There is a really cool trick you can try at home with your milk. Go to: www.whereismymilkfrom.com, and type in a 4 or 5 digit code that is printed on every dairy product, next to the "use by date" info.
So, this grocery store trip, I took the time to check, and found that the:
were ALL bottled in plant 17-38, or Dean's Dairy in Huntley, IL
If you feel loyalty to a brand, those producers will appreciate your loyalty and support, but I'm also happy if you take that extra savings to splurge on an additional pork loin or gallon of ice cream!
It all depends on what you are using the product for and what your taste buds say. For instance, I buy "cheap" shredded cheese for use in casseroles, etc., but I buy branded cheese, for say, the cheese platter at Christmas, when it will be served alone. It is all one's opinion and ability to make the choice for what they want to buy. However, it is ALL safe, nutritious, and raised by a farmer that cares about their animals.
On a side note, the organic milk carried at this store came from 16-04, or Boise, Idaho. "Local" is a relative term, but it is a choice that everyone should have the right to pay more for, if they so wish.