In 2009, Organic Valley’s farmer-owners, who like all farmers are facing the deepest and longest recession in more than 50 years, demonstrated once again the strength and resilience of the cooperative business model that has made Organic Valley a brand trusted by consumers and retail partners alike.
Sales for the nation’s largest organic farmer-owned cooperative were $520 million in 2009, down l.3 percent from 2008. Though Organic Valley remained profitable, it was the first time the cooperative, which formed in 1988, has experienced lower year-over-year sales.
In a measure designed to provide a stable price and secure market for its organic feed, Farmer Direct Co-operative Ltd., of Regina, Canada, has joined Organic Valley Family of Farm's Grower Pool. A co-operative of more than 1,400 family farmers in North America, Organic Valley formed its Grower Pool last year to provide stable prices for organic feed producers and to ensure a supply of organic grain for its member farmers.
The New Year is the time for resolutions, especially ones about kick-starting a lifestyle that’s healthier for the body as well as the planet. This January, Organic Valley – a farmer-owned cooperative of more than 1,300 organic family farmers nationwide – is wheeling out a promotion that will help people fulfill that noble but often elusive resolution.
Organic Valley Family of Farms, the nation's largest cooperative of organic farmers, will donate 1,200 cases of its 8-ounce single serve organic milk to Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin today. The donation will feed more than 28,000 at-risk people in southwestern Wisconsin. Second Harvest acquires and distributes food to more than 400 charitable food programs working to end hunger at the neighborhood and community levels in 16 southwestern Wisconsin counties.
Top Chefs and Dieticians Agree: Award-Winning Organic Valley Butter is
Key Ingredient to Rich Recipes—Savory, Sweet and Wholesome
Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers, recently won awards for its European Style Cultured Butter and Pasture Butter, two delicious butter offerings from its family of farms. To celebrate the awards—and recent health findings that butter is in fact better—Organic Valley has developed several recipes and serving suggestions just in time for the holidays.
Organic Valley Puts the Spirit of the Season in Holiday Baking with Coupons, Cash Donations and Prize Drawings
This holiday season, Organic Valley, a farmer-owned cooperative of more than 1,300 organic family farmers nationwide, is giving customers a charitable way to spread the cheer. Through the end of the year, shoppers can visit their local grocers or food co-ops and participate in the Celebrate Organic–Local Heroes contest. Not only will shoppers be able to take advantage of $10 worth of coupons and stock up on Organic Valley products for holiday baking, they'll also be helping to fill the shelves of local food banks just by participating in the promotion.
Starting today, an Organic Valley purchase at Ray's Food Place presents an opportunity to play a role in the restoration of waterways and protection of the local environment. Organic Valley and Ray’s Food Place are proud to launch a program with EcoUnit, a new shopper rewards program that awards customers with EcoUnit credits that can be redeemed to support local stewardship projects like tree planting, river restoration, removal of invasive species and watershed clean-up.
Thanks to tremendous consumer involvement, Nature's Path Organic Foods and Organic Valley presented a check for $50,000 to the Rodale Institute for outreach to farmers as an organic solution to global climate change. The check was presented at a special event during the Washington, DC Green Festival, the nation's premier sustainability event.
To ring in the decade on a healthy note, Organic Valley is offering its retailer partners "Organic Rising," an in-store campaign featuring national media, a contest, and prizes to generate increased sales of delicious organic breakfast products from the farmer-owned cooperative. Organic Rising's message encourages consumers to begin a new year and a new day with a wholesome, organic breakfast. The chance to win exciting prizes, save money, and trigger a donation to the Rodale Institute will enhance sales of Organic Valley products and drive home the point that eating organic is good for the body and the planet.
Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands, today launched the first online calculator that shows consumers the toxic burden prevented by their choices of organic vs. non-organic and “natural” foods. The calculator is available at www.organicvalley.coop.
Much like an online shopping experience, the Organic Valley calculator invites visitors to put their favorite Organic Valley dairy products into a simulated shopping basket to weigh the positive impact of their organic food choices. As each food product is placed in the basket, the calculator automatically adds up and displays the amounts of pesticides and synthetic nitrogen fertilizers avoided by that product, as opposed to a comparable conventional product. The numbers are derived from a calculation of USDA conventional agriculture data compared with twenty years of parallel data from Organic Valley member-farms.