At Straus Family Creamery, our mission and values drive every decision as we strive to change the farming and food systems in California and beyond. With this aspiration always at the forefront, we established a Sustainable Sourcing Framework to identify ingredient suppliers that share our vision.
A vision focused on farmer viability, improving fair labor practices, and strengthening rural communities—with a commitment to making a positive environmental impact. Our framework includes goals, procedures, and policies that are communicated to our suppliers and help us protect ingredient integrity in every Straus product.
For nearly 30 years, we have been committed to purchasing organic and non-GMO ingredients enabling us to advance our mission to sustain family farms in San Francisco Bay Area’s North Bay region and help revitalize rural communities. We are working on paying the true cost of producing organic milk while acknowledging the social and environmental benefits that organic farmers contribute to the community.
Straus uses a customized Supplier Code of Conduct to ensure all our suppliers acknowledge and understand the high standards to which we adhere.
Prioritizing multiple sustainability focus areas enables us to best identify organic ingredients and the like-minded farmers who supply the ingredients. These focus areas include human rights, business ethics, and environmental responsibility. Our sourcing framework helps us assess and identify suppliers who align with our environmental and social impact vision.
In 1994, Straus Family Creamery became the first 100% certified organic creamery in the United States. When the Non-GMO Project emerged in 2010, we became the first Non-GMO Project Verified Creamery in North America.
Prior to this certification, our founder Albert Straus implemented a non-GMO testing and verification system of all animal feed purchased by the certified organic family farms that supply us milk. We receive Non-GMO Project Verified certification for every single ingredient that goes into each of our products, whether it’s vanilla or live, active cultures for our organic yogurt; chocolate for our organic ice cream; or enzymes for culturing our organic sour cream.
There are a variety of third-party certifications available that we use to evaluate mission and values alignment when purchasing ingredients. For example, we look for ingredients certified by various fair trade standards that meet rigorous social and economic standards, helping improve agricultural supply chains by empowering farmers and farming communities.
Sustainable sourcing is an ongoing process that is continually evolving and progressing forward. As Straus Family Creamery continues to grow, so will the impacts of our supply chain and ingredient sourcing on farming and rural communities. Moving forward, we will continue to evaluate our impact and collaborate with our suppliers and distributors to positively transform the livelihoods, labor practices, and environmental conditions where our ingredients are grown. We have put in place three areas to focus on in the next three years:
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