Smari Organics

Farm/Brand HeadquartersPetaluma, CA
ProductsYogurt (skyr)
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1120

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)1120
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
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
70Family-run corporation
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
70Milk supplied by highly-rated milk cooperative
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
90Processes both organic and conventional products; organic farms do not have split operations
The best transparency toward Cornucopia investigators is rewarded by full points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
90Excellent disclosure
If a top-rated organic certifier certifies this brand they receive full points. Certifiers with questionable practices receive fewer points.
Organic Certification
100Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA)
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
0None. Produces are kosher and gluten free.
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.
50Meets minimum standards for grazing
No point value – this information is offered for buyers interested in milk from cows without soy in their diets.
Soy Free Ration?
No - soy may be included in feed.
Rating based on (a) policies of brand, (b) enforcement/oversight (c) acreage available per cow, (d) average days on pasture (e) investigative actions.
75Good pasture compliance
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
0supplier did not answer this question
Closed herd (meaning the brand raises all their replacement cattle) receives full points. If conventional animals are purchased, the brand receives fewer points.
100Closed herds
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
100No 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
60A portion of milk supplied may use hormones therapeutically
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
60Cooperative staff visits farms at least once a year but brand representatives do not visit the farms
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
90High integrity 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.
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