Meijer Organics

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Farm/Brand HeadquartersGrand Rapids, MI
WebsiteNone/Unknown
Market AreaUnknown
Total Score0

Private‐label, or store‐brand eggs come from grocers or distributors who have the obvious desire of wanting to grow their presence in the organic marketplace. These brands typically get their eggs wholesale and re-label them under their own brand name without direct interaction with farmers. Unfortunately, there is an inherent limitation in private‐label organic products: organic consumers tend to want to know where their food is coming from and how it is produced, and private‐label products are anonymous by their very nature. Our research indicates that the vast majority of organic eggs for private label brands are produced on industrial farms that house hundreds of thousands of birds and do not grant the birds meaningful outdoor access.

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TOTAL (possible score is 2600) 0
1-Egg Rating | Poor
Family farms and farmer cooperatives that market their own eggs receive the most points. Corporations that do not produce any eggs receive the fewest points.
Ownership Structure
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Flocks of 500 birds or fewer receive the most points based on Animal Welfare Approved standards.
Average Flock Size
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Single henhouses receive the most points.
Single or Double Henhouses
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Animal Welfare Approved and Biodynamic certifications receive the most bonus points. Producers are not penalized for not having additional certifications beyond organic.
Other Certifications (bonus points)
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Points determined by integrity of the brand’s organic certifier.
Organic Certifier
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Farms that are 100% certified organic receive the most points, farms/brands that are split conventional and organic receive fewer points.
Commitment to Organics
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More than 1.8 square feet per bird receives the most points, less than 1.2 square feet receives the fewest.
Indoor Space per Bird
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Farms with perches, scratching areas and deep litter or year round pasture receive the most points.
Indoor Enrichments
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Farms that freshen litter weekly receive the most points.
Litter Management
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Farms that ensure birds have ample access to outdoors during daylight hours receive the most points.
Natural Light
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Farms that ensure 108 square feet per bird or more outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Space per Bird
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Farms that ensure birds are in mobile housing or 1 large door per 75 birds receive the most points.
Popholes/Exit to the Outdoors
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Farms that ensure birds have access to feed, water and shade outdoors receive the most points.
Outdoor Enrichments
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Farms that can ensure outdoor access year round or those that only confine birds during inclement weather receive the most points.
Outdoor Space Exemptions
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Farms that use mobile housing rotated on pasture every 1-2 days or weekly receive the most points.
Outdoor Management System
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Farms that recycle chicken manure on the farm, using it for fertilizer, without causing nutrient pollution, receive the most points.
Manure Handling System
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Farms that never force molting receive the most points.
Forced Molting
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Farms that never trim or tip beaks receive the most points.
Beak Trimming
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Farms where hens live an average of 3+ years or 1.6-3 years receive the most points.
Laying Hen Lifespan
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Farms where spent hens die a natural death, are sold for meat, or are processed and sold for human consumption, receive the most points.
Use of Spent Hens
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Farms where the death loss rate of hens is less than 3% annually receive the most points.
Death Loss Rate
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Farms that breed and incubate their own chicks, or raise their own pullets, receive the most points.
Pullets
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Farms that allow pullets access to the outdoors within the first 6 weeks of life, or within 6-10 weeks, receive the most points.
Pullet Access to Outdoors
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Farms where all feed is produced on the farm receive the most points.
Feed Produced on Farm
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Farms where 100% of the feed is grown in the US or Canada receive the most points.
US Grown Feed
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No points are given for this but the information may be useful to certain consumers looking to avoid soy.
Soy in Feed
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Farms that do not feed synthetic amino acids receive the most points.
Synthetic Amino Acids
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Farms that participated in Cornucopia’s research providing full transparency receive the most points.
Disclosure Rate
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