July 8, 2019
Chobani commits to Milk Matters
Chobani LLC is collaborating with the World Wildlife Fund and National Milk Producers Federation's Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) to reduce the company's carbon footprint and help farms do the same. These partners will measure GHG emissions and energy use on dairy farms within Chobani's supply chain to identify potential efficiency gains and cost savings for farmers.
The collaboration by Chobani, maker of America's #1 Greek Yogurt brand and the second largest overall yogurt manufacturer in the U.S., is part of the company’s Milk Matters™ program, which will encompass Chobani's commitment to its milkshed as well as efforts to support greater transparency across dairy farms.
Chobani explained in a statement, “Milk Matters™ was designed to address the unprecedented challenges being faced by today's dairy industry. Many current industry programs and certifications, while well-intended, address single issues in isolation and haven't gone far enough to truly provide relief for struggling farms. Milk Matters™ takes a comprehensive approach to bringing transparency to dairy, providing meaningful support for the entire dairy community, and preserving long-term viability for the industry.”
“Already, farms have been leaders in this space by identifying ways to do more with less,” Chobani said. "This process will identify potential efficiency gains and cost savings for farmers.” Chobani is also working with the World Wildlife Fund to develop a sustainable sourcing roadmap that outlines specific recommendations for farms in their regions to even further improve environmental practices.
The program will include co-op partners, dairy farms, and third-parties such as Fair Trade USA, the World Wildlife Fund, National Milk Producers Federation, Cornell University, state programs and community foundations in Idaho and New York to validate the continued progress. Milk Matters™ is working towards 100% implementation by 2025.
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