Organic Valley, the nation’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, today announced their 2011 year-end results, which include bringing on 212 new farmers in regions such as Pennsylvania, Vermont, and California for 12 percent member growth across the country, increasing sales from $620 million to $715 million for 15.3 percent growth, and donating more than $2.2 million to nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing organic food and farming—from community food banks to farmer initiatives to advocacy for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food.
Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands, recently named Lewis Goldstein as the co-op’s new executive marketing director. A seasoned marketing communications professional in the consumer packaged goods sector, Goldstein previously served as vice president of marketing at Kiss My Face, and held marketing roles at Dr. Pepper Snapple Group with brands such as Snapple and Mott’s, as well as at The Boston Beer Company, brewer of Sam Adams beers.
Recognized for their extraordinary land stewardship, Organic Valley farmer-owners Rosie and Ward Burroughs of Burroughs Family Farm recently received the honor of being one of three finalists for the prestigious sixth annual Leopold Conservation Award for California. The award is named for world-renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold. Nominees were recognized at the California Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting on December 5 in Sparks, Nevada.
Organic Prairie, the brand of delicious organic meats produced by the same farmer-owned co-op as Organic Valley, today announced it has signed a partnership with Lorentz Meats, a family-owned meat market and processing plant with four decades of history in Cannon Falls, Minnesota and neighboring regions. The partnership will allow Organic Prairie to consolidate regional production, increase capacity and sustain its high standards of quality—from pasture-based feeding and humane animal treatment to delicious organic taste.
Organic Valley, the nation’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, and Gundersen Health System today announced construction has begun on the Cashton Greens Wind Farm, Wisconsin’s first community wind project. This collaborative project will feature two wind turbines expected to generate nearly 5 megawatts of energy for Cashton’s power grid—enough to power 1,000 homes each year. The energy produced will more than offset electricity used at Organic Valley’s Cashton Distribution Center and its La Farge headquarters facilities, and represents about five percent of Gundersen’s energy independence goal.
Stonyfield and Organic Valley are giving the gift of organic food this holiday season—and providing consumers an opportunity to do the same. The two companies have launched an online campaign to encourage healthy organic eating that will benefit Wholesome Wave, an organization whose programs are designed to make nutritious, locally-grown food available and affordable to America’s underserved urban and rural communities.
The State of Ohio today agreed that it will no longer pursue regulations limiting labeling on organic dairy products. Ohio had attempted to prohibit statements on labels which informed consumers that organic dairy products are produced without antibiotics, pesticides or synthetic hormones. After the Organic Trade Association (OTA) sued the State of Ohio, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with consumers’ right to know and gutted the Ohio rule, finding that it was unconstitutional. Ohio has now agreed to abandon the rule rather than trying to revive it, recognizing that the First Amendment allows organic dairy products to proudly state that they are produced in accordance with the organic standards, without the use of synthetic growth hormones, pesticides, or antibiotics.
A coalition of nearly 400 businesses and organizations dedicated to food safety and consumer rights today called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, to give consumers the right to know what is in our food.
Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands, today announced the Generation Organic™ 2011 “Who’s Your Farmer?” Tour, which will kick off at Organic Valley headquarters in La Farge, Wis. on September 26 and wind its way through the Pacific Northwest, wrapping up at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Ca. on October 17.
Organic Valley farmer-owners, Delmar and Theresa Westaby, are proud to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Westaby Family Farms, the Stockton, Ill. organic dairy that has been in their family for five generations. The Westabys will host a private celebration to commemorate this milestone at their farm Saturday, Aug. 13.