About Organic Valley:
“Always Organic & Farmer-Owned since 1988
If a company is going to make a difference in today’s world, it’s going to have to think differently. At Organic Valley, our philosophy and decisions are based on the health and welfare of people, animals and the earth. We’re a mission-driven cooperative, owned by family farmers, and we’ve been leaders in organic agriculture from the very beginning.
The Roots Support the Crown
Our story starts back in January of 1988—a time when family farms were on the brink of extinction. We were a handful of farmers in Southwestern Wisconsin’s coulee region and we shared a love of the land. We also shared the belief that a new, sustainable approach to agriculture could help family farms and rural communities survive. With a small poster inviting area farmers to join our current CEIEIO, George Siemon, for an informational meeting regarding the formation of the Coulee Region Organic Produce Pool (CROPP) at the county courthouse, we created enough momentum to carry us to this day.
Folks back then, just like you today, were concerned with food quality and environmental issues. They were looking for more natural, nutritious food—food grown without synthetic and potentially harmful pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. We began by growing organic vegetables, and soon added organic dairy products. When we found the demand we anticipated was real, we created the Organic Valley brand name and expanded our product line.
The Cream Has Risen
Our co-op, through the Organic Valley™ brand, soon became the number one source of organic milk in the nation. Once pioneers of organic agriculture, we’re now an established leader. Organic is all we do. We remain driven by our mission to promote regional farm diversity and economic stability by the means of organic agricultural methods and the sale of certified organic products. We maintain integrity through our commitment to consumer education and delivering the highest quality, strictly organic products to consumers, schools, and a variety of manufacturers looking for organic ingredients.
At our helm is one of our original seven farmers, George Siemon, our Chief Executive Officer. George prefers the title C-E-I-E-I-O. A lifelong farmer, he and his family have operated an organic farm in the Bad Axe River valley of Wisconsin’s driftless area since 1977. With his unique combination of having a hand in the soil as well as being able to see the big picture, George has been a leader in the campaign to establish effective national standards for organic certification.
We are committed to organic agriculture and building a future for sustainable family farming in America. Organic. It’s all we do.”
“Your motivation isn’t synthetic. Your recovery shake shouldn’t be either.
You work hard to push yourself to the next level – and so do we. Introducing Organic Fuel. It’s a game-changing, organic recovery shake packed with 26 grams of high-quality milk protein to help get your body to its absolute peak.
Organic Filtered Skim Milk, Water, Organic Fair Trade Unrefined Cane Sugar, Organic Cream, Organic Fair Trade Dutch Cocoa, Organic Chocolate Extract, Lactase Enzyme, Gellan Gum, Vitamin D3.”
“Nutritious, wholesome ingredients to power you through your day.
At Organic Valley, we believe in keeping things simple. Use what you need, and leave out what you don’t. That’s how our family farmers have operated every day since 1988.
This belief is brought to life with Organic Balance, which consists of only 9 high-quality ingredients, 16g of organic milk protein and 50% of your recommended daily intake of calcium.
Like all Organic Valley products, Organic Balance is made without the use of GMOs, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides or artificial sweeteners.
Organic Lowfat Milk, Organic Filtered Skim Milk, Organic Fair Trade Unrefined Cane Sugar, Organic Fair Trade Dutch Cocoa, Organic Dark Chocolate Flavor, Lactase Enzyme, Gellan Gum, Organic Stevia, Vitamin D3.”
My interaction with Organic Valley has been nothing short of pleasant, and I had a wonderful time contributing to the Rock the Lunchbox campaign that helps inspire ideas and generate momentum for making children’s lunches healthier.
Looking at Organic Valley as a whole brand, I truly appreciate that they offer organic dairy products to the everyday consumer. These products are available in most of my local health food stores, thus I’d say they are readily accessible to most.
Both of these drinks are delicious. I definitely prefer the vanilla flavors in both the “Fuel” and “Balance” drinks; though the chocolate flavors are delicious in their own right. Though they are “protein shakes,” they were sweet enough to me to be a tasty dessert. They taste like melted ice cream (THAT yummy). The Organic Fuel shake has a higher protein content (and higher caloric content), thus is the more filling and satisfying drink of the two. The Organic Balance drink has a macro balanced nutritional profile with adequate amounts of fat, protein and carbohydrates–and is a lighter option compared to the Fuel drink.
In regards to quality, these drinks are amongst the very best you can find in your local store, as they’re organic, non-gmo, free of hormones and antibiotics. However, I take issue (in general) with pasteurization, both in milk products and juice. Heat denatures protein and diminishes most of the product’s nutritional value. Pasteurizing increases the shelf life of milk and juice, making it a widely used method (unfortunately). To make up for this deficit, many milks have vitamins added. I also understand that raw milk is not legal in most states–thus, pasteurized milk is the norm. Without turning this whole post into pasteurization, I’ll just say: The whole process is something that I’m just not a fan of.
I want to drink and eat real food, close to the source. I understand this isn’t the reality 100% of the time–but, when I’m deciphering which products I’ll continuously come back to, they are the high quality, organic products that have been minimally processed, and if possible, raw.
When compared to other dairy options, Organic Valley products are a better alternative to most dairy that you’ll find in your local market. Not all dairy products are organic, non-mo and free of antibiotics & hormones. These Organic Valley drinks are delicious, convenient are an upgrade from most dairy products.