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How ethical is Kerrygold?

Kerrygold is a brand of butter which has a below-benchmark score on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Butter, Margarine & Spreads Ratings Table. Although Kerrygold has not yet met our ethical benchmark, we hope to see the brand make progress in the future.

We would have extra confidence in Kerrygold if it submitted itself to apply for Ethical Accreditation, whereby The Good Shopping Guide would make further detailed assessment and recommendations for ethical improvement.

Find out more about the ethical issues facing the Butter, Margarine & Spreads sector.

What does Kerrygold do?

Kerrygold is an Irish butter brand created in 1962. It’s available worldwide and the brand also produces cheese.

In which areas does Kerrygold perform poorly?

Kerrygold was marked down under our criteria for Organic and Vegetarian due to a lack of certification. It also received a middle rating for its Environmental Report as it is not very detailed, and for GMOs as the brand does not have a statement available relating to their use.


Find out more about how we rate by exploring our ethical criteria.

Past Criticisms of Kerrygold’s record

We did not find any past criticisms of Kerrygold.

In which areas does Kerrygold score well for its ethics?

We found no public record criticisms of Kerrygold relating to Nuclear, Fossil Fuels, Animal Welfare, Political Donations or Armaments, so it scores well for these criteria.

How can Kerrygold improve its ethical rating?

The below-benchmark score that Kerrygold is awarded with on The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Butter, Margarine & Spreads Ratings Table is the result of an evaluation of multiple ethical criteria.

To reach our minimum ethical benchmark and qualify for Ethical Accreditation, Kerrygold has some issues to resolve, including its lack of a GMO statement or Organic certification. If it applies for Ethical Accreditation, The Good Shopping Guide will be able to give Kerrygold some guidance to improve on these areas.

Were you aware that your brand could benefit from Ethical Accreditation? Brands accredited by The Good Shopping Guide can display our ethical mark, showcasing to consumers that it is an ethical and sustainable brand.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to attain Ethical Accreditation, please contact us or complete a Free Initial Assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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