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Eros Yogurt

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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Mimi says …

It's good to know that the organic creamery behind Eros Organic Greek Yogurt is 100% solar energy.

Christopher says …

It's evident that Eros cares so much about their suppliers and the way they make their yogurt. As a consumer, it's nice to know that I can trust a brand like Eros due to its thoughtfulness in the origin of the raw ingredients and the processes to turn them into a delicious yogurt. Kudos to you.

ReNae says …

Woot!

bianca says …

I'm always aware how important it is to know that you have consumer power. Like when I shop at Whole Foods, I am aware of the contributions they make to the community (since I've been on the receiving end three different separate times with nonprofits I've worked for). Eros is not only providing a great resource for the Earth, but also setting an example. When companies choose to make these decisions, they should know that we, as consumers, make a conscious choice when we purchase their goods over others (like other yogurt companies). Information like that reminds me of my power in changing the world by choosing companies that align with my interests....and Eros, I'm proud to learn about your energy choices, and how to show that by buying my Eros yogurt at Whole Foods my next trip! :)

Vicki Keller says …

Its refreshing in a time/world that has become so challenging that old fashion values and from the heart goes into what Eros stands for. From their employees to the cows and to being environmentally aware and caring of nature ....it shows in their product. Thank you Eros !

Hollie Free says …

What a great story not only about the multi generational family farm but the desire to do what is best for the environment. They seem to have a vision of running a business that serves many customers who share the same philosophy as theirs….a great organic product, lower carbon footprints, and happy employees. I buy lots of yogurt for my family of four. We all have enjoyed the consistency of the greek yogurts but I have to admit, I have not tried "Eros" yet. After hearing their story, I will be buying and having my whole family give it a try. I will tell them there is a good story that goes with it.

Debra Williams says …

I am very thankful for your extreme efforts to produce such a high quality product. I look forward to trying Eros yogurt.

Jesus D. says …

Like that the cows are free on the hillside and how you treat your workers. :) Wish all company's were like that. And, let's not leave out the solar panels, way to save energy.

Barbara Finch says …

I think that it is great that Eros uses only solar power in their creamery. Great going Eros!

Linda Werner says …

Amazing effort and commitment.

Jan says …

Eros sets the bar high for the dairy industry...kudos to them, and hopefully others will follow their example!

Angela Emerson says …

I believe the proof of the efforts of this company to obtain a good product can be seen and tested in the purchase of this yogurt.

Tara says …

Impressive work, Eros. I hope other companies follow suit.

Marla F says …

How wonderful that Eros is trying to use the planet with detroying it, while making delicous healthy foods!

marcie hadley says …

I have visited several dairies. I am impressed with how healthy the cows look on the Diamond's ranch. Better products do come from better beginnings.

Cindy Jusino says …

I'm so proud to be a consumer of your product! It makes me feels so good to know that the food I'm eating was grown in a sustainable environment that is helping to leave the world in a better place. Thank you for treating you cows like living creatures and for going even further with the solar panels. Thank you so much!

Ille Brebach says …

I just love to read stories like this! Congratulations to the people that are making the effort to do the right thing. Being present and consciousness will make a difference in the long run. Thank you for doing what you are doing! I greatly appreciate it! Sincerely, Ille Brebach

Nancy L. Reagan says …

After just reading an article about the tomato growing industry in Florida, I find this to be 360 degrees on the other side. With your solar panels to the treatment of the animals and employees this is so refreshing and it would be wonderful if other businesses would follow suit. I'm looking forward to trying your yogurt if it is available at my Whole Foods.

Larry Crist says …

It's so nice to see a product made by a family of generations and in the USA

Jennifer says …

Happy cows make happy customers!

Celia C says …

It is surprising to find out that how Eros took care their plant and business with so much details. I am glad to learn more about the company and the product, definitely will try their product and be a supporter.

Ross says …

My son and my wife love yogurt!

Dana says …

I love to hear about companies like this. The innovation, respect for the earth and love for making a high quality product make me excited about trying this product!

Mary M-M says …

I've never seen Eros yogurt, even though I buy yogurt almost every week. I will look for it when I come in this weekend, so I can try it. I love organic yogurt. This has to be excellent yogurt, when they went to the trouble and time to figure out exactly how much water to use for cleaning. These people obviously have patience. For them to work that hard on getting the water amount right, you know they had to have worked dilligently to make the perfect yogurt. I can't wait to try it (as soon as I'm over my cold, so I can taste it)!

Joël Mejia says …

It is those companies who set the trend in lowering their footprint, waste production and consumption. Only innovators take the time to actually implement these changes and talk proudly of them. It can be done and any other companies that have yet to do so are more concerned about their dollar and less about the world that will be left behind to all our descendants. The planet and resources are here but at some point they will run out and we as a human race would have to wait a long time for them to be replenished and consumed again. Thank you to your company for really making the world take notice!

Maria says …

I appreciate this spotlight on such a conscientious company. Now that I know, I will certainly be more apt to by their product because these practices make a difference, and I vote with my dollars! Who else can you tell us about?

Katrina says …

I love hearing about the process behind the products that are available for purchase at Whole Foods. I recently discovered greek yogurt but didn't realize that there was an organic, sustainable product out there so this is fantastic news!! Thank you to all those involved with Eros (and the cows too):)

Katie says …

That is an impressive field of solar panels. Looks like a great company!

Barbara Neumann says …

In a time when so many companies are looking at ways to cut costs, it is nice to learn about a company like yours that takes pride in producing an organic Greek Yogurt in a way that not only treats employees fairly, but takes measures to conserve on energy, invest in two acres of solar panels to fuel the plant and commit to one dairy that cares for their cows well. Barbara

Andrea says …

I applaude both the creamery as well as their dairy producer for their efforts. We all need to start thinking in eco-friendly terms and making steps in this direction.

Debra Miller says …

How refresing it is for companies to step forward and lead the way. I wish our major US corporations would also step forward instead of having the federal government drag them each baby step.

Rosemary Parish says …

This sounds like a great product. I will gladly try some next time I am in Whole Foods. I am hoping that this is a full fat yogurt. It is almost impossible to find Greek style yogurt which is. Yogurt should be kept as a whole food, that is not separated from the naturally occurring fat because it contains enzymes which help to break the food down. Fat is actually good for you in moderation.

Maryann says …

It is so great to see a company using solar power to produce an organic yogurt that one could feel good about feeding to their families.

Rick L says …

It really seems like they are serious about going green. I love hearing that their creamery is 100% solar powered. More companies should do this. Great job Eros! And thanks for supporting companies like this Whole Foods.

Donna McCartney says …

Eros Greek Yogurt's container has a little angel printed on it. That is a fitting symbol for the merchandise that it represents. How wonderful that the creator of Eros is an angel, as well as the dairy farmers! The end product has been heavenly made!

Emily E. says …

Eros sets a great example of a model that is sustainable, and yet profitable, demonstrating that you do not have to sacrifice profitability for environmental and social responsibility.

Crystal says …

It's great to have these family farms as part of the Whole Foods suppliers. For the consumer to know first-hand where the products they buy and eat come from, is essential, in today's market where we hear news about numerous contaminated products produced by huge commercial farms. The other facts that Eros makers are Eco-energy conscious and treat their cows humanely is a another plus.

Ellyn says …

If one company can be profitable using green technology- others should try.

Colleen says …

By using solar power they are modeling wise behavior in our current times. Not only does this appear to be a modern and cost effective business choice to use solar power; it is also one that hopefully enriches the local environment and business community by generating new power sources while at the same time hiring local solar workers to put in panels and thus creating more jobs. If the quality of their product matches their community integrity then this a product one can feel good purchasing and enjoying.

diane says …

It is great to know. I love their yogurt!

Marianne says …

I like the fact that they are using solar power and a local milk producer. I wonder if the cows are pasture raised. I am looking forward to trying their yogurt. I like to support organic farmers and am impressed with their concern for energy use.

Chris says …

A lot of the effort clearly shows in the final product.

Amy D. says …

I am really impressed with their comprehensive approach to energy conservation AND their dedication to the welfare of their employees and all those happy organic cows! Sounds fantastic - I must try this yogurt!

Lucifer says …

Wow! It's nice to see someone so effectively using solar power! Ubersweet!

Nikki says …

Wonderful. I love seeing companies going towards organic...and am impressed by the additional solar power!! Love it...keep it up!

jessica says …

Great for us and great for the environment

Glenna says …

I am struck by the love put into the entire dairy operation from the healthy animals to the care for the environment and the smiling dairyman. As "Eros" is the god of love, this seems a match made in heaven.

Mel says …

I think its really important for businesses to take responsibility for the enormous waste that they create id glad to see that some companies are finally stepping up. It only takes one person or business to start a revolution =D

Beverly R. says …

I love a happy ending.... Especially, when it's a reality! Wonderful.......

Pat says …

This is very impressive! I hope other companies will tag along and do the same!

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