Organic Creamery (DCI Cheese/Saputo Specialty Cheese)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersRichfield, WI
ProductsCheese
Websitewww.dcicheeseco.com/ourcheese/designation/usda-organic
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1110

They write: “The Organic Creamery brand is the most extensive line of USDA-certified organic cheese varieties in the United States. All of the line’s products are hand-crafted by award-winning cheesemakers with organic milk from family farms that practice humane animal management and pasture grazing. Organic Creamery brand cheeses are free of pesticides, antibiotics and hormones and use no animal rennet or artificial colorings.”

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 2700)1110
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Ownership structure65Corporation with family is major shareholder
Milk Supply70Purchases outside milk from highly rated co-op
Organic Production65Markets both organic and conventional products
Disclosure of Information for Verification100Full disclosure
Organic Certification75Global Organic Alliance (GOA) certifies Saputo’s cheese production facilities; Quality Assurance International (QAI) certifies Saputo’s trading certificate.
Other Labels/Standards0None
Grass-fed50Exceeds USDA percent intake requirements
Soy Free Ration?No
Pasture70Good pasture compliance
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate30Unknown (supplier did not answer)
Replacements100Closed herds
Calves75Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage75A portion of milk supplied may use hormones therapeutically
Farm Support85Staff visits farms at least once a year
Procurement of Ingredients60Outside organic cheese is purchased for the brand as supply demands
Extra Credit0None