We Do Food Differently

We started almost 30 years ago with a radical idea: Make food in a way that’s good for people, animals and the planet—then figure out how to make it profitable. To make sure we stayed true to our mission, we made our company a cooperative. That means 2,000+ small family farmers own the company, not a bunch of Wall Street suits. And our board is made up entirely of our farmers. One farm, one vote. A lot of people called us crazy. And you know what? We’re OK with that. Because it’s working.

Here's our 5 craziest ideas yet...

01

Make the Farmers the Boss

Big food corporations mostly care about maximizing shareholder profits. But Organic Valley is a cooperative owned by organic farmers. What they care about most is maximizing what’s best for their food and yours. Everyone wins––not just the guys on Wall Street.

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02

Use Crazy Simple Ingredients

It starts with four simple ingredients: sun, grass, soil and rain. Unlike Big Food Corporations, we believe that amazing food starts with, well, farming, not gimmicky packaging and hard-to-pronounce ingredients. That’s why all the food we make at Organic Valley is organic and grown without the use of toxic pesticides, synthetic hormones, antibiotics or GMOs. It’s simply delicious.

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03

Let Cows Do Cow Stuff

Most dairy cows spend their lives in confinement, without access to pasture. Not cool. But at Organic Valley, all of our cows are free to roam on pasture, eat green grass and do lots of cow stuff! To prove it, we decided to actually track their steps with one of those fitness trackers. Turns out our cows take more steps in a single day than most people. Way to hoof it, ladies!

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04

Think Small, Really Small

Big Food requires big profits and big farms. Large confinement dairy farms have thousands of cows that aren't allowed outside. But at Organic Valley we make sure we have enough land for all our cows to spend time on the grass. We keep an average herd size of just 72 cows. Just 72! By thinking small we’ve been able to grow big without compromising our values. And that’s helped thousands of farms prosper across the country.

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05

Hire a Farmer as Your CEO

Most corporate CEO’s went to business school and are brought in to increase efficiency and maximize profits. Our CEO is a farmer, one of the original founding farmers of Organic Valley. Even after all these years, George is pretty stubborn about the whole idea of giving consumers better food for their families while helping other small family farmers earn a fair wage for a quality product.

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