Nature’s Basket (Giant Eagle)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersPittsgurgh, PA
ProductsFluid milk
Websitewww.gianteagle.com/Save/Giant-Eagle-Brands/Natures-Basket/
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.

Participation in this survey and scorecard separates the organic label between those brands that are truly organic, those brands toeing the line, and those that are ethically deficient. In an industry where industrial dairies do have something to hide, the lack of transparency in brands that might otherwise score well hurts the integrity of the organic label.

If you’re a customer of this brand and you trust their practices and products, your voice may have some sway to the brand to participate. Please do use your clout to ask your favorite brand to stand up for organic integrity by participating in The Cornucopia Institute?s research study and scorecard.

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.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 2700)17
1-Cow Rating | Poor - Store brands
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