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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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Stephanie says …

I think it's great.

Fran R. says …

Good role model.

Michelle says …

This is a great product and an awesome company! Thank you WFs for introducing us to such great suppliers!

lori says …

love that they care about the animals that provide ingredients

Carrie Elsass says …

I am always so impressed with companies who go the extra mile to do what is right and ethical, even if it costs more. If more companies made this kind of effort, what a different world we'd have!

Orianna says …

I am Greek and I love Greek yogurt! I buy it for my family and I love that your company cares about the Environment. It is amazing and something to be proud of to be 100% solar powered!! I also love to hear that you are "fair to your employees, so they care more about the company as well". If I owned a creamery it would be run just like yours!

Bonnie says …

We should all be thinking about getting back to the basics for our health. It is wonderful to get some insight as to where are food is coming from. Thank you.

Christine says …

Solar power mixed with quality organic ingredients is a win/win! Great company with a good/positive affect on the environment and health!!

therese ruiz says …

I TRIED EROS YOGURT AT A SAMPLING IN THE STORE ONE DAY....AND HAVE BEEN EATING IT EVERY SINCE. I LOVE THE WAY THE COMPANY CARES ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT TOO. GO EROS!!!! THERESE

Gregg Bracke says …

They are an example for all businesses to emulate by being good business citizens through conservation and by treating their employees well.

Joan Woods says …

I admire the effort to keep the cows and milk organic, the solar powered plant operations, and your commitment to excellence!

Kim says …

I feel healthier and happier just watching the video. Between the happy cows and the efficient use of power, it looks great!

Jeanne Delagardelle says …

I loved Eros Yogurt at first bite. But now that I've seen the faces (both human and bovine!) behind the yogurt I love it even more! Keep doing what you're doing and thanks!

Cheryl Rowe says …

How wonderful to see that Eros Yogurt is a healthy company with a healthy product. I'm from Wisconsin, the dairy state, but these California cows look very content. Thanks for all you do to help the earth, your employers, and make a great product.

Lorraine Mott says …

I am grateful for this company making such an effort in a positive way.

Adrienne Underwood says …

It is so refreshing that people care about the treatment of animals and producing great food for fellow humans.

Amanda Casteel says …

Solar energy, motion-sensored lights that only come on when needed in order to minimize lighting usage, electric car charging stations (also operated by solar power) and computer-operated water system that measures the exact amount of water needed to clean their operational equipment. The community I live in uses a computer operated water system, which is super cool.

Erin from Long Island says …

i love it when companies work to improve themselves like this! It sets such a great example =)

LeAnn Manes says …

Glad for those who step out for the good of all!

Deanna says …

Amazing-love all the effort to become organic and the solar power is a bonus.

mike says …

organic product, alternative energy, family business that cares about their employees, environment and product with a whole lotta of TLC! Congratulations on showing how it "IS" done.

Harmony says …

I love the Fair Trade part.

Susan Swyt says …

I had never considered how much energy a dairy would use before this slideshow. The extensive solar array is so impressive, and they not only use their energy resources wisely, but their human resources wisely. I love their fair trade for employees policies.

Leslie says …

I felt in love with Oikos! i have tried others but not organic and soooo creamy!

Yolanda wong says …

So nice to know that there truly are people out there that care bout our planet

Chareme says …

What a great and responsible way to make a superior product.

Kristine Villena says …

This is why I switched to organic foods. At the same time, made me to come to my senses of caring for the environment.

Jeff Kamin says …

It is difficult enough to make a product that people like and is successful. But, to combine that with being environmentally conscious and responsible is remarkable! As a business professional, I am impressed. As a consumer, I will support and buy the products.

gretchen turzo says …

It is refreshing to see so many companies joining the movement toward better health for us all and our planet. Thank you!

Joanna says …

Eros seems to incorporate the ancient wisdom of the Greeks in making their product. They're also working within the community and investing in the welfare of the environment. In the end, the energy from the sun -> running the creamery-> supporting local dairy with happy cows = delicious local organic yogurt. Win-win!

Nancy says …

I'm impressed with your efforts...but, even more impressed with the taste of your yogurt. Thank you for making such a quality product, in a quality manner!

jennifer sullivan says …

Excellent way to take care of not only yourself but others as well!!

pam says …

You can't go wrong with yogurt, especially Greek yogurt. This company rocks!

Andrea says …

Eros gets a "gold star" from me! I am going to try their yogurt now that I read about their great effort to run an environmentally friendly business. It is comforting to learn of the solar energy power that is used, and their all around concern for energy conservation. I was impressed to learn that they use the best creamery in Sonoma County, too. Thank you for sharing this information with the consumers.

Michelle D says …

I am very impressed by how this company has decided to look at every aspect of their operation in order to reduce their impact on the world around them.

Cassie M. says …

Incredible. Now if other companies would be as conscientious, our world would be a much better place.

Susanne W says …

Wow, 100% Solar Energy, Organic cows (Milk), treating both employees and livestock fairly. Eros is on the road to becoming a top sustainable company. So glad Whole Foods is partnering with such a great group of people and looking after their customer's best interest as well. Thank you-I'm picking up some Eros today!

Lisa Johnson says …

Great Care and Love in your farm. Thank you for the extreme effort, going the extra mile for the best product, because we all want to feel and look as wonderful and healthy! I will be buying your product! Thanks again for the care!

Lynn says …

Hooray for them taking the innovative chance on solar power. May many others follow their example.

Bethanie Hulburt says …

Wish all companies were so conscientious! Keep up the good work!

Travis S. says …

As a nutritionist it is important to have naturally raised creameries all over for our energy problems. If more and more people were educated on this we would have less energy problems and more money to spend on better organic foods like this rather then pay huge bills.

kate p. says …

Very interesting video. Impressive that the whole creamery is powered by solar panels - wow!

Marjorie Nye says …

The Eros ethos: Take care of the earth and it will take care of you. Isn't that what Mother Nature intended? Thank you, Eros, for the best tasting yogurt in (and for) the world!

Emily Evilsizor says …

As someone who grew up on a farm and never had to question how my food was treated and raised, I give a huge applause to those working to change the American food culture toward a more sustainable and healthier future.

Michelle Gord says …

100% Solar power: impressive! I think that organic tastes better as well, and I'm happy that there are companies such as these that are committed to doing what is necessary to provide such high quality products.

Patty McCabe says …

use yogurt with pie filling

Wendy Arias says …

The company is saving money by using less energy and is seetting examples for workers, consumers, and other businesses.

sarah says …

I think you guys have done a great job, keep it up!

Ev Buczek says …

I like the fact that the product's production - from the what the cows are fed to the energy to process the yogurt to how the employees are treated, is thoughtfully considered and designed to have the least environmentally harmful, most healthful outcome possible. Eros Greek yogurt is truly the cream of the crop.

ingrid rousseau says …

Hi, you know there is only one quesstion left after reading and seeing this post: Why isn't there big budget movies (as publicized) showing these efforts as there are showing efforts of the 3 or 4 food companies that rule the "food chain" and others in the end in america (in the world too actually) like "food Inc" just to name one! These sustainable, ecological efforts should be shown and publicized to greater audiences to show that it is possible and in the end not that difficult to adopt... then let the rest happen! I mean, I have brought these EROS yogurt to work and seriously, ageveryone agreed, who needs dessert after having one of these!? It's the perfect balance between sweetness and sourness, firmness and creaminess, it's heaven on my taste buds! Great job! Well, okay, just like everyone else I wish they were eassier on my wallet, but oh, well, treats are treats, right?! :) Good luck to the family! Ingrid

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