Kalona SuperNatural (Farmers Creamery)

Farm/Brand HeadquartersKalona, IA
ProductsFluid milk, yogurt
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1305

They write: “Kalona SuperNatural organic products are among the most natural and nutritious dairy products on the market. That’s because we believe in doing less—not more—when it comes to our food. Our natural process means our products taste different and look different. Because our milk is non-homogenized the cream naturally floats to the top and thickens. This is the true sign of milk in its natural state. Our products are also pasteurized at low temperatures to preserve the farm fresh flavor.

The milk used in Kalona SuperNatural products comes from small, sustainable Amish and Mennonite farms with average herds of 35 cows. Our producers know that cows do best when they can harvest their own feed from the pastures around them. Unlike larger companies, we know each and every farmer we work with. We visit their land. We know their families. We understand how and why they created their product. Whether it is organic milk, cottage cheese, or yogurt, we are invested in the lives of our producers and, in turn, they are invested in the integrity of the product we send to market. Together, we take pride in the products that bear the Kalona SuperNatural™ name.” This brand can be found Found in Hy-Vee, Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage grocery stores.

TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)1305
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Ownership structure80Buisness 50% owned by farmer group; good track record
Milk Supply90Milk supply comes from collection of small family farms
Organic Production100Only sells certified organic dairy
Disclosure of Information for Verification90Good disclosure
Organic Certification85Iowa Department of Agriculture
Other Labels/Standards40Non-GMO Project verified (some farms AGA certified)
Grass-fed50Some farms are 100% grassfed (AGA standards) and used in some products; others meet minimum standard for grazing
Soy Free Ration?No. Soy is likely used in feed.
Pasture60Meets minimum standards for grazing
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate100Very low cull/death rate, with high average lifespan
Replacements100Closed herds unless farm is expanding or needs new genetics
Calves75Usually group housing with nurse cows
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotics used
Hormone Usage100No hormones used
Farm Support85Representatives visit farms regularly
Procurement of Ingredients60Outside ingredients purchased from unknown sources
Extra Credit0None