Fairlife Update

After an in-depth review of the steps Fairlife has taken to address animal welfare concerns, including third-party audits, a new zero tolerance policy, and discontinuing the use of milk from Fair Oaks Farms, Sunset Foods has started selling these products again in our stores.

Many of our customers rely on Fairlife products, and we are encouraged that the new policies will meet the values and standards we expect of all our suppliers.

Fairlife COO, Tim Doelman, shared the below information an update this month. You can continue to follow updated on the fairlife website, located here


"Update from fairlife COO Tim Doelman on fairlife’s commitment to audit our supplying farms

As part of fairlife’s ongoing commitment to continuous improvement and to ensure our supplying dairies are in compliance with the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) animal welfare program, last month we committed to conducting third-party audits of our supplying dairy farms. This note is to update you on our progress.

As of today, our third-party auditor, Food Safety Net Services Certification and Audit (FSNS C&A), has completed audits of farms representing 90% of fairlife’s milk supply. FSNS C&A is in the process of completing the remaining audits and compiling a detailed audit report. We will post additional details of their audit findings by July 21st. In the meantime, here’s a summary of their key findings so far:

  • Zero tolerance policies: The auditors verified that all of the farms’ employees have committed to our zero tolerance policy on animal abuse. Violation of this policy results in termination of any employee who has abused an animal on one occasion and, if appropriate, leads to an investigation by law enforcement.
  • Healthy and well-cared for cows: Key animal wellness indicators, such as cow/calf hygiene and body condition met or exceeded performance target scores for each of these categories.
  • Animal welfare training: The auditors verified that all the farms had signed  training records and documentation for specific animal care best practices.

Also as we previously communicated, fairlife has discontinued the use of milk from Fair Oaks Farms.

Having grown up on a dairy farm, I wanted to revisit the operations for myself. So, in addition to having the third-party audits conducted, I have personally visited a majority of our supplying farms. I was pleased with what I saw as it is consistent with the FSNS C&A audit findings outlined above and demonstrates that our supplying farms are in compliance with the FARM program animal welfare standards.

fairlife is fully committed to requiring all our supplying farms to meet our animal welfare standards. To help meet that commitment going forward, each of our supplying farms will be audited 24 times per year, and all of these audits will be unannounced.

Stay tuned for additional findings from our third-party audits, which we will post here by July 21st."

Sunset will continue to monitor the situation and will update this page with any changes. 

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Savor the 'Thrill of the Grill' every weekend throughout June!

This weekend’s weather forecast? Barbecue! And Sunset Foods has everything you need to get your grill on.

Come sample the very best of what Sunset's Meat Department offers every Saturday during our month-long "Thrill of the Grill." Taking place every Saturday, June 8 to June 29 from 11am-3pm, these fun events offer special values and lots of free samples. See schedule below for specific stores and details. In addition, grill enthusiasts can enter to win one of five Yeti coolers and $200 worth of Certified Angus Beef at Sunset’s Highland Park, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Long Grove, or Northbrook locations.


Saturday 6/8 Long Grove (Craft Sausage)
Saturday 6/15 Lake Forest (Certified Angus Beef Steaks)
Saturday 6/22 Northbrook (Sunset's All-Natural Pork Ribs & Chops)
Saturday 6/29 Libertyville (Poultry ~ Chicken)


Giveaway Rules


1. PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: The THRILL OF THE GRILL GIVEAWAY ("GIVEAWAY") begins on June 6, 2018, at 7:00 am and ends on June 14, 2018, at 5:00 pm (the \"Promotion Period\").

The sponsor of this Sweepstakes is CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF & SUNSET FOODS ("Sponsors"). By participating in the GIVEAWAY, each Entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsors, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. Sponsor may be reached by email at comments@sunsetfoods.com during the Promotion Period.

2. ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of Illinois who are ELIGIBLE MINIMUM AGE (the \"Entrant\"). Sponsor, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their respective officers, directors, and employees (the \"Promotion Entities\"), are ineligible to enter the Giveaway or win a prize. Household Members and Immediate Family Members of such individuals are also not eligible to enter or win. "Household Members" shall mean those people who share the same residence at least three months a year. "Immediate Family Members" shall mean parents, step-parents, legal guardians, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. This Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited or restricted by law.


The grand prize is a Yeti Cooler and $200 in Certified Angus Beef. Additional prizes may be given away at the discretion of store management and will be posted in-store. Prizes may not be exchanged for cash. Participants can enter at any Sunset store location. Raffle boxes are located at the Customer Service Desk. No purchase required to enter. Winners will be chosen at random by the Sunset Store Manager where the entry was received. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. One entry is allowed per household, per store visit, but participants may enter as often as they wish. Winners will be notified by email. One winner per household. Winners have 60 days to claim their prize or they forfeit the prize. Sunset will not share or use any details collected from the entries. Winners will be posted here and on Sunset's Facebook page.

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