaris said the AFS had recently opened a new center for the production of dairy goods, such as yogurt, cheese and ice cream to boost its revenues.