We take sourcing seriously, ensuring that what we buy improves the lives of our farmers, their communities and the planet.
All of the organic milk used to make our products comes from Organic Valley/CROPP, a Wisconsin-based dairy cooperative of over 1,300 family farmers throughout the US.
The vast majority of the organic ingredients that Stonyfield purchases are grown right here in the US. We source over 300 million lbs. of organic ingredients annually—fruit, sweeteners, milk, grains, spices, etc. Those ingredients support over 200,000 acres of organic production each year. We always source from US suppliers first. Some ingredients—like organic cocoa, banana and vanilla—do not grow in the US, so we import them. Only a small amount of organic sugar is grown in the US, so virtually all organic food companies import organic sugar. These organic ingredients must also meet the USDA Organic Standards and be certified by an accredited third-party organic certifier.
Why do we sometimes look elsewhere when items can be grown in the US?
- Some ingredients are not available in the quantities we need.
- Some ingredients may be geographically closer to us than most US suppliers are. An example is Quebec-grown organic blueberries.
- We cannot be dependent on one geographic area for all of our fruit needs. If there were a freeze in California where we buy organic strawberries, and that was our single source, we would not be able to make strawberry yogurt for a year. We intentionally work with growers in multiple geographic areas to reduce our risk.