Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs New Egg Packaging Plant

It has been a long road since December when fire destroyed our halfway completed egg packaging facility. It is now August and the new facility is finally almost complete. Take a look at our progress since the fire in December. We are very excited and proud of our farm and all of the hard work that has gone into the construction of this beautiful building. We are also very thankful for the support of all of the local volunteer firefighters from Monroe and the surrounding towns for saving our original facility so that we were able to continue moving forward into the future of Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs.

Jesse and the kids at the new egg packaging facility

12 responses

  1. lucrezia colantonio says:

    Hi, I purchased your eggs and was in a hurry so , I forgot to check exp. date. I am very particular about this, Most especially for eggs. It was impossible to read date. It made no sense. Your packaging is so busy it is hard to find a clear spot. this print was thinly over the side of box. I gave up and now how to return them to store. Does your company or giant stamp the date?

    1. Sarah Walls says:

      Hello Lucrezia,

      Thank you for your question. We use a Julian date calendar as well as a ‘best before’ date on our packaging.

      According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA): “Many eggs reach stores only a few days after the hen lays them. Egg cartons with the USDA grade shield on them must display the “pack date” (the day that the eggs were washed, graded, and placed in the carton). The number is a three-digit code that represents the consecutive day of the year (the “Julian Date”) starting with January 1 as 001 and ending with December 31 as 365. When a “sell-by” date appears on a carton bearing the USDA grade shield, the code date may not exceed 45 days from the date of pack.”

      Use of either a “sell-by” or an “Expiration” (EXP) date is not federally required but may be required by some states. Many stores have their products with the side of the product facing out so that customers can see dates without having to pick up the carton to see it. This is why we have chosen to stamp the side of the packaging and not the top.

      In the future, if you happen to have a carton of our eggs, we’d be delighted to go over what the specific numbers might mean on your carton if you’d like to send us a message with the information to: familyfarmteam@peteandgerrys.com

      We’re sorry to hear that the date was difficult to read this time around. I’d be glad to let our Marketing Team know that you’d like to see it printed differently on the carton. Do you have any suggestions on how we might make this more visible on the side of the carton? Thank you for the feedback!

  2. Dee Dee Miller says:

    My family absolutely loves your eggs and were sorry to read about the fire. However, we are JUST as thrilled to hear of your recovery!!! You may be pleased to know that my husband and I looked at every single brand of eggs (and also what they chose to include or omit) before we both decided on yours. While there, we even told another shopper who had come up, our choice and why. That customer put their choice Back and bought your carton too! Thank you for caring enough to sell the very best to families. I do wish it was sold at Walmart too. We noticed they didn’t sell it, but we chose not compromise, and simply decided to take our business elsewhere for them!

    For our next purchase (soon), could you offer printable coupons on your site, or send one ?

    Blessings,

    Mrs. Miller

    1. Sarah Walls says:

      Hello Dee Dee! Thanks so much for your support of our small family farms. We are pretty sad about the fire too, but we’re moving forward in a positive way. Thank you for your well-wishes.

      We’re really thrilled to hear that you are enjoying our eggs. Right now we don’t offer any coupons on our website, but I’d be happy to send a few to you if you would like to send us an email to: familyfarmteam@peteandgerrys.com with your mailing address. Thanks!

  3. Bettijane Forrester says:

    I’ve been using your eggs for awhile off and on. I hadn’t realized that yours was the farm that had the big fire – so sad. Anyway, I’ve seen your eggs in a store that’s not close to me in cardboard cartons (I think it was Price Chopper). The store near where I live – Top’s market – sells them in the clear plastic. This carton protects the eggs well, however, I find myself not wanting to buy them because the carton is not able to be recycled. I would be so happy to be able to buy your eggs in a cardboard carton. I live in Saranac Lake, NY. I commend you for your organic and, hopefully, small family farms, although to me it looks like an awful lot of chickens in one space. My inner self tells me the chickens aren’t happy. When I can, I purchase eggs from very small independent farms in the area, which is preferable, but I realize that there aren’t enough of those small places to supply everyone with eggs. Thanks for being organic and trying to be humane.

    1. Sarah Walls says:

      Hi Bettijane!

      As a values-led certified B-corporation, we are committed to people and the planet in addition to profit.
      Plastic is often associated with negative environmental impacts, but we have chosen these cartons because they are actually better for the environment than traditional molded fiber cartons made of pulp. An independent study has shown that molded fiber cartons result in more than double the carbon footprint of our RPET cartons over their lifecycle. Our RPET egg cartons approach “carbon neutral” and generate significantly less environmental impact than comparable plastic cartons.

      Our cartons are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. In many parts of the country, there’s a surplus of recycled soda bottle plastic; so each carton puts that surplus to good use. The cartons are made from the world’s most widely recycled plastic, so it is readily accepted in most recycling programs. When our plastic carton is recycled again, it’s less harmful to the environment than recycling pulp packaging–consuming far less energy, and water, with no waste or added chemicals.

      Also noteworthy is that the paper insert is also recyclable. They contain 10% of recycled fibers, and the paper we use comes from a North American paper mill that is FSC certified (Forest Stewardship Council).

      Finally, the plastic cartons protect the eggs better than pulp which is something our customers appreciate. You can easily check for cracked eggs by just turning the carton over.

      Also, we feel our chickens are pretty happy. during inclement weather, we must keep the girls inside, but otherwise they are able to be outside as long as conditions permit. Cold New England winters can cause frostbite, and the girls know this, so they don’t want to be out in it either.

      Our barn interiors provide plenty of space for our hens to enjoy each other’s company. Hens are very curious and social creatures, and the vast majority flock together in close proximity, while a shy and quiet few like to spend more of their time alone and on perches. Because of this natural behavior and hen personality, some areas of the barn become very crowded looking, and some areas are completely empty.

      We feel it’s important and we’re proud that we were the first farm in the country to earn the Certified Humane accreditation, and we exceed the recommend minimum area allowed for the hens (1.2 square feet). This standard was determined by the scientific welfare advisory committee of Humane Farm Animal Care, which includes well recognized experts such as Temple Grandin, and Michael Appleby, Ph. D. You can find those standards here: You can find Certified Humane standards for space requirements here. http://certifiedhumane.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Std14.Layers.5Z.pdf Look on page 7 for these requirements.

      And, we think it’s important to keep in mind that 90% of US laying hens still live their entire life locked indoors in cramped cages. So, we are certain that they’d gladly trade places with our Pete and Gerry’s girls any day.

      Our small family farms take a lot of pride in the good care that they give our hens.

  4. Thomas says:

    Hi – I was in Safeway just now looking at your eggs. I decided to buy the Safeway brand because they were packaged in card, rather than plastic. On reading the comments above, I now see that you have a rational reason for using plastic but it was not at all clear (and I spent some time looking) that you are using post-consumer plastic. I would encourage you to make this much more prominent — it would have affected my buying decision if I’d known. Thank you!

    1. Sarah Walls says:

      Hi Thomas! Thanks so much for the feedback. I’d be glad to let our Marketing Team know that you’d like to see this information better accessible on our recycled cartons. If helpful, we’ve actually just put a new blog post which better explains why we use these cartons. You can find it here Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us!

  5. Mike says:

    Hi there. We have recently started purchasing your eggs and they are delicious! I live across the street from a farm and can get eggs pretty much straight from the hen (and did that for several years). However the past several times I got them, they were very “gamey” tasting, hence why I made the switch.

    I see that I have the same issue as another customer- the sell by date. It took me a few minutes to find it, thanks to the explanation above indicating where it was located. My carton has no three digit code anywhere. I see the “Best Before” label and the arrow.There is no code or ink or imprint at all. Unfortunately, that means I must return or discard the eggs.

    I know that you wont change your packaging based on a few comments. But the use of a three digit code that indicates the day of the year it was packed means that one must do a mathematical calculation in their head to arrive at the approximate day of the year they are in to find whether the product is fresh. Or maybe I am misunderstanding what you wrote above. Either way, in my instance there is no code or date or anything,so this particular experience for me hasn’t been a good one.It is much easier to purchase other organic, free range eggs that have clear dates on them and not 3-digit codes.

    Respectfully,
    Mike

    1. Sarah Walls says:

      Hi Mike,

      We’re so sorry to hear of this unfortunate experience. We do try to stamp the clear end of the carton, but from time to time, depending on the packaging location, we may stamp the opposite end of the carton with this information. By now you may have discarded the eggs, and we would like to offer to replace them for you if you would not mind sending us an email. Our email address is: familyfarmteam@peteandgerrys.com
      I will be happy to also pass along this feedback about our packaging. Thank you for contacting us and we’re sorry for the trouble.

  6. Carolyn says:

    I bought eggs a while ago, I’m hazy on when. This carton of eggs has a “best before” and a triangular arrow, but no actual date anywhere to be found! I see nothing anywhere on the carton. My husband and I have scoured it. I’ll take pictures if you want.

    1. Sarah Walls says:

      Hi Carolyn! If you’d like to send us a message with a photograph of the carton, we would be happy to look into this issue right away. Sometimes our stampers may stamp the opposite end of the carton than where the paper arrow is. This is because or stamping machine is fixed to our packaging line, so we cannot move it. Our email address is: familyfarmteam@peteandgerrys.com if you’d like to send a photo! Thank you for reaching out!

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