A new day is dawning for the bovine sisters of America! Concerned humans nationwide are joining a moooovement called Cows Unite (www.cowsunite.org) that demands pasturing for cows and the end of the use of synthetic hormones and pesticides, antibiotics and genetically modified feed for cattle.
Central to the Cows Unite initiative is the historic "Bovine Bill of Rights," a manifesto to help humans understand the human and bovine benefits of organic dairying practices, and the critical role of family farmers. Declarations include "Cows have the right to graze," and "Cows have the right to just say no to drugs." The full manifesto can be found at www.cowsunite.org, along with information about Cows Unite contests, member kits, calls to action and activities. Site visitors are informed and entertained as they watch bovine videos of the resistance in action and download free Cows Unite posters.
When it's hectic behind the scenes at a deli or restaurant, who has time to slice the cheese? Organic Valley today is announcing it is offering three of its most popular cheeses pre-sliced to restaurants and foodservice providers.
Available in Mild Cheddar, Baby Swiss and Provolone, Organic Valley's pre-sliced cheeses will offer foodservice providers delicious organic convenience and the ability to control slice portions.
Have some Half & Half in halves. Organic Valley’s Half & Half is now available in half-gallon (64 oz.) cartons.
Organic Valley's Half & Half is the nation's most popular certified organic Half & Half of its kind, and is currently available in 16 oz. and 32 oz. varieties.
Organic Valley is helping grocers grow cheese sales by the pound – two pounds actually – with the introduction of its highly popular certified organic Mild and Sharp Cheddars in 2 lb. packages.
"Cheese is the fastest growing organic dairy category in the grocery channel," said John Marin, commercial division sales manager for Organic Valley. "It's been estimated that the organic cheese market will grow by 96 percent by 2010.
Organic Valley is adding three new varieties to its shelf stable line: Half & Half, Whole and Chocolate Reduced Fat 2%, all in one liter cartons.
It's the first time Organic Valley is offering shelf stable products in one liter packages. They currently offer 1% Lowfat Regular, Strawberry, Chocolate and Vanilla milks in single serve, 8 oz. containers.
Organic Valley farmers from across the United States will be in New York City to support Farm Aid 2007: A HOMEGROWN Festival on September 9. Among this group will be Organic Valley's Gen-O Farmers, a new and young generation of organic farmers taking the lead to ensure the future of family farming while producing high quality organic food.
Farm Aid, which will be making its debut in New York, will feature headliners Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds and The Allman Brothers. Organizers plan to serve 100 percent local, organic, humanely-raised and family-farmed food at the festival - a first for a major concert event. Organic Valley farmers, including 16 Gen-O Farmers, will be there to show their support through in-person appearances, product donation, and education about organic agriculture and Organic Valley's mission to save America's family farms.
The Haynes Dairy in Claremont – a member of the Organic Valley cooperative of farmers – has been named New Hampshire's Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year for 2007 by the Green Pastures Program. The award, which annually names one winner from each of the six New England states, evaluates farms on their achievement in business management, crop production, pasture quality, herd performance, environmental practices, and community leadership.
Certified as an organic dairy last May, the Haynes Farm represents the first organic dairy farm in New Hampshire to win this distinction. This year's judges cited the many farm innovations, clean cows and barn, quality pasture, and the overall dairy operation as the reasons for the Haynes' Farm win. Organic Valley is the nation's largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the largest organic dairy brands in the nation.
After more than a year of planning and construction, Organic Valley employees, state and local officials, business leaders and community members will gather in Cashton, Wis. on Friday, July 27 to celebrate the grand-opening of the new $17.5 million Organic Valley Distribution Center. The new facility will serve as the primary warehouse and distribution center for Organic Valley, America's largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation's leading organic brands.
The event will begin at 11 a.m. and feature presentations by George Siemon, CEO for Organic Valley, Wayne Peters, Organic Valley board president, and Bob Amundson, Cashton Village president, among others, and an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. There will be a picnic lunch at noon, and tours of the new facility from 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
Have a half of heavy: Organic Valley today is announcing it has begun offering its highly popular Heavy Whipping Cream in half-gallon, 64-ounce cartons.
Coming from the milk of pastured cows on family farms, Organic Valley cream is a favorite of many chefs. Some research has shown that milk from pastured animals has higher levels of Conjugated Lineolic Acid (CLA) and Omega-3 fatty acids.
By using a special flash heating and cooling technology, the ultra-pasteurized Heavy Whipping Cream can stay fresh up to three times longer than other creams. The regionally and locally produced cream already is available in quarts and pints.
Organic Valley today announced it has extended its line of certified organic sliced cheeses with a new offering of Provolone, Baby Swiss and Muenster cheese varieties sliced in 6-ounce packages. The new SKUs are additions to the product line that currently includes Mild Cheddar and Monterey Jack.
The first brand in the nation to offer organic cheese, Organic Valley already offers its Provolone, Baby Swiss and Muenster cheeses un-sliced in 8-ounce packages.