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)1400
5-Cow Rating | Top-Rated—Beyond Organic
Farmstead dairies who live on-site (or work their own dairy daily) receive top points for this category. No transparency and/or no answer receive no points.
Ownership structure
80Family-owned business
Farmstead dairies and well-managed cooperatives with only their own patrons get top points in this category. Fewer points go to brands that have less control over their milk supply.
Milk Supply
90Own patrons
Brands that do not also market any conventional products receive top points in this category. Brands that are less dedicated to organics receive fewer points.
Organic Production
80Brand markets conventional and organic (with separate operations)
The best transparency toward Cornucopia investigators is rewarded by full points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
100Full disclosure
If a top-rated organic certifier certifies this brand they receive full points. Certifiers with questionable practices receive fewer points.
Organic Certification
85Global Culture Organic Certifier; California Certified Organic Farmers; Organic Certifiers
If this brand has other third-party labels, particularly animal-welfare labels, that will provide them extra points in this category depending on the particular label and its standards.
Other Labels/Standards
40American Humane third party certification
100% Grass-fed with independent verification or independent standards to ensure compliance will receive full points in this category. Other points are attributed to how much forage composes the dairy cows’ diets.
50Markets as grass fed; exceeds USDA percent intake requirements
No point value – this information is offered for buyers interested in milk from cows without soy in their diets.
Soy Free Ration?
Rating based on (a) policies of brand, (b) enforcement/oversight (c) acreage available per cow, (d) average days on pasture (e) investigative actions.
80Legitimate pasture access
Where cows are milked one to two times per day they receive top points. It's standard organic protocol to milk two times a day. Dairies that milk three-to-four times a day is one indicator of factory-organics.
Times Milked
90Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)
A cull and/or death rate under 10% annually receives full points.
Cull/death Rate
100Very low cull rate
Closed herd (meaning the brand raises all their replacement cattle) receives full points. If conventional animals are purchased, the brand receives fewer points.
75Outside animals purchased occasionally from nearby farms
If this brand has a unique way of managing calves they receive more points. If they remove the calf shortly after birth (the standard practice) they receive 70 points.
75Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
When the brand prohibits all antibiotic use they receive full points. No answer receives no points.
Antibiotic Use
75Cows may be brought back into organic production after antibiotic use
When no hormones are used on farm(s) this brand receives full points. When the brand uses hormones therapeutically post-birth the brand receives 50 points.
Hormone Usage
100No hormones used
Farmstead dairies (lives on site) get full points and cooperative/corporations that set standards and have staff that visit the supplying dairies also receive top points. No direct supervision and/or personal relationship with farm(s) gets low or no points.
Farm Support
80Representatives visit farms regularly
Full control of any added ingredients (100% come from within organization) receives top points. Dairy ingredients purchased from a number of different vendors (with less direct control) receives fewer points in this category.
Procurement of Ingredients
100No outside ingredients used
Several questions were asked in addition to the original survey questions that would ultimately give producers “extra credit” points. Look for details in individual brand explanations.
Extra Credit
100Very 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.

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