At Long Last
Stonyfield Farm achieves “all organic”
Call it an early birthday
present — to itself. Enjoying the largest organic
milk supply ever, Londonderry, N.H.-based Stonyfield Farm last month
converted the remainder of its dairy product line to organic. “This
is the culmination of 25 years of work and passion, and just in time for
our 25th birthday,” says Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield’s president
The company says the final step toward total
conversion was making Stonyfield’s fat-free 6-ounce line organic.
Earlier this year, the company converted its 32-ounce fat-free quarts and
smoothies to organic. Stonyfield Farm will now offer an all-organic line of
6- and 32-ounce yogurts, drinkable yogurt smoothies, YoBaby yogurts for
babies and toddlers, YoKids squeezers and yogurts, frozen yogurt and ice
cream, Oikos Greek-style yogurt, and milk.
“This is a goal that often seemed out of reach
due to the scarcity of organic milk and other ingredients, but our strong
supplier relationships — primarily with Organic Valley/CROPP —
and their steadfast support of this company and our consumers made this
monumental achievement possible,” Hirshberg says.
The company says the increase in organic milk supply
is due to the growing number of conventional farmers completing their
conversion to organic, a regulated process requiring that grazing land and
feed are not treated with chemical fertilizers or persistent toxic
pesticides for three years. Stonyfield Farm and the Organic Valley
cooperative have worked together in recent years to further encourage
organic conversion. In addition to establishing a transition fund to
provide monetary support for farmers during the conversion process and
providing more staff to work directly with farmers, the companies scheduled
hundreds of procurement and membership retention events, and sponsored
organic workshops and conferences for farmers.
Hirshberg and his wife, Meg, also contributed $100,000
to a loan fund to supply needed support to organic farm families, and
Stonyfield Farm was the lead sponsor — with a gift of $450,000
— of the nation’s first land grant-based organic dairy farm, at
the University of New Hampshire.
For more information about Stonyfield Farm, its
products and initiatives, visit www.stonyfield.com