CompanyLifeway Foods
LocationMorton Grove, IL
Productscultured soy beverage
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score810

Lifeway produces primarily dairy kefir, but also has a soy-based version. They readily shared the sourcing information for their soybeans, but they do not buy directly from family farmers. Their supplier claims they provide only North American-grown organic soybeans, but did not share the sourcing of their soybeans.

Lifeway writes:

“Lifeway is America’s leading supplier of the cultured dairy product know as kefir and organic kefir. Lifeway Foods, recently named Crain’s Chicago 49th fastest growing Chicago Companies and Fortune Small Business’ 49th Fastest Growing Small Business, one of only 4 companies to ever be named to the list five straight years in a row. Lifeway’s kefir products include regular and organic kefir, a soy-based version called SoyTreat, a new Indian variety known as Lifeway Lassi, organic whole milk kefir, and a children’s line of organic kefir products called ProBugs packaged in a no-spill pouch. Lifeway also produces the La Fruta line of drinkable yogurt marketed in US Hispanic communities, a variety of cheese products and It’s Pudding! organic pudding.”

TOTAL (possible score is 1000) 810
4-Bean Rating | Excellent
Family-farmer owned businesses receive the most points, investor owned corporations the fewest.
Ownership Structure
60Publicly traded, 20% owned by Danone
Reflects a company’s commitment to purchasing organic soybeans.
Percentage Organic Soybean Purchases
100100% Organic Purchases
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
Companies selling only organic products receive the most points.
Organic Product Line
100100% Organic Products
Companies that manufacture in-house receive the most points.
100All manufacturing done in-house
Companies that purchase directly from farmers receive the most points; companies that buy through brokers selling imports receive the fewest.
Sourcing and Farmer Relationships
60Soybeans purchased from brokers that supply 100% North American soybeans; broker did not participate
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.
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