Crescent Ridge Dairy Wins “Green Packy” Award

The Green Packy award, otherwise known as the Responsible Packaging Award, was presented to Crescent Ridge by Sustainable Bizness Practices for their commitment to using reusable, refillable, and returnable-to-the-store glass beverage (quart and 1/2 gallon size) bottles. Crescent Ridge was recognized with this coveted award for their service to 16 Whole Foods Markets in MA and RI.

The Green Packy awards were sponsored by Whole Foods Markets, Whole Food Markets Green Mission, United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) and the Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association (FTSLA). According to Sustainable Bizness, the Green Packy awards are based on the Responsible Packaging Guidelines for the Organic Industry. It has been a collaboration headed by Whole Foods Markets Green Mission’s Responsible Packaging Forum at Natural Products Expos West and East over the past four years.

Recipients of the award must meet three key requirements in responsible packaging: ecological principles; transparency of content and process and extended product responsibility. Crescent Ridge was among only 19 others nationwide receiving a Green Packy award at Natural Products Expo West held at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.

Mark Parrish, president and third generation of the Parrish family to run Crescent Ridge commented, “We are honored to receive the ‘Green Packy’ award. It’s a distinction that truly sets us apart from our competitors on the dairy shelves. Consumers today are much more savvy about packaging materials and their concern goes beyond recycling. They want to know that they are purchasing a product that has proven it has met sustainability criteria. Crescent Ridge has done just that. We’ve been providing milk and other beverages in reusable, returnable glass bottles since 1932. You could say we were in on the ground floor.”

About Sustainable Bizness Practices
Sustainable Bizness Practices has organized, driven, and guided the Green Mission at Whole Foods Stores. To learn more about the Green Packy awards and Sustainable Bizness Practices, visit the website at

A Dairy of Distinction
Crescent Ridge Dairy has been providing small batch milk and quality provisions to customers since 1932. From Carlisle to Middleboro and Hopkinton to Hingham, Crescent Ridge serves more than 70 communities throughout the Boston area. The family-owned and operated company provides the convenience, quality and customer care demanded in today’s busy lifestyles.

Crescent Ridge is best known for their creamy, delicious hormone (rBST) free milk in environmentally-friendly glass bottles. Over the years, Crescent Ridge’s home delivery product line has grown to include wholesome USDA Choice beef, all-natural chicken raised without antibiotics, top quality seafood and more than 150 other quality provisions. Crescent Ridge has been named a “Dairy of Distinction” by the Massachusetts Farm Bureau and been awarded the Massachusetts Family Business award by the Northeastern University Center for Family Business. Crescent Ridge ice cream was named one of the “10 Best Ice Creams in the World” in National Geographic magazine’s “The 10 Best of Everything: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers.”

In addition to home delivery service, Crescent Ridge has two Dairy Bars offering 44 flavors of delicious

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