Harris Teeter private label

Rating
CompanyHarris Teeter
LocationMatthews, NC
Productssoymilk, edamame
Market AreaMid-Atlantic and Southeast
Web Sitewww.harristeeter.com
Total Score605

Harris Teeter is one of the few grocery store companies with a private label soymilk to participate in our project. They provided full and open sourcing disclosure.

Tracing their organic soybeans to the source was not possible. A soybean’s path from field to shelf is much longer for those destined to private label products; sometimes numerous middlemen are involved and while some participated, we were ultimately unable to verify the source of the soybeans.

Our research indicates that the supplier of the organic soybeans for Harris Teeter soymilk works closely with North American organic farmers and sources at least a fair percentage of North American organic soybeans. Again, this grocery chain deserves credit for being transparent with their customers.

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 1000)605
3-Bean Rating | Very Good
Family-farmer owned businesses receive the most points, investor owned corporations the fewest.
Ownership Structure
60investor owned
Reflects a company’s commitment to purchasing organic soybeans.
Percentage Organic Soybean Purchases
30company also purchases conventional, no non-GMO policy
Companies committed to transparency receive the most points.
Disclosure of Information for Verification
100Full and open disclosure
Reflects the integrity of the company’s chosen organic certifying organization.
Organic Certifier
75QAI
Companies selling only organic products receive the most points.
Organic Product Line
30company has private label products with an organic line
Companies that manufacture in-house receive the most points.
Manufacturing
90Products are manufactured by a copacker with full disclosure
Companies that purchase directly from farmers receive the most points; companies that buy through brokers selling imports receive the fewest.
Sourcing and Farmer Relationships
30Company identified copacker; copacker participated but sourcing of soybeans could not be verified. Our research indicates that the supplier provides a fair percentage of North American-grown organic soybeans.
Companies that are committed to preventing GMO contamination receive the most points.
Prevention of GMO Contamination
40no testing
Companies that do not add flavor or add only certified organic natural flavor receive the most points.
Flavors
50non-organic natural flavors
Companies that do not use soy lecithin or that use certified organic soy lecithin receive the most points.
Soy Lecithin
100none used