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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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Julia says ...
In addition to my preference to buy organic for the traditional reasons that go with it, I think it's very impressive to see a company working so hard for sustainability. Eros has incorporated technology in a very smart way to reduce their footprint - right down to the amount of water used to clean equipment. I tried Eros for the first time last week, and while I enjoyed their product, I would probably continue to buy whichever yogurt was on sale, rather than a specific brand. After learning more about how Eros runs their business, I would like to support their efforts by throwing more my dollars their way.
09/10/2011 3:14:28 PM CDT
Merna says ...
How nice to see such a humane company produce this wonderful product!
09/10/2011 4:15:51 PM CDT
Alison says ...
Motion-activated lighting sounds like something more people could implement at home, especially in bathrooms and closets.
09/10/2011 4:39:22 PM CDT
David says ...
Great and inspirational
09/10/2011 5:40:07 PM CDT
Amy B says ...
I am so thankful for companies like this! These are just some of the reasons I choose to shop at a place that supports amazing people like this. Imagine if everyone had such principles. Eros yogurt is SO DELICIOUS! It is a family favorite for sure! We have only been able to find it at Whole Foods.
09/10/2011 7:32:31 PM CDT
kara rane says ...
now those are happy cows*! Thank you for sharing your story behind Eros Yogurt & Diamond W Dairy, I too agree that all the components matter when creating a product. Your dedication and compassion is admirable, and that is why your yogurt is so delicious.
09/10/2011 9:34:45 PM CDT
Dan says ...
Nice to see an approach other than extreme processing.
09/10/2011 9:38:25 PM CDT
Lucifer says ...
Wow! It's nice to see someone so effectively using solar power! Ubersweet!
09/10/2011 11:36:17 PM CDT
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.
09/10/2011 11:41:25 PM CDT
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!
09/11/2011 12:42:48 AM CDT
Stephen says ...
I don't eat dairy, but still it's always great to see Whole Foods supporting such wonderful food producers that really go the extra mile.
09/11/2011 3:55:29 PM CDT
Kristie says ...
I think it's great! Next time I'm out shopping I'll have to try this brand. I love learning about brands I can feel good about supporting with my money.
09/11/2011 6:50:33 PM CDT
Kristin says ...
How cool that their creamery is uses entirely solar energy!
09/12/2011 8:29:57 AM CDT
Sarah says ...
Treating the earth fairly, treating the cows fairly, and treating the employees fairly all make up a great foundation for a great sustainable company.
09/12/2011 12:37:42 PM CDT
Dana says ...
Its great to see such a responsible company: both in organic and sustainability. I'll be looking for Eros Yogurt next time I buy for my kids. Thanks.
09/12/2011 12:53:49 PM CDT
FatTomato says ...
their efforts are just as awesomely bombastic as their yogurts! the proof is in the goods
09/12/2011 10:01:36 PM CDT
Julia says ...
What a great example of such an innovative way for solar energy usage and how to conserve it too! Hopefully others in this industry and beyond will follow Eros' lead in the near future.
09/14/2011 11:50:06 AM CDT
Sarah B. says ...
(When they say mail do they mean email or mailing address?) I literally eat 2-3lbs of Greek yogurt a week since I use it as a sauce with most foods. I've been eating TJ's Whole Greek Yogurt but I'm really interested in trying this. I'd happily switch over to Eros if they taste as good as they sound! I really appreciate all the extra effort they're putting in, both as a concern for the environment & for my body. I plan on trying some Eros Greek Yogurt tonight with a veggie burrito!
09/14/2011 3:06:52 PM CDT
TTPB says ...
Healthy!
09/14/2011 3:25:00 PM CDT
Monica Sakamoto says ...
I admire their attitude of wanting to provide a high quality product in a sustainable fashion. Hopefully, other businesses will follow suit .
09/14/2011 3:29:45 PM CDT
Autumn says ...
Awesome company, making an awesome product! Not only are their efforts helping to conserve resources today, their also making the world better for future generations!
09/14/2011 4:08:09 PM CDT
Teresa says ...
Another great reason I shop at whole foods. I love knowing they support great companies like this by supplying us with their great products.Eros yogurt, already delicious, just got kicked up a notch.Thanks
09/14/2011 4:25:19 PM CDT
Alan Grimes says ...
Way to set the bar, Everyone else needs to catch up.
09/14/2011 6:14:50 PM CDT
Alan Meyerson says ...
I would love to learn more about this company.
09/14/2011 6:15:13 PM CDT
Andrea says ...
Our industrialized food industry has really missed an important lesson; one that apparently hasn't been missed by all: “We want to make sure the animals are taken care of; I think it just tastes better in the end product.” This is so very true, and I'm thoroughly enjoying the resurgence of small farms and thoughtful food production! Thank you!!
09/14/2011 6:17:51 PM CDT

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