Kirkland Signature Pastured

Farm/Brand HeadquartersIssaquah, WA
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score410

This brand is a private label, or store brand. Grocers or distributors will buy their eggs wholesale and re-label them under their own brand name. They often have no direct interaction with the farmers. Store brands lack transparency, often cloaking their practices under the heading of “confidential business information.”

If you are consumer of this brand we encourage you to reach out and ask where your particular store sources their eggs. While the sourcing may differ across regions, consumer activism plays a valuable role in marketplace transparency.

Kirkland Signature may be supplied in part by Wilcox Family Farms (cage-free organic).

TOTAL (possible score is 1700) 410
Brands that have close daily control over their egg production receive the most points.
Ownership Structure
0Corporate veiling, lack of transparency in business model
Brands that only produce organic products make the biggest investments — in time and money — in systems that benefit us all. Eggs sourced from a single operation receive the most points. Eggs of unclear origins and/or with poor oversight receives the fewest points.
Commitment to Organic Label
0Sells both conventional and organic products
Additional certifications, depending on the credibility of the label, can demonstrate a commitment beyond the organic standards.
Other Labels and Standards
60American Humane Certified pasture-raised eggs must be laid by hens with at least 108 square feet of outdoor space on a pasture with living vegetation.Some eggs may have other labels; check packaging
Smaller flock sizes (the number of laying hens per housing structure) offer better animal welfare conditions.
Flock Size(s)
25May be over 1000 birds per flock; unconfirmed
The best housing offers space for natural behaviors and legitimate access to the outdoors through adequate exits.
Hen Housing and Exit Areas
20Fixed housing with unknown exits
Adequate indoor spacing reduces stress and disease. With less crowding, birds can stretch their wings and more easily perform other natural behaviors.
Indoor Spacing
30Meets some minimum standards for welfare (due to 3rd party label)
High scoring brands provide enough space to allow each hen to fully utilize their outdoor area, and to perform instinctive behaviors without harming the environment.
Outdoor Spacing
100American Humane Certified pasture-raised eggs must be laid by hens with at least 108 square feet of outdoor space on a pasture with living vegetation.
High quality outdoor access includes vegetation, soil, and ample opportunities to forage year-round.
Quality of Outdoor Access
50Living vegetation is required
Birds that are introduced to the outdoors early are more accustomed to spending time outdoors without fear or stress.
Outdoor Access Timing
Year-round access to perches, scratching areas, deep litter, novel foodstuffs, and dust bathing contribute to quality of life.
35Unknown, but outdoor access is legitimate
Chickens use their beaks to interact with the world. Authentic organic farmers account for this behavior, eschewing beak trimming.
25Beaks likely tipped at hatchery
Raising chicks on farm or buying them from certified organic hatcheries shows dedication to organic production from start to finish.
Chicks and Pullets
0No answer/information not confirmed
Brands that have low rates of deaths and utilize their spent hens for human consumption or similar score the highest.
Deaths, Culls, and Spent Hens
0No answer/information not confirmed
Brands that closely monitor and manage health of soil, native species, and water quality receive the most points.
Environmental Impacts
25Better environmental impact but specific practices unknown
Feed Sourcing0No answer/information not confirmed
Brands that score well here go above and beyond to ensure the highest animal welfare, taking into consideration their hens’ safety and cleanliness, natural behavior, and stress levels.
Animal Welfare
40Meets some minimum standards for welfare (due to 3rd party label)
Cornucopia believes you have a right to transparency. Top brands share information with Cornucopia via a survey and cooperate with our own independent investigations.
0Did not participate with investigators
Brands do not receive points, but this information is offered for people with soy and/or gluten allergies.
Soy free and/or gluten free?
Brands do not receive points, but are invited to submit the name of their Accredited Organic Certifier (suppliers may have different certifiers).
Organic Certifier (non-scoring)
Extra credit is offered for various practices that go above-and-beyond in some form.
Extra Credit