Annie’s Homegrown (General Mills)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersBerkeley, CA
ProductsCheese, packaged goods (pasta), canned meals, yogurt
Websitewww.annies.com
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1305

Annie’s, Inc. is a natural and organic food brand offering great-tasting products in large packaged food categories. Annie’s products are made without artificial flavors, synthetic colors and preservatives common in many conventional packaged foods. Additionally, Annie’s sources ingredients so as to avoid synthetic growth hormones and genetically modified food ingredients. Today, Annie’s offers over 300 products and is present in over 70,000 retail locations in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1989, Annie’s is committed to operating in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner. Annie’s is a proud member of the natural and organic portfolio of General Mills. For more information, visit www.annies.com.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 2700)1305
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Ownership structure70Corporation with a good track record of transparency
Milk Supply90Sourced from trusted dairy cooperative
Organic Production90All of Annie's yogurt products are certified organic; they also sell natural foods. Suppliers do not have split dairies.
Disclosure of Information for Verification100Full disclosure
Organic Certification75Quality Assurance International (QAI)
Other Labels/Standards0None
Grass-fed50Exceeds USDA minimum percent intake requirements
Soy Free Ration?No - soy is likely including in ration
Pasture70Most supplier farms do some more-than-average grazing
Times Milked90Most daries milk twice a day (standard organic practice)
Cull/death Rate75Moderate cull/death rate. Will vary widely between farms.
Replacements100Closed herds
Calves75Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormone use
Farm Support80Depends on trusted third-party for supervision; All larger farms are visited more frequently; most farms visited annually
Procurement of Ingredients90Outside ingredients from trusted sources
Extra Credit50With respect to the concern of fraudulent grain imports, this brand gets all of their feed from “open source” certified organic feed but were transparent enough to share that detail with us.