|Farm/Brand Headquarters||Petaluma, CA|
They write: “In Iceland, we call yogurt “skyr.” It’s thick, high in protein and calcium, and low in sugar. It kept our Viking ancestors strong through long dark winters.
This is the yogurt of Icelander, Smari. When Smari came of age, he moved from Iceland to California. Then, a few years ago, he became a father. He began thinking about what to feed his son. He wished more foods were tasty enough to make a child happy, and healthy enough to make a parent feel good. He realized the world needed an organic Icelandic yogurt.
Smari is the only certified organic Icelandic yogurt in the U.S. Our milk is from pasture-based, family-farm cows never treated with hormones and our fruit is grown without pesticides and herbicides. We think pure, natural food tastes more interesting than factory-farmed stuff. And it’s better for you. Better for your kids, too.
By implementing authentic Icelandic methods, Smari boasts the highest protein content per ounce of any yogurt on the market: 20 – 30% higher than Greek yogurt. It?s also lower in sugar and, due to the straining process, ultra thick, creamy, and delicious.
Spoons speak of it in awe. According to legend, people in remote Iceland villages eat it with a knife and fork. It may be the best yogurt on earth.” This brand is found nationwide at Sprouts, Whole Foods, NCG, and other smaller retailers.”
|TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)||1120|
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
|Ownership structure||70||Family-run corporation|
|Milk Supply||70||Milk supplied by highly-rated milk cooperative|
|Organic Production||90||Processes both organic and conventional products; organic farms do not have split operations|
|Disclosure of Information for Verification||90||Excellent disclosure|
|Organic Certification||100||Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA)|
|Other Labels/Standards||0||None. Produces are kosher and gluten free.|
|Grass-fed||50||Meets minimum standards for grazing|
|Soy Free Ration?||No - soy may be included in feed.|
|Pasture||75||Good pasture compliance|
|Times Milked||90||Two times a day (standard protocol on legitimate organic dairies)|
|Cull/death Rate||0||supplier did not answer this question|
|Calves||75||Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)|
|Antibiotic Use||100||No antibiotic use|
|Hormone Usage||60||A portion of milk supplied may use hormones therapeutically|
|Farm Support||60||Cooperative staff visits farms at least once a year but brand representatives do not visit the farms|
|Procurement of Ingredients||90||High integrity outside ingredients used|