Clover Sonoma, a third-generation family-owned and operated dairy, received recognition for its sustainable packaging innovation for the first fully renewable milk carton and post-consumer recycled (PCR) gallon milk jug in the United States through California Creamery Operators Association’s first Sustainability award. 

In 2020, Clover Sonoma launched the first-ever fully renewable milk carton in the United States. This year, they continued these efforts, rolling it out to additional SKUs, with the intention to transition all of their organic fluid milk cartons to the fully renewable cartons by 2025.

As a next step in this process, in 2021, they announced their intent to produce the first PCR gallon milk jugs in the United States. Starting with 30% PCR content, the company made the commitment to increase the PCR content across all of their organic gallon milk jugs, also by 2025. These are aspiring innovations for the food and packaging industry. The organic gallon milk PCR jug is on grocery store shelves now.

“California’s dairy processors are forward-thinking and ambitious,” said Michael Boccadoro, executive director of the California Creamery Operators Association. “Clover Sonoma and other milk processors are continually exploring and implementing new practices and technologies that help shrink the carbon footprint throughout the supply chain and improve overall sustainability. Clover Sonoma’s packaging initiative is an excellent example of the innovation and commitment that’s paving the way for a more sustainable future.”

Beyond packaging innovation, Clover Sonoma continues to drive progress and takes a holistic approach to enacting change across its channels.

“It’s an honor to receive recognition from our peers at the CCOA for the investment and innovation we’ve dedicated to packaging solutions that decrease the use of fossil fuels, utilize less plastic, and encourage recycling,” said Kristel Corson, Clover Sonoma chief growth officer. “We look forward to working with packaging partners and others in the natural products industry who share the same goals.”

 About Clover Sonoma
Third-generation family owned and operated, Clover Sonoma is a leader in the dairy industry, bringing conscious dairy products to consumers. Based in Northern California’s beautiful Sonoma County, Clover Sonoma was the first dairy in the United States to become American Humane Certified, and hold its partnership of family-owned dairy farms to a higher standard by developing its own unique Clover Promise of Excellence. As a Certified B Corporation, the company uses its business as a power to do good, and its passionate support of animal welfare, sustainable and regenerative farming practices, and local community continue to be hallmarks of the business. As a member of the OSC2's JEDI Collaborative, the company works towards ensuring justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the food industry. Each year, the company gives back at least five percent of its profits to elevate dairy, empower future generations, and support the community under its Clover Cares program.