LONDONDERRY, N.H., - Stonyfield Farm, the world's largest organic yogurt company, is celebrating its 20th birthday this year by reaching the #4 status in the national grocery category.
"Samuel and I started out twenty years ago with a recipe, 7 cows and a dream," said Gary Hirshberg, President and CEO, Stonyfield Farm. "Today, there are thousands of cows and hundreds of farmers and their families enjoying the fruits of this organic revolution. Through the hard work and dedication of our committed employees and suppliers and especially our loyal customers, we have been able to affirm that it is possible to do well by doing good. We're more optimistic than ever that consumers understand the value of all natural and organic products like Stonyfield."
Stonyfield Farm was founded in Wilton, NH, in 1983, as a project to help revitalize the struggling New England dairy industry and support family farms. Founder Samuel Kaymen, one of the country's early authorities on organic and biodynamic agriculture, and President and CEO Gary Hirshberg, an environmental activist and noted entrepreneur, began with an organic farming school, a few Jersey cows and a great tasting yogurt recipe. In the early days, Gary and Samuel and their families did everything from milk the cows to finance the business to sales calls and product deliveries. Their efforts were fruitful. The company grew from a small family operation that produced 150 cases a week to its current status as the #4 yogurt company in the US, with $150 million in sales, 236 employees, producing 350,000 cases of yogurt per week!
With growth came change, but the fundamental values of Stonyfield Farm have remained steadfast. The company's mission: to provide the very highest quality, best-tasting all natural and Certified Organic products; to educate consumers and producers about the value of protecting the environment and of supporting family farmers and sustainable farming methods; and to serve as a model that environmentally and socially responsible businesses can also be profitable, have been at the forefront of Stonyfield Farm's successful tenure.
Stonyfield Farm's innovation and successful groundbreaking product introductions, including YoBaby and Smoothies, make the company a clear market leader. The company offers the only yogurt on the U.S. market to use six live active cultures, and Inulin, a natural fiber that boosts calcium absorption. Stonyfield is also the only U.S. yogurt brand to use L. Reuteri, a culture that inhibits the growth and activity of harmful bacteria. L. Reuteri boosts the body's immune system, enhancing the body's resistance to gastrointestinal disease.
Throughout its history, the "little yogurt company that could" has proved that socially responsible companies can make a big difference in environmental and social causes, and be profitable. The company donates 10% of its profits each year to efforts that help protect and restore the earth. Through the Profits for the Planet program, Stonyfield Farm has donated more than $1.6 million. In addition, Stonyfield Farm has recycled over 10 million pounds of materials, preventing them from being dumped into landfills and incinerators. In recognition of Stonyfield Farm's environmental business practices the company has been honored with national awards for recycling and innovative efforts to reduce global warming, including investments in tree planting and energy efficiency to offset emissions from the energy used to make our yogurt.
About Stonyfield Farm
Stonyfield Farm, celebrating its 20th year, is the world's largest organic yogurt company with all natural and Certified Organic yogurt, cultured soy, frozen yogurt and ice cream distributed in all 50 states. The company advocates that healthy food can only come from a healthy planet. It is the nation's first dairy processor to pay farmers not to treat cows with the synthetic bovine growth hormone rBGH. Stonyfield donates 10% of its profits to environmental causes. In addition, Stonyfield is America's first manufacturer to offset 100% of its CO2 emissions from its facility energy use, just one of their efforts to reduce global warming. For more information on the company's many other environmental and health initiatives, visit www.stonyfield.com or call 1-800-PRO-COWS.