Vermont Soy

Rating
CompanyVermont Soy
LocationHardwick, VT
Productssoymilk
Market AreaNortheast
Web Sitewww.vermontsoy.com
Total Score920

Vermont Soy is a relatively new company, and one of the founders is an organic farmer. While many other soy milk and tofu companies are looking to source overseas or moving away from supporting organic farming, Vermont Soy is actively building a reliable source of locally grown organic soybeans by working with organic farmers in their home state of Vermont to grow organic soybeans.

They use only real food ingredients to flavor their soy milk, such as vanilla extract and cocoa powder instead of natural flavors. Their packaging is fully recyclable, as opposed to the cartons used by most brands which are not recyclable in all areas. Their soymilk is also unique in that it is gently pasteurized (as opposed to high-heat pasteurized), which is enough to kill harmful bacteria without exposing the food to excessive heat.

They write: “Vermont Soy supports sustainable agriculture and local economies. Our organic and non-GMO soybeans are grown by Vermont farmers and handcrafted into Fresh Soymilk and Artisan Tofu. We use time-honored, traditional techniques to deliver a fresh and authentic tasting soy foods. We believe that fresh, organic, and local foods are the healthiest choice for both you and the planet.”

CriteriaPointsComment
TOTAL (possible score is 1000)920
5-Bean Rating | Top-Rated
Family-farmer owned businesses receive the most points, investor owned corporations the fewest.
Ownership Structure
80Limited Liability Corporation with direct ties to farmers
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
100NOFA VT
Companies selling only organic products receive the most points.
Organic Product Line
100100% Organic Products
Companies that manufacture in-house receive the most points.
Manufacturing
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
100100% directly from Vermont farmers; the company works directly with farmers and visits them
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
100Only organic food ingredients used, such as organic vanilla extract and organic cocoa powder
Companies that do not use soy lecithin or that use certified organic soy lecithin receive the most points.
Soy Lecithin
100none used