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LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- Leading organic yogurt maker Stonyfield Farm here said yesterday it's set to convert the remainder of its dairy product line to organic by the end of the month.
"This is the culmination of 25 years of work and passion, and just in time for our 25th birthday," said Stonyfield Farm president and "CE-Yo" Gary Hirshberg in a statement. The official company birth date was April 9, 1983.
The final step toward total conversion was making Stonyfield's fat-free 6-ounce line organic. Those production changes are scheduled for October. Earlier this year, the company converted its 32-ounce fat-free quarts and smoothies to organic.
Stonyfield Farm will now offer an all-organic line of 32-ounce and six-ounce yogurts, drinkable yogurt smoothies, YoBaby yogurts for babies and toddlers, YoKids squeezers and yogurts, frozen yogurt and ice cream, Oikos Greek-style yogurt, and milk.
"This is a goal that often seemed out-of-reach, due to the scarcity of organic milk and other ingredients, but our strong supplier relationships -- primarily with Organic Valley/CROPP -- and their steadfast support of this company and our consumers made this monumental achievement possible," said Hirshberg.
The increase in organic milk supply is due to the growing number of conventional farmers completing their conversion to organic, a regulated process requiring that grazing land and feed are not treated with chemical fertilizers or persistent toxic pesticides for three years.