Liberte (General Mills)

Rating
Farm/Brand Headquarters Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Canada
ProductsYogurt
Websiteliberteusa.com
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1305

They write: “Founded in French Canada in 1936, our small kosher dairy had a singular focus: crafting exceptional dairy products from simple, fresh ingredients. In 1964, we travelled back to Europe to find the perfect yogurt formula, using only the finest ingredients – and nothing more. Liberte believes that the best ingredients are worth searching for, which is why we single source our ingredients where possible from regions of the world that specialize in those ingredients we seek. For example we use French Lavender from France, Black Cherries from Washington State and Mangos from Ecuador.

Liberte relaunched as a fully USDA Organic brand in the United States in 2016 with a new line of single serve, whole milk yogurts. We have partnered with Organic Valley Family Farms for our dairy.”

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 Liberte'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 minimum USDA requirements for grazing, with good base DMI
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 dairy brand gets all of their feed from “open source” certified organic feed but were transparent enough to share that detail with us.