buttermilk streusel coffee cake. I loved hearing Miriam's passion for dairy as she shared her family's dairy's story. Her grandfather, Iver Erickson, and friend William "Andy" Anderson, bought a dairy for $15,000 and started AE Dairy in 1930. At that time there were around 150 dairies in Des Moines, so after awhile the dairy decided to concentrate on specific dairy products - milks, cottage cheese and sour cream. Andy Anderson was interested in butter, so he decided to go off on his own several years later to Minnesota and sold his shares of the company to Iver. In the 60's Miriam's Dad, Jim got involved with the dairy and helped develop the company's yogurt line. Yogurt was only found in health markets at that time, and Jim helped bring yogurt to grocery stores. Today, Jim is the Chairman of the AE Dairy Board, Miriam is the President and CEO and her brother Warren is the COO and CFO.
Hot Jalapeno Mexican Style Dip), product ideas in the pipeline and products that flopped. It was also a great chance to try some products I probably would have never bought myself. Before yesterday I thought I only liked Greek Yogurt in a tzatziki sauce on top of a gyro. But now, I'm going to have to start buying some of AE Dairy's Greek Yogurts to keep stocked in our refrigerator. I think my favorite was the Almond Creme flavor.
|Miriam Erickson Brown, AE Dairy President/CEO on the dairy tour|
And, if you are a AE Dairy fan who grew up enjoying AE products and moved away, or if you got a taste from a friend or family member and fell in love from a distance, you need to apply for AE Dairy's long-distance fans contest for your chance at a special prize pack full of AE Dairy items shipped to you! You can apply yourself or you can nominate someone you know who would love a taste from "back home".