Ehrmann has created yogurt enjoyed by consumers around the world for nearly 100 years. It may be a new name to consumers in the US, but we are not new to the yogurt business. Among the leading dairies in Europe, the Ehrmann family learned the craft of yogurt-making in Oberschönegg in Bavaria, Germany in 1929. The founder was the grandfather of Ehrmann's current Chief Executive Officer, Christian Ehrmann.
From our roots as a local dairy producer in Germany, we expanded throughout Europe, as well as into many international markets. Today, consumers can enjoy our yogurt products in 40 different countries. Ehrmann owns and operates production facilities in Germany, Russia and now the US with our newest facility in Casa Grande, Arizona, which was developed to support our entrance into this market.
In the US, we are combining the same modern manufacturing techniques with our three-generations-old family recipe to create MIXIM™, our new creamy Greek yogurt. MIXIM is the only Greek yogurt with a heart-shaped container and three separate chambers. Each serving of creamy, smooth MIXIM Greek yogurt is paired with two topping combinations to let you create your own taste sensations.
As Ehrmann continues to expand into new markets, we remain an independent family enterprise that is dedicated to producing healthy, delicious yogurt for consumers worldwide to enjoy.
As part of the company's desire to share their yogurt with as many people as possible, Ehrmann USA was set up in 2009 and in March 2010, construction began of an ultra-modern production facility in Brattleboro, Vermont. Yogurt production commenced at this state of the heart facility just one year later. The plant is designed for an annual yogurt production capacity of 32,000 tons and quickly reached this production target. Due to the growth in the US yogurt market and ready acceptance of our products, further investment was warranted and the groundbreaking for our second US dairy plant was made in Casa Grande, Arizona in August 2012.
We are proud of our US presence, and our relationships with the local dairy farmers and communities of Brattleboro, Vermont, and Casa Grande, Arizona. Ehrmann has over 200 employees at our two dairies and continues to be active in the local communites where we are based.