Update on Aurora and Trader Joe’s

August 30th, 2007

We have verified that although some of the milk that Trader Joe’s is buying does indeed come from a factory-farm, milking thousands of cows, that particular farm is not under Aurora’s ownership. All the other brands that The Cornucopia Institute referenced (Wal-Mart, Costco, Target, Safeway, and many others) get all or some of their milk from the five industrial-scale farms that are owned by Aurora dairy.

In addition to being the nation’s largest producer of private-label organic milk (anonymous, private-label products and organics should possibly be considered an oxymoron) Aurora also markets milk under their own label, High Meadows.

We would encourage interested readers to visit our Dairy Report and Scorecard.

On the scorecard you can find our ratings, published last year, of 70 name-brand and private-label organic dairy products. We are currently in the process of updating the scorecard and will be adding approximate 20 new brands. If you do not see one of the brands in your market represented please contact us and we will make sure we include them in our updated study.

Mark Kastel
Senior Farm Policy Analyst
The Cornucopia Institute

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