Rumiano Cheese Company

Farm/Brand HeadquartersCrescent City, CA
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1400

They write: “It all began nearly a century ago when three brothers from Italy, Richard, Fred and John Rumiano, bought a dairy in Willows, California and started making cheese and butter.

Throughout the 1920s and 30s, Rumiano Cheese Company began to grow, purchasing several cheese factories in California and Oregon. The company has sold all but two factories and currently manufactures all of its cheese in Crescent City, CA, receiving its? milk supply from independent third & fourth generation dairy farmers from nearby Humboldt and Del Norte counties. All Rumiano cheese is produced certified Kosher from fresh clean milk with sea salt, non-animal enzymes, and without artificial hormones, pesticides or herbicides. Rumiano produces several all-natural and organic award winning cheese varieties including both organic and conventional, Cheddar, Calico, Pepper Jack, Mediterranean Jack and of course the world famous Dry Monterey Jack, among many others. Our organic cheese is American Humane Certified and was the first Non-GMO Project Verified cheese in the World. Rumiano Cheese Company products are available for retail sale at select natural foods stores, grocery chains, and are served at fine restaurants internationally.”

TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 1400
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated—Beyond Organic
Ownership structure80Family-owned business
Milk Supply90Own patrons
Organic Production80Brand markets conventional and organic (with separate operations)
Disclosure of Information for Verification100Full disclosure
Organic Certification85Global Culture Organic Certifier; California Certified Organic Farmers; Organic Certifiers
Other Labels/Standards40American Humane third party certification
Grass-fed50Markets as grass fed; exceeds USDA percent intake requirements
Soy Free Ration?No
Pasture80Legitimate pasture access
Times Milked90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
Cull/death Rate100Very low cull rate
Replacements75Outside animals purchased occasionally from nearby farms
Calves75Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
Antibiotic Use75Cows may be brought back into organic production after antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormones used
Farm Support80Representatives visit farms regularly
Procurement of Ingredients100No outside ingredients used
Extra Credit100Very transparent with contact info. With respect to the concern of fraudulent grain imports, this dairy gets all of their feed from “open source” certified organic feed but were transparent enough to share that detail with us.