Darigold has been on our radar for years because of its noticeable market presence in the Pacific Northwest and for its commitment in 2006 to produce and sell only milk from cows not treated with rBST.

Now Darigold, the marketing and processing subsidiary of the Northwest Dairy Association cooperative, has caught our attention again with the announcement of its strategy to become a global ingredients supplier. Read the press release at https://www.darigold.com/media/darigold-accelerates-strategic-transformation-of-global-ingredients-business/.

We've been impressed by several aspects of the Darigold business model not only because it is a good example of how cooperatives can help their members (at Food Methods, we're fans of cooperatives in light of their community and social impacts as well as their economic resilience) but also for its environmental stewardship and sustainability initiatives.

Darigold's commitment to sustainability goes beyond simply touting their accomplishments and their goal to become carbon-neutral by 2050. Their Cooperative Social Responsibility (CSR) reporting efforts have generally followed the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines. (Learn more about the Global Reporting Initiative here: https://www.globalreporting.org and here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GlobalReportingInitiative.)