Organic Valley

Rating
CompanyCROPP Cooperative
LocationLa Farge, WI
Productssoy beverage
Market AreaNationwide
Web Sitewww.organicvalley.coop
Total Score880

The CROPP Cooperative markets Organic Valley products, including soymilk, nationwide. This farmer cooperative started with seven dairy farms; they now have hundreds of farmers in all regions of the country.

They write:

“CROPP (Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools) is a farmer-owned cooperative, dedicated to bringing our member-owners’ certified organic products to market under the brand names of Organic Valley Family of Farms for dairy, juice, eggs, produce, and soy, and Organic Prairie for beef, pork, and poultry.

In an era where corporations dominate all facets of business including government, global energy, agriculture, and global food supply, CROPP Cooperative serves small farmers and rural community health. Our cooperative was founded to nurture local communities by keeping farmers on the land, farming.”

CriteriaPointsComments
TOTAL (possible score is 1000)880
4-Bean Rating | Excellent
Family-farmer owned businesses receive the most points, investor owned corporations the fewest.
Ownership Structure
90Farmer-owned Cooperative
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
75Partial disclosure
Reflects the integrity of the company’s chosen organic certifying organization.
Organic Certifier
100OTCO
Companies selling only organic products receive the most points.
Organic Product Line
100100% organic
Companies that manufacture in-house receive the most points.
Manufacturing
75Products are manufactured by a copacker; partial sourcing 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
100100% directly from North American farmers; farmer information available on website
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
100certified organic flavors
Companies that do not use soy lecithin or that use certified organic soy lecithin receive the most points.
Soy Lecithin
100none used