Stonyfield Farms (Lactalis)

Rating
Farm/Brand HeadquartersLondonderry, NH
ProductsCream, fluid milk, frozen yogurt, yogurt
Websitewww.stonyfield.com
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1315

They write: “As the leading organic yogurt maker, Stonyfield takes care with everything it puts into its yogurts and everything it keeps out. By saying no to toxic persistent pesticides, artificial hormones, antibiotics and GMOs, Stonyfield has been saying yes to delicious, healthy food for more than 30 years. With their direct milk supply program, Stonyfield helps to grow the number of organic dairy farms in New England – and through their support of the Wolfe’s Neck Dairy Farmer training program, Stonyfield works to train the next generation of organic farmers. To learn more about all Stonyfield products and more, visit www.Stonyfield.com.”

In 2017 the french dairy giant Groupe Danone announced it would be selling Stonyfield to family-owned French dairy Lactalis. The divestiture of Stonyfield by its longtime parent, Groupe Dannon US, came after a formal antitrust challenge after Danone announced their acquisition of WhiteWave Foods which controlled the Horizon and Wallaby organic brands.

Historically, Cornucopia has always referenced Danone/Stonyfield as an example of a larger corporation that had not betrayed the foundational values it was founded upon. We never, during our investigations, discovered evidence that they had shifted supporting family-scale farms, primarily in the Northeast, by buying cheaper “factory farm” organic milk. We hope that Lactalis will continue to respect that heritage and the expectations of their customers.

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 2700)1315
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Ownership structure70Corporate-owned brand operating independently. Good track record.
Milk Supply85Primarily sourced from milk cooperative composed mostly of family farms.
Organic Production100Only markets certified organic products
Disclosure of Information for Verification95Top transparency for large corporate brand.
Organic Certification75Products certified by Quality Assurance International (QAI); farm certifier varies.
Other Labels/Standards40Non-GMO Project verified products
Grass-fed55Exceeds minimum USDA standards for grazing
Soy Free Ration?No, though their 100% grassfed products are soy-free
Pasture75Good pasture compliance in the majority of farms.
Times Milked90Most daries milk twice a day (standard)
Cull/death Rate75Moderate cull rate and low death rate
Replacements100Most farms are closed herd or purchase organic replacement animals.
Calves75Most calves removed shortly after birth (standard practice); some farms use nurse cows or keep calves with mothers for a few days.
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormone use
Farm Support90Corporation that sets standards and has a staff and third party audits that visits farms regularly
Procurement of Ingredients90Outside ingredients from trusted sources
Extra Credit0None