PCC Community Markets

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersSeattle, WA
ProductsFluid milk
Websitewww.pccmarkets.com
Market AreaWA
Total Score1335

PCC Community Markets, in Seattle, is the country’s largest member owned natural foods cooperative. They are one of the most engaged retailers in the nation when it comes to being involved in policy work protecting the integrity of the organic label, both in Washington State and nationally.

Their choice of organic milk suppliers, for their own store-brand, reflects their dedication to the organic movement. It comes from a supplier of integrity, depending on local family-scale farms in the Pacific Northwest.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)1335
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Ownership structure75Corporation with a superb track record
Milk Supply90Sourced from trusted dairy cooperative (local farms only)
Organic Production80Markets both organic and conventional products, but organic suppliers do not have split operations
Disclosure of Information for Verification100Full disclosure
Organic Certification75Oregon Tilth certifies final products and farms
Other Labels/Standards0None. Individual farmers may have other certifications.
Grass-fed70Exceeds minimum USDA standards for grazing
Soy Free Ration?No
Pasture80Supplier farms are local and have good pasture compliance
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate75Moderate cull/death rate
Replacements100Closed herds
Calves70Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormone use
Farm Support90Cooperative supplier that sets standards and has a staff that visits farms regularly
Procurement of Ingredients90Outside ingredients from trusted sources
Extra Credit50With respect to the concern of fraudulent grain imports, this brand some percentage of their feed from “open source” certified organic feed and were transparent enough to share that detail with us.