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Eros Yogurt

By Marc Hamel and Ha Lam, September 10, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Marc Hamel and Ha Lam
CONGRATULATION TO OUR WINNER PATRICIA FROM ANN ARBOR, MI. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR GREAT COMMENTS! We love our producers, suppliers and vendors and we think most of them have some pretty interesting stories behind their products too. We’ll be sharing some of our favorites here in an ongoing series. Read on for a chance to win a $50 gift card. What does it take to run a creamery? If you’re Jennifer Bice, it takes lots of care, concern and meticulous attention to detail. The organic creamery behind Eros Organic Greek Yogurt, is operated 100% on solar power from two acres of solar panels. Running on these solar panels is “equal to taking 76 cars off the road, planting 110 trees or powering over 50 homes, “ Bice says. “Creameries use tremendous amounts of energy so we’re constantly looking at new ways that we can deliver the product in a more sustainable fashion.” In addition to solar energy, the creamery uses motion-sensored lights that only come on when needed in order to minimize lighting usage, has electric car charging stations (also operated by solar power) and a computer-operated water system that measures the exact amount of water needed to clean their operational equipment. The same consciousness applies not only to the creamery, but also to their relationship with Diamond W Dairy, their award-winning dairy producer. Using one dairy to provide all of the milk for Eros yogurt means that they can save in transportation resources as well as get fresh, high-quality milk to the creamery faster. “We really wanted the best and most high quality milk, so we’ve formed a partnership with the Diamond W Dairy because they have one of the best dairies in Sonoma County,” says Bice. Brothers Ron and Ken Wilson run the dairy, which provides organic milk from 600 cows to supply all of the milk that goes into Eros Yogurt. The Wilson brothers are the third generation of their family to run their farm and they’re known for the care with which they treat their cows. “We want to make sure the animals are taken care of; I think it just tastes better in the end product.” says Bice. “Eros Organic Greek Yogurt is exclusive to Whole Foods Market, is one of the few organic Greek yogurts, and on top of that, it’s delicious!” Eros Organic Greek Yogurt is available in plain, vanilla, honey, strawberry and blueberry and is found only in our stores. What do you think about the efforts that Eros Organic Greek Yogurt makes to conserve resources in its creamery? Watch the slideshow above and leave a comment with your answer by September 27th. One comment will be chosen at random to win a $50 gift card to our stores.

 

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Linda k says ...
I love Greek yogurt! Many years ago I spent a semester in Greece and ate yogurt for breakfast. First time I'd had yogurt. I came home and couldn't figure out why I didn't like yogurt here. With the introduction of Greek yogurt to the US market, at last this mystery is solved.
09/14/2011 10:26:08 PM CDT
Melinda Walker says ...
Love Love Love the cows!! So glad to see organic dairy farms makes me feel good about eating Eros yogurt! Thanks for all you do!
09/14/2011 11:02:51 PM CDT
Jackie says ...
I think it's great that their creamery is 100% solar powered. This company represents everything good and it's disappointing that more companies can't work in this fashion. Good food, good energy, good people all create an undoubtedly great product. The world couldn't ask for more!
09/14/2011 11:11:04 PM CDT
Carol Kerns says ...
Not only are these folks operating green and treating their animals with obvious love -- they're also producing a VEGETARIAN Greek-style yogurt! I'm so glad to learn about this great product. Thank goodness for Whole Foods, where the products and the people are truly wonderful. <3
09/14/2011 11:11:35 PM CDT
Terry Ermini says ...
After learning about Eros Organic Greek Yogurt I can hardly wait to try it. I believe you can taste love in a product and this one is obviously loaded with it. Thanks for caring.
09/14/2011 10:51:18 PM CDT
DeWitt Henderson says ...
I love this story, and can't wait to try Eros Organic Greek Yogurt. If I was running a food company, large or small, I would do my best to incorporate the kinds of sustainable components that Eros and Diamond W are using. Many large companies in this country could learn from this slide show!
09/14/2011 10:51:30 PM CDT
Sharon Messinger says ...
Very impressive. I love Greek Yogurt and, like many others, I will try Eros.
09/14/2011 11:02:08 PM CDT
Carol DeCosta says ...
I love that Eros has made the effort to be totally green, with such great results. Maybe it took a little longer to discover those energy solutions, but the impact on the planet is immeasurable. Think what the Mother Earth would be like if thousands of people and businesses committed to doing this.
09/14/2011 11:02:12 PM CDT
Nancy V says ...
Sounds so-o-o-o Good. Can!t wait to try it
09/14/2011 11:13:51 PM CDT
Jenny Hickman says ...
I always love learning about where my food is coming from, it seems that it makes you more aware of your impact on the environment and the food tastes better. As for the yogurt.... well it tastes so good that you know that those must be some pretty happy cows!
09/14/2011 11:14:23 PM CDT
jinjer says ...
You can feel the nourishment as you eat as much as you can taste how much more flavorful your organic yogurt is.
09/14/2011 10:33:32 PM CDT
Joan Gales says ...
I really liked the Whole Story. I believe in a company that is concerned with conserving resources by using solar power and looking for additional ways that they can conserve resources. Eros is concerned about their employees and their animals and that is so important to the production of a good product. Good for you Eros, and good for us because we get the great products you produce.
09/14/2011 10:33:35 PM CDT
jennifer f says ...
I think its great and makes me want their yogurt even more!
09/14/2011 10:34:10 PM CDT
steve berger says ...
Now if we could get more companies acting as responsibly as you are we would all be eating and living much healthier lives. You are a great role model for everyone! Keep up the great work in what you do and keep getting the word out as to how to run a company in a sustainable manner that is good for everyone. Great job!
09/14/2011 10:34:17 PM CDT
Pam Vance says ...
Very nice
09/14/2011 10:34:38 PM CDT
Ralph Williams says ...
I like the fact that they use solar power.
09/14/2011 10:34:50 PM CDT
Brenda T. says ...
Eco-friendly yogurt. Sounds like a win-win! Count me in.
09/14/2011 10:34:54 PM CDT
Kevin says ...
Great to see that these people went to the effort to move towards a product that is kind towards the animals and in turn to us as well.
09/14/2011 10:34:58 PM CDT
Teresa araya says ...
Looks like happy cows and well treated employees make delicious yogurt. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the information.
09/14/2011 10:35:37 PM CDT
Jennifer Hunt says ...
I think that what you're doing is a long awaited step in the right direction for corporate food production! Keep it up, and be a resource for other businesses looking to improve their operations.
09/14/2011 10:35:51 PM CDT
Ava says ...
This frozen yogurt is like my dream come true!
09/14/2011 10:36:12 PM CDT
Kathleen Phillips says ...
Wonderful! It's so uplifting to read about a company who has taken such effort to do things the correct way and the green way! I would love to see more companies in America go this same route. Thank you, Whole Foods, for bringing us "good news".
09/14/2011 10:36:43 PM CDT
glenda swanson says ...
You change the world one creamery at a time. It it heart warming to hear how a business can operate with integrity and responsibility towards the planet, its employees and the animals that are the source of their product. I will definately be buying Eros Organic Greek Yogurt in the future!
09/14/2011 10:36:54 PM CDT
Emily B says ...
It is so refreshing and makes all the difference in knowing which brand I will buy and vote I will make! Thanks!!
09/14/2011 10:37:03 PM CDT
Mariko H says ...
It is always good to learn about the producers of the products we buy at Whole Foods. I am impressed with how the Eros Yogurt creamery operates and feel lucky that they are local.
09/14/2011 10:37:17 PM CDT

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