Natural Foods Merchandiser

Horizon Organic Dairy

From The December 2001 Issue of Natural Foods Merchandiser

Horizon Organic Dairy

Company History
Horizon Organic was founded in 1991 in response to consumer concerns about health issues as well as the growing recognition of long-term negative effects of industrial agriculture on the environment. Horizon Organic introduced organic, fat-free, fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt in 1992 and America's first certified-organic milk in 1993.

In 1999, the company purchased both The Organic Cow of Vermont brand, which is distributed in the eastern United States, and Rachel's Organic in the United Kingdom. Horizon also signed a licensing agreement for co-branding organic yogurt featuring the Happy Cow logo with Takanashi Milk Co. in Japan. In June of 2000, Horizon Organic acquired Meadow Farms, the leading supplier of private label organic milk in the United Kingdom. Horizon Organic Farm and Education Center in Gambrills, Md., opened in November of 2000 at the former site of the historic Naval Academy Dairy. The Horizon Organic Farm and Education Center is one of the most extensive organic learning facilities in the United States.

Horizon Organic purchases organic milk from more than 200 family farms across the country. In addition, the total feed and milk supply purchases help support more than 200,000 acres of organic farmland on 600 family farms.

In 2000, the Council on Economic Priorities awarded Horizon Organic with its prestigious Corporate Conscience Award for Environmental Stewardship for the company's commitment to environmental protection, community relations and global ethics. Horizon Organic also received the 2000 Socially Responsible Business Award at Natural Products Expo East.

Our Mission
We will expand organic agriculture by building Horizon Organic as the world's leading brand of organic food products. We will accomplish this goal by:

  • Producing and selling the highest quality organic foods at prices that are a great value to our customers.
  • Promoting the use of organic products by consumers who are concerned about food safety, the environment, animal welfare and health and nutrition for themselves and their families.
  • Operating our business to increase shareholder value, providing the resources to strengthen our company and enhance the organic food industry.

Product Lines
At Horizon Organic, we work hard to produce the very best organic products for you and your family. Each step of the way, we do everything we can to ensure the highest-quality, best-tasting organic products.

Horizon Organic milk, juice, eggs and other dairy products are produced without the use of pesticides, antibiotics, hormones or any other harmful chemicals. In providing this choice, we continue our commitment to a healthier world. Horizon Organic is the nation's leading brand of certified organic milk, offering a full line of refrigerated, certified organic dairy products: milk, half-and-half, yogurt, cheese, butter, sour cream, cottage cheese and cream cheese, as well as organic eggs and organic juices.

List Of Key Distributors
Horizon Organic products are distributed nationally. Key distributors include: HP Hood, Mountain People's Warehouse, Dora's Natural, Clover Stornetta, Nature's Best, Ralph's Grocery, Kroger and Safeway, among others.

6311 Horizon Lane
Longmont, CO 80503
303.530.2714 (Sales)
232 Nationwide
Charles "Chuck" F. Marcy—President/CEO
Tom Briggs—CFO
Clark Driftmier—Senior VP Marketing
John Haydock—VP Sales
Kevin O'Rell—VP QA/R&D
Steve Jacobson—VP Operations
Patsy Byers—Director of Human Resources
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