Without exception, all of our milk comes from farms in our cooperative. These are situated in the mountainous Alpine region between Watzmann and Zugspitze, where Germany meets Austria.
Natural and cultural landscape
We and our farmers do everything we can to protect and preserve the Alpine environment and the many species that live there.
We process milk to the highest standard. Our only production facility located in Piding in the Berchtesgadener Land region. We do not outsource production.
Wir honorieren die wertvolle Arbeit unserer 1.800 Landwirt:innen der Genossenschaft. Wir zahlen ihnen seit 15 Jahren deutschlandweit den höchsten Milchpreis. Damit sichern wir deren Existenz und erhalten die einzigartige Kulturlandschaft in der Bergregion.
Bei durchschnittlich 27 Kühen pro Betrieb haben unsere Landwirt:innen jede einzelne Kuh im Blick. Die enge Mensch-Tierbeziehung in kleinen Betrieben, unser Engagement für Kuhkomfort sowie unsere Bewegungsprämien dienen dem Wohl der Tiere.
Healthy cows are crucial when it comes to milk of the best quality. With a bonus system and a team of advisers, we are committed to the free movement of dairy cows.
More and more of our farmers use homoeopathy to promote animal health, reducing the use of antibiotics.
Natural rock salt
Many of our farmers give their cows licks made from natural rock salt that is rich in minerals. The salt comes from a local mine in Berchtesgaden and is a natural way to strengthen the immune system.
Our farmers traditionally feed their animals grass and herbs, be it fresh, dried as hay or as silage. This feed is guaranteed to be free from genetically engineered ingredients. Farmers are required to purchase feed of European origin.
Our farmers do not use total herbicides such as glyphosate. They work using natural, sustainable methods to help preserve the diversity of grasses and herbs.
We use environmentally friendly packaging, leading the way for others. Our various glass bottles can be reused. Naturally, we choose not to work with PET bottles. In 2017, we also began using bio-based cardboard packaging made from renewable raw materials.
Our efforts to run a responsible and sustainable business were rewarded in 2018 with the German Sustainability Award in the category for medium-sized companies.
We are efficient with resources in our work. For example, we use waste heat from our production facilities to heat buildings and tap water. We have also built our own power supply centre on the dairy farm for environmentally friendly power generation.
In 2010, we became the first dairy and the first German company to be awarded Naturland Fair certification for our Naturland product range. This reflects fair cooperation between the dairy, producers, business partners, employees and consumers.
Fair milk prices
We have been paying our farmers above the average milk price for many years. This is the only way for them to practise extensive farming while preserving the unique natural and cultural landscape.
Our fair-trade partners are Gepa, dwp, Grüner Punkt Naturkost und biokorntakt. They ensure that our products contain organic and fair-trade cocoa, raw cane sugar, bananas and mangos.