Meijer Organics (Meijer)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersGrand Rapids, MI
ProductsFluid milk
Websitewww.meijer.com
Market AreaMidwest
Total Score17

Store brands include organic milk that has been privately labeled by grocery chains. Typically, these businesses buy products wholesale and then market those finished or packaged products with their own labels.

The inherent problem with private labels is that they lack transparency. Store brands may get their milk from highly rated producers, but they may also source from factory-scale dairies. Grocery chains or distributors typically offer low prices for store brands because they source the cheapest products available on the market at any given time. This variability in product sourcing makes it difficult, sometimes impossible, for consumers to determine where and how the products was produced.

Meijer is known to have purchased milk from Natural Prairie Dairy, one of the largest “organic” dairies in the country. Cornucopia has filed multiple legal complaints with the USDA against Natural Prairie Dairy and its certifier, the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Cornucopia recommends caution with store brands like this one. Invested consumers can contact stores to confirm who is supplying their private-label milk and encourage them to be completely transparent about their sourcing—even when it changes.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)17
1-Cow Rating | Factory Farms
Ownership structure1No answer
Milk Supply1No answer
Organic Production1No answer
Disclosure of Information for Verification1No answer
Organic Certification1No answer
Other Labels/Standards1No answer
Grass-fed1No answer
Soy Free Ration?No answer. 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