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A lovely story about a sports drink called Milk 2 Go Sports, and its chocolate edition! I'll talk  about what it is, where it was raised, how they were processed, how they were transported and what happens after like what will happen to the waste when you finish the drink.

- Monica 8H

What my food is

This is a story about a milk brand called Milk 2 Go, they sell different flavours of milk and now they include sports milk. They have lots of proteins and calcium to be sure to give you lots of energy through out the day. Milk 2 Go Sport is the drink I'll be talking about today, it is a processed food/drink with 11 different ingredients included in that one bottle.

How the Ingredients were Raised

There are 11 different ingredients that are included in the Milk 2 Go Sport's drink, but I'll be talking about the 2 ingredients that are in the drink. Number 1 is skim milk, which obviously came from a cow but we don't really know which part in the world where the cow is actually from. Since most places in the world will have cows, there really is now specific place for me to find out where the product exactly get their skim milk from, I decided to then choose the most popular/most found places that have those ingredients. The 2nd ingredient was Sugar and I found out that it was commonly found in Southeast Asia so the sugar included in that origin may be from the same place.

How they were Processed

They process of skim milk is included on how they make milk/milk a cow. Getting the skim milk is a part of the process called Creaming, it's where they let the milk stand for about 30-40 mins and the fat rises and then they take off the excess fat from the milk. Now for Sugar, first they go through a process called Affination it's where they mix/soak the sugar with a concentrated syrup to soften it and remove the solids. The second process is called Carbonatation, where they will take out the clumps that were in the sugar cane juice, during that process the colour comes out as well. The next step is the Decolourisation where they put it into a hot kiln to burn off the colour of the sugar. Next up is Boiling, it's where they boil the sugar to turn it into sugar crystals. Last up is Recovery, it's where the sugar crystals are sent to a recovery house to make it the best quality it can be, the recovery house is similar to a raw sugar factory.

How are they Transported?

The milk is put into tanks and are driven to the nearest milk processing plant, it is then tested to see if the milk was kept under 4 degrees celsius during the transport and if it was delivered within 24 hours of the milking. They then package the milk in either cartons or plastic jugs, and are sent to the supermarkets,convenience stores,etc.  The sugar is packaged in bags or in a cargo, and then they would be on a transporting boat.

So.. What happens After?

Usually the milk would just be drank by itself, and then the sugar would be used in baked goods, desserts, food and pop. In this case, those two ingredients are used in the sports milk. The skim milk is the top essential since the food/drink is a milk drink, while the sugar is what gives it a sweeter taste. When the drink is finished being made, it'll be sent to the super market/online/convenience stores and more. I think mainly athletic people or people who just need energy when playing around will buy these types of drinks.  What will happen after people finish those drinks though? Many people will try to recycle them, but a lot tend to not care or forget and would just throw it into the trash. Even if you were to recycle the bottle, it takes a really long time ( many many years ) for it to decompose so having those types of plastic bottles aren't even good for the environment. Although trying not to buy any bottled drinks is a hard thing to do, trying to minimize the amount of plastic waste will make a big difference to the world later on.

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