Wallaby (Dannon North America)
|Farm/Brand Headquarters||Denver, CO|
|Products||Kefir, sour cream, yogurt|
New rating pending: this brand was purchased by WhiteWave (the former branded products division of Dean Foods, the largest milk bottler in the United States). In the game of corporate musical chairs WhiteWave, and its portfolio of brands, was purchased by Groupe Danone of France (the largest dairy processor/marketer in the world — marketing in this country under the corporate umbrella of Dannon North America).
Since Dannon took control of the Horizon and Wallaby brands they have canceled contracts with family-scale farmers in numerous states. Wallaby suppliers used to be clustered around Petaluma north of San Francisco. To our knowledge all those farmers have had their contracts terminated.
We have contacted Dannon North America and asked them to update us on the milk sourcing. We will update their score and profile on the scorecard shortly.
In the previous iteration of the organic dairy scorecard this brand rated 4 cows. Unfortunately, they have failed to update some of their information needed for this more comprehensive scorecard. Since we were unable to confirm some of the information this brand has been downgraded by one whole classification. Where possible, this brand’s old scores, based on their previous survey and our confirmation work, were substituted into the new rubric to represent this change.
In dairy, we now see about half of the “organic” milk supply coming from factory dairies milking their cows as many as three to four times a day pushing for high production (legitimate organic farms usually milk twice a day). Cornucopia’s research also shows many of these dairies are still not providing the required amount of grazing for each cow as the law requires. While some excellent dairy marketers may feel they don’t need to participate because they already have a good relationship with their consumers, their lack of participation aids and abets factory farms and hurts ethical dairies across the country (many of whom do not have the option to directly market to consumers and need to rely on the wholesale marketplace).
Participation in this survey and scorecard separates the organic label between those brands that are ”beyond organic,” others at least meeting the minimum legal standards and those that are ethically deficient. In an industry where industrial dairies do have something to hide, the lack of transparency in brands that might otherwise score well hurts the integrity of the organic label.
If you’re a customer of this brand your voice may have some sway in the marketplace. Please use your power as a concerned consumer to ask your favorite brand to stand up for organic integrity by participating in The Cornucopia Institute’s research study and scorecard. Let them know you obviously have the option to use the scorecard to choose an alternative brand that is willing to be transparent with their practices.
WhiteWave Foods, the corporate food giant, acquired Wallaby Yogurt in 2015.
|TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit)||645|
3-Cow Rating | Unverified
|Milk Supply||40||Previously milk of integrity but source is now unconfirmed|
|Organic Production||40||Unknown if operations are mixed|
|Disclosure of Information for Verification||0||Did not participate; poor transparency|
|Organic Certification||75||Primarily CCOF|
|Other Labels/Standards||0||No answer|
|Grass-fed||40||Previous survey showed legitimate grazing in a difficult climate|
|Soy Free Ration?||No answer. Soy is likely used in feed.|
|Pasture||40||Previous survey showed legitimate grazing in a difficult climate|
|Times Milked||80||Likely twice a day (standard)|
|Cull/death Rate||75||Previous survey showed low cull rates; unknown if that changed due to non-participation|
|Replacements||75||Previous survey showed closed herds|
|Antibiotic Use||0||Previous survey showed no antibiotic use|
|Hormone Usage||0||Previous survey showed no hormone use|
|Farm Support||75||Dairies used to be visited regularly by staff|
|Procurement of Ingredients||45||Milk powder used, source unknown|