Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands, was awarded “Processor of the Year” by Dairy Foods Magazine, the leading national dairy trade publication. Organic Valley founding farmer and C-E-I-E-I-O George Siemon, along with other Organic Valley executives, will receive the award in person at the 2011 Dairy Forum on January 23, in Miami, hosted by the International Dairy Foods Association.
“This is a true industry honor for us,” said Siemon. “We thank not only the editors at Dairy Foods Magazine, but also our many partners and farmer owners who have made our cooperative what it is today. From supply management and new products, to sustainability initiatives, regional strategies and cultivating the next generation of organic farmers, it’s been a very big year for us and a big year for organics.”
As a result of the award, Organic Valley was featured in the December issue of Dairy Foods, available online at (insert link). In the article, Chief Editor Jim Carper reports:
Despite a tough national economy, the company has grown its retail sales of dairy products, private-label products and exports. It launched new products and new marketing campaigns. The company has worked tirelessly to save the family farmer and to preserve rural communities. For these reasons, Organic Valley is Dairy Foods’ Processor of the Year for 2010.
Organic Valley is America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands. Organized in 1988, it represents 1,624 farmers in 34 states and four Canadian provinces, and achieved $523 million in 2009 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 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 @Organic_Valley and Facebook www.facebook.com/OrganicValley.