Boycott Michael Foods
All the factory farm photos you see on this website were taken inside facilities owned by Michael Foods. Business as usual includes cramming birds into battery cages, cutting off part of their beaks with hot blades, routinely starving them, and neglecting them when they are sick or dying.
To encourage Michael Foods to join negotiations with us and change their practices, we have called a consumer boycott of all of their subsidiaries. The names of the subsidiaries, their brand names, and some of the restaurants and food products producers that use Michael Foods products are listed below to help you boycott their products.
We also encourage you to write to Michael Foods to politely express your concerns. We have provided contact info and a sample letter.
Michael Foods Subsidiaries and Brand Names
Michael Foods has five subsidiary companies:
Crystal Farms sells eggs, cheese, butter, margarine, bagels and English muffins to consumers. They distribute their products to 23 states.
Brands: Crystal Farms (egg and egg products, dairy products, bagels, hash-brown potatoes), Crystados (tortillas), Simply Soups (prepared soups)
Pappetti's Hygrade Egg Products sells some egg products directly to consumers, but most are sold to companies who use them to make food products. Pappetti's eggs can be found in Haagen Daz Ice Cream, Hellman's Mayonnaise, and other food products. When the hens' egg production declines they will be slaughtered, and end up in products like Progresso Chicken Soup.
Brands: Pappetti's, Pappetti's Scramble, Baker's Pride, Broke and Ready, Healthy Morn, Jersey Pride, Table Ready, Lite 'N Hearty
M.G. Waldbaum sells egg products to restaurant giants Subway, Burger King, Wendy's, and others.
Brands: Big Red (food products), Blend 30 (whole eggs), Dantex (egg products), Easy Eggs (egg products), Logan Volley (egg products), MGW (egg products), Microfresh (egg products), Q.P. (egg products), Simply Eggs (egg products), Wakefield (eggs)
Kohler Mix Specialties supplies specialty dairy products to ice cream manufacturers, quick-service restaurants, and other food service outlets. Their clients include McDonalds, Dairy Queen, Perkins, and dozens of others.
Northern Star Company produces and sells potato products to food services and consumers under the brand names Simply Potatoes and Diner's Choice. Customers include Disney World, Hilton, Old Country Buffet, and more.
Brands: Northern Star, Century (food products) Dandee Fry (frozen potatoes) Diner's Choice Double Diamond (frozen potatoes) Farmers Select (frozen potatoes) Gold Star (frozen potatoes) Golden Flavor (frozen potatoes) Northern Star (potato products) Simply Potatoes (potato products) Tato Delight (frozen potatoes) Viking (frozen potatoes)
Companies That Use Michael Foods Products
This list is not comprehensive, but it shows how large Michael Foods is and how prevalent their egg products are in the United States.
Aramark (food products)
Best Foods (Hellman's Mayonnaise)
Borden's (Borden's Eggnog)
Cheesecake Factory Bakery (cakes, bakery products)
Chili's Grill & Bar
Del Monte Foods (Contadina Ravioli)
Food producers that use Michael Foods products:
Haagen-Dazs (ice cream)
Hidden Valley Ranch Food Products (salad dressing)
International House of Pancakes (IHOP)
Interstate Brands Corp. (Dolly Madison Individually-Wrapped Cakes)
Kellogg Co. (Kellogg's Eggos)
Mrs. Smith's Bakeries (Mrs. Smith Meringue)
Old Country Buffet
Perkins Family Restaurant
Pillsbury (Progresso Chicken Soup)
Note: according to the Michael Foods website: "In 1998, sales to warehouse operations of SUPERVALU, INC, and to SUPERVALU owned and franchised formats including Cub Foods, were approximately 40% of Crystal Farms' net sales." Because of SUPERVALU's large role in Crystal Farms success, we are also adding them to the list of places to voice your protest.