California Hens Welcomed to Organic Valley Brood

La Farge, Wis.
July 06, 2009
Contact P.R. Elizabeth Horton
work 207-838-0084 La Farge, Wis.

California Farmer Joins Cooperative Ensuring Supply of Fresh, Local, and Organic Eggs for West Coast Customers

Organic Valley Family of Farms, the nation's largest cooperative of organic farmers, announced today that a well-known California egg farmer has joined their cooperative. Judy and Steve's Egg Farm will produce organic eggs for the Organic Valley label for retail distribution in California and other western states.

Judy and Steve's Egg Farm has been widely recognized for its sustainable and humane approach to raising hens, as well as for the superior quality and nutritional value of the eggs produced by their flocks.The addition will allow Organic Valley to offer locally produced, certified organic eggs to its California customers, and will expand the cooperative's line of locally produced offerings, which include fresh milk and cream.

"We are very excited to have Judy and Steve's Egg Farm join the Organic Valley family to help us provide high-quality organic products to our California customers," says George Siemon, CEO of Organic Valley. "Having a California egg producer is important so that we can provide the freshest possible product while reducing the transportation impacts of shipping products from outside the region."

"Organic Valley shares our values for humanely raised animals and quality, organic production standards, making the partnership a win-win," says Judy, co- owner of Judy and Steve's Egg Farm. "The proximity of our farm and our steady supply will make it possible for Organic Valley to meet the demand for fresh, organic eggs to residents of California and beyond."

Organic Valley eggs from Judy and Steve's Egg Farm are available in grocery stores throughout California, including select Whole Foods Markets, Raley's, Lunardi's, Cosentino's, Cal Mart, O'Brien's, Key Markets, Marina Foods, Holiday Markets, Farmer Joe's Marketplace and Berkeley Bowl.

Note: High resolution image of Organic Valley's California egg carton available upon request.

Organic Valley Family of Farms: Independent and Farmer-Owned
Organic Valley is America's largest cooperative of organic farmers and is one of the nation's leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents 1,326 farmers in 32 states and one Canadian province, and achieved $527 million in 2008 sales. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces a variety of organic foods, including organic milk, soy, cheese, butter, spreads, creams, eggs, produce and juice, which are sold in supermarkets, natural foods stores and food cooperatives nationwide. The same farmers who produce for Organic Valley also produce a full range of delicious organic meat under the Organic Prairie Family of Farms label. For further information, call 1-888-444-MILK or visit www.organicvalley.coop, www.organicprairie.coop and the cooperative's farmer website, www.farmers.coop. Organic Valley is also on Twitter, www.twitter.com/organic_valley and Facebook, www.facebook.com/OrganicValley.

Organic Valley Family of Farms: Independent and Farmer-Owned

Organic Valley is America's largest cooperative of organic farmers and is one of the nation's leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents 1,326 farmers in 32 states and one Canadian province, and achieved $527.8 million in 2008 sales. Focused on its founding mission of saving family farms through organic farming, Organic Valley produces a variety of organic foods, including organic milk, soy, cheese, butter, spreads, creams, eggs, produce and juice, which are sold in supermarkets, natural foods stores and food cooperatives nationwide. The same farmers who produce for Organic Valley also produce a full range of delicious organic meat under the Organic Prairie Family of Farms label. For further information, call 1-888-444-MILK or visit www.organicvalley.coop, www.organicprairie.coop and the cooperative's farmer website, www.farmers.coop.

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