Cadia (KeHE)

Farm/Brand HeadquartersCA
ProductsButter, cheese, fluid milk
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score17

Private-label, or store-brand, dairy products rated with one cow are sold by grocers or distributors who have the obvious desire of wanting to grow their presence in the organic marketplace. This is great news! Making organics more convenient and affordable to consumers is wonderful goal.

Unfortunately, there is an inherent limitation in private-label organic products: organic consumers tend to want to know where their food is coming from and how it is produced. Private-label products obscure these facts. Case in point, none of the private-labels were open enough to participate in the dairy survey and scorecard.

Even though none of the one cow rated brands responded to our survey request, we were able to determine that these brands were, at the time of our research, buying some or all of their organic milk from factory-farm sources. We conducted our research in this area through interviews with a number of industry sources and through federally maintained records.

Cornucopia operates on the assumption that many of these marketing entities were unaware of the long controversy concerning factory farms producing “organic” milk, and that they entered into contractual agreements in good faith. Some of the inaccurate and misleading claims or images made in their labeling may be rhetoric that the factory-farm suppliers of milk passed onto them.

We hope, with consumer input, that these organizations will make plans to switch milk suppliers.

The bottom line to private-label organic products is that they are “buyer beware.” We encourage consumers to be vigilant and contact stores to confirm who is supplying their private-label milk, or to just pay an extra quarter or two for name-brand milk from farmers and brands that are willing to be open with them and who share their values.

TOTAL (possible score is 2700)17
1-Cow Rating | Poor - Store brands
Ownership structure1Corporation with a history of poor transparency; certified B corp
Milk Supply1Did not participate - milk supply unknown
Organic Production1No answer
Disclosure of Information for Verification1No answer
Organic Certification1Likely Quality Assurance International (QAI)
Other Labels/Standards1No answer
Grass-fed1No answer
Soy Free Ration?Soy is likely used in feed.
Pasture1No answer
Times Milked1No answer
Cull/death Rate1No answer
Replacements1No answer
Calves1No answer
Antibiotic Use1No answer; animals given antibiotics may be introduced back into food stream after withdrawal times.
Hormone Usage1No answer; hormones may be used therapeutically
Farm Support1No answer
Procurement of Ingredients1No answer
Extra Credit1None