Clover Stornetta Farms

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Clover Stornetta Inc. is a dairy company located in Sonoma County, California, which is located near the coast in Northern California.


Clover Stornetta Inc. was formed from two separate companies which joined together. These two companies were the Petaluma Cooperative Creamery which distributed Clover Brand dairy products and Stornetta's Dairy.

The Petaluma Cooperative Creamery began distributing Clover Brand dairy products to homes and stores in the city of Petaluma in the early 1900s. Eventually the company started to expand and sell their products in Sonoma County and the neighboring Marin County. Both counties grew rapidly. Eventually the Clover brand products were being sold to almost every grocery store in the North Bay.

In 1975, the largest fire in Petaluma history occurred, causing some destruction to the dairy Co-op, destroying the processing and bottling operations along with the cooler.

In August 1977 the owners of Clover Stornetta bought the wholesale distribution from the Co-op after deciding not to rebuild their co-op facility. Clover Stornetta also bought the Stornetta’s Dairy in the city of Sonoma. The owners of the Clover Stornetta decided to move their company back to the original city of location and moved the whole distribution back to Petaluma in 1984. In June 1991, Clover Stornetta opened a brand new state-of-the-art milk processing facility in their current Petaluma business location. The Stornetta Dairy in Sonoma was Clover’s only bottling plant at the time. The equipment was antiquated and a large amount of the work had to be done manually. With the new automated plant run with computerized controls, Clover became able to do three times the volume of the former plant with the same amount of manpower.

Clover Stornetta introduced their North Coast Excellence program in 1995; a full third party certification was later added in 1999. North Coast Excellence Certified guarantees that all of the milk produced at the company’s plant came from only the best milk producers in the North Coast region and is produced by cows that are not treated with rBST (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone). The milk is extensively tested at each processing stage in their on-site lab.

They currently have farms located in Sonoma County, Marin County, and Mendocino County, California.

Clo the Cow[edit]

In 1969, Clo the Cow, made her debut as the Clover Stornetta mascot, appearing on billboards in the Redwood Empire. Every year, numerous designs and play on words are designed for billboard advertising.


North Coast Excellence Program North Coast Excellence Program: Products Certified Healthy Independent Auditor verifies Clover Stornetta has Cleanest Milk. North Coast Dairy Processor First in the Industry to Make Quality Assertions.

Free Farmed Award In September 2000, Clover Stornetta Farms was the first dairy in the United States to be awarded the Free Farmed label for humanely produced animal products. It remains one of just two in the United States to have this designation.

Founders of the New Northwest Clover Stornetta Farms was honored in 2003 when Sustainable Northwest, based in Portland, Oregon, named Clover as one of the recipients of the Founders of a New Northwest award. The mission of sustainable Northwest is to build partnerships that promote environmentally sound economic development in the communities of the Pacific Northwest.

HACCP Clover Stornetta Farms was one of the first dairy in the United States to receive the HACCP certification.

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