Sustainability

16 March 2015

Sustainability at the Rumiano Cheese Company

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Company News, Sustainability

Reverse Osmosis and WPC80% Plant recycles by-products

Sustainability at the Rumiano Cheese Company

At Rumiano Cheese Company we are always trying to become a more sustainable, responsible business. Manufacturing cheese can leave by-products like whey and waste water. Within the last decade our Crescent City plant has added technologies to reduce our waste water, whey protein output and even carbon footprint in the trucks. Our efforts in sustainability are never ending so check out the newest addition to our informative video library for information on how our manufacturing process keeps it green. 

 

 

22 April 2014

Earth Day 2014 at Rumiano Cheese Company

Posted in Sustainability

National Organic Program sustainability standards for Organic manufacturers

Earth Day 2014 at Rumiano Cheese Company

Earth Day is a day to celebrate our home planet and bring to light the issues that sometimes skip the minds of a huge portion of our population. Earth Day started back in 1970 when the world (the United States in particular) saw peak production of large engined automobiles and the consumption of leaded gasoline increase substantially. With pollution becoming an ever apparent issue, a United States senator by the name of Gaylord Nelson held the first Earth Day forum in efforts to educate and plant a seed among the public. Today, Earth Day is celebrated by nearly 200 countries worldwide.

22 April 2013

Earth Day at Rumiano Cheese Co.

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Sustainability

Productivity, Efficiency, and Sustainability

Earth Day at Rumiano Cheese Co.

We pride ourselves on being as sustainable as possible. Over the decades, Rumiano Cheese Company has adapted and progressed in productivity, efficiency and most importantly sustainability. From heat exchangers that cool warm milk with cold milk, to the state of the art waste water plant that recycles ~20,000 gallons of water per day, Rumiano Cheese has looked for sustainable and efficient practices for over 90 years.

20 July 2012

Rumiano Cheese Company Certifications

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Sustainability

American Humane Certified

Rumiano Cheese Company Certifications

As a sustainable and environmentally-friendly company, Rumiano Cheese is focused on producing a "green" and pure product. It just so happens, the organic milk used in the making of Rumiano Family Organic cheese is some of the most pure and wholesome available in the world. To ensure good and healthy milk, the dairies must ensure the health and happiness of their cows. The American Humane Certification (AHC) is the consumer's way of knowing the product was created with non-abusive and humane treatment of the animals. Rumiano Cheese proudly uses milk from organic dairies that are AHC.

The American Humane Association was created in 1877 as the forefront of protecting children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect. Using a list of "five freedoms" the AHC has standardized animal husbandry ethics throughout the farming and animal product industries. These guidelines for certifications must be adhered to by those maintaining the animals. 

29 May 2012

Jersey and Holstein Sustainability

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Sustainability

Sustainable Advantages of Jersey Cows

Jersey and Holstein Sustainability

The dairy industry uses many different breeds of cows for the production of milk. The most iconic and identifiable breed of dairy cow is the Holstein-Friesian. This breed originated in what is today known as the Netherlands. Holsteins are by far the most common and recognizable breed. They are large animals. A Holstein calf weights up to ninety pounds at birth, and can grow up to 1,500 pounds by the time it is five years old; to give the animals enough nutrients to grow this large requires many resources. A second breed that is said to have a lower carbon footprint is the Jersey cow. This is the breed used in the dairies that Rumiano Cheese is made from.

In August of 2010, an article on dairy sustainability was published by the American Jersey Cattle Association which explains the production and sustainability advantages of Jersey cows versus the more common Holstein breed. The Jersey breed was developed on the British Channel Island of Jersey. These gentle cows are a smaller breed of cow, reaching an average of 1,100 pounds, about 400 pounds less than Holsteins. Their color is a light brown or fawn, compared to the typical Holstein black and white. Other than size and color, the major difference between these two breeds can be seen in the milk. The Jersey milk has 20 to 25 percent higher butterfat and protein per gallon of milk. Most cheese-makers prefer Jersey milk because it makes a richer, creamier cheese.

22 April 2012

Sustainability of Rumiano Cheese Company

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Sustainability

Earth Day 2012 and Rumiano Cheese Company's methods of sustainability.

Sustainability of Rumiano Cheese Company

April 22nd, Earth Day, as we like to call it, is a day that fosters great appreciation for the environment and status of our home. Earth Day began in 1970 as U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson was inspired to educate and make the populous more aware of the planet's needs. Encouraged by oil spills in the late 60s, the first Earth Day had over 20 million participants; today it is observed by over 500 million people and 175 countries worldwide.

Rumiano Cheese Company practices Earth Day every day, as we support a sustainable business model. One example of our sustainability efforts is our state of the art wastewater treatment plant which reduces our total solid loadings into the sewage system of Crescent City by 99%. The facility biologically treats about 30,000 gallons of water used to clean the cheese-making equipment per day. The wastewater facility has allowed an additional 1,500 water and sewer hook-ups for the city of Crescent City.

01 March 2012

Just Label It Campaign

Written by Owen Rumiano, Posted in Sustainability

Do you agree with a half million Americans that GMO products need labeling?

Just Label It Campaign

The "Just Label It!" campaign is a collective effort by the American people supporting the labeling of genetically engineered foods. According to the Just Label It campaign website, polls by MSNBC, ABC News, and Washington Post have all suggested that over 90% of the American public believe genetically modified organisms (GMO's) in our food must be labeled; however the FDA is yet to act. Of the many reasons Americans want GE foods labeled, the most common and outstanding is the right to know what they are eating and how it affects them.

16 January 2012

Dedication to Sustainability

Posted in Sustainability

Artisan Cheesemaker Compliment ~ Stefanie Angstadt

Dedication to Sustainability

"As an artisan cheese maker, I was interested in visiting Rumiano's production facility in Crescent City.  I was blown away by the company's dedication to sustainability in all of its practices from A to Z.  Theirs is a system that strives to eliminate waste, find ways to convert its waste outputs into inputs, improve energy efficiency in all of its processes and promote fair practices in the industry.  The company has as much emphasis on reducing its ecological footprint as it does on producing high quality cheeses.  One can see this simply by walking through the facility - it's refreshing to visit a production room where everyone takes pride in what they are creating.  From Rumiano's recent development of its waste water treatment facility for reuse of our most precious resource, to its local dairy milk procurement practices, to its conversion of the whey biproduct (in a normal facility, this is waste or livestock feed) into nourishing protein for human consumption, to its water heating process that increases energy efficiency, Rumiano Cheese Co. is a true closed-loop production system.  What's most remarkable is that these efficiencies are self-driven; they seem to be part of a larger vision towards preserving the ecological systems on which the company will depend far into the future."

31 October 2011

Healthy Benefits of Grass-Fed Dairy

Posted in Sustainability, Our Cheese, Our Farms

Why Rumiano Supports Pasture-Based Dairies

Healthy Benefits of Grass-Fed Dairy

The great health benefits and top quality of grass-fed dairy are no surprise to the team at Rumiano Cheese Company. We use locally sourced milk from pasture-raised cows for all of our dairy products. (Read more about Our Farms to learn all the details on that.)

Jo Robinson's article Super Natural Milk provides great examples of just why we're so committed to our top-quality dairy ingredients. Grass-fed milk has more of the balanced EFAs (essential fatty acids), beneficial fats, beta-carotene, and vitamins A and E—all elements that keep our bodies in healthy balance!

To learn more, read about grass-fed dairy and farming at eatwild.com.

01 October 2011

Celebrating Non-GMO Month in North America

Posted in Non-GMO, Sustainability, Events

October 2011 is the Second Annual Non-GMO Month

Celebrating Non-GMO Month in North America

As makers of the world's first Non-GMO Project Verified organic cheeses, Rumiano Cheese Company is proud to join  in celebrating the second annual Non-GMO Month in October. Organized by the Non-GMO Project, this month of education and events is intended to give a platform and spread awareness about GMOs for consumers, citizens and organizations throughout the country.

At Rumiano Cheese Company, we support the right for all consumers to make educated and informed decisions about whether or not to choose GMOs (genetically modified organisms). We invite you to join in Non-GMO Month by finding retailers that support Non-GMO producers and by sharing your knowledge with others.

For more information and full details, view this full post...

01 September 2011

Rumiano Verified as First Non-GMO Cheese

Posted in Non-GMO, Sustainability, Our Cheese

Rumiano Cheese Joins the Non-GMO Project

Rumiano Verified as First Non-GMO Cheese

We are proud to announce that our entire organic cheese line, organic butter, and organic WPC-80% are the first in the world to achieve Non-GMO Project Verification. Our family-owned business has been producing all natural, grass–fed, rBST-free, kosher, real California cheese for over 90 years and is California’s oldest family-owned cheese company.

The Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization created by U.S and Canadian natural and organic products companies, offers consumers a non-GMO choice for organic and natural products that are produced without genetic engineering or recombinant DNA technologies. The Non-GMO Project verifies all types of products. More information is available at nongmoproject.org.

“As a company that has built its reputation and success on making the highest quality and purest cheese products, being the first Non-GMO Project Verified organic cheese company is a real feather in our cap,” says Joby Rumiano, fourth-generation owner of Rumiano Cheese. “We are committed to providing our customers with not only the best tasting cheese, but also products that are produced in the most sustainable, humane and environmentally conscious manner.”

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