CHILLED, AFFORDABLE: Commissaries offer significant savings on variety of dairy products to match on-the-go lifestyles
FORT LEE, Va. – June is National Dairy Month and if you’re into dairy, your commissary has you covered with a fantastic variety of chilled dairy products as the days of summer grow hotter.
“Commissaries worldwide have the quality dairy products people expect in a full service grocery store, and we go further because we’re priced to save our patrons significant money on their purchases,” said Marine Sgt. Maj. Michael R. Saucedo, the Defense Commissary Agency’s senior enlisted advisor to the DeCA director.
The variety includes milk (from whole to skim), yogurt (from fat to non-fat, plain to flavored with fruit added), butter, margarine, cream, half-and-half, and all kinds of cheeses sliced, shredded or in blocks. The products come in varied sizes or amounts and some are packaged in individual serving containers to match on-the-go lifestyles.
“It’s fair to say that the commissary offers an incredibly varied lineup in our dairy sections that includes lactose free and non-dairy options to fit just about any diet,” said Jessica Stables, DeCA’s dairy category manager. “We have many organic offerings and even have our own organic commissary store brand, Full Circle, in cheese, eggs and butter.”
Customers can find plant-based products in dairy to include non-dairy milks (almond, soy, oat, coconut), yogurts (almond, soy, coconut) and plant-based butters just to name a few. The commissary also offers its own store brand of lactose-free milk.
Stables reminds customers to periodically look around for new items in the dairy department. There’s a new pudding dessert featuring name-brand chocolate or cookie pieces and it’s sold in individual serving containers. Speaking of convenience, a major cheese producer has combined name-brand crackers with cheese in snack-sized packages.
“Really anytime is a good time to shop for dairy products in the commissary, and during the month of June customers will see special promotions all across our department,” Stables said.
PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured here from 2017 is a dairy display at the Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Commissary. (DeCA photo)
About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit, saving authorized patrons thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to similar products at commercial retailers. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.