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Yeo Valley yogurts

Yeo Valley , a company near Bristol, began making organic yogurts in the early 1990s when local farms began to produce organic milk. With the farmers struggling to sell their product, Yeo Valley saw the chance to benefit from a local supply of organic raw material.

The Yeo Valley Organic Company was set up to:

As well as producing yogurt, the company now makes fromage frais, luxury desserts and ice-creams. Each week it uses over half a million litres of organic milk, which it buys from local farms. Most of the fruit used in its yogurts comes from a producer about 25 miles from the Yeo Valley production plant. To ensure a year-round supply, other fruit is imported from growers who do not use any pesticides.

As an organic food company, Yeo Valley tries to reduce its impact on the environment whenever possible. Any packaging and office waste is reduced and recycled. Waste yogurt is used as organic animal feed by local farmers. The company’s lorries are double-deckers that carry more goods for less fuel and are shared with other companies so that they are always full.

Yeo Valley case study

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