Incredible journeys that shape the present & future of food & beverage industry

Written by Hema Reddy / May 25th, 2017

“Necessity creates opportunities in my life.”

Andrew Buerger was in his 40’s and stuck in a declining industry. He had to find something new.

While mountain climbing in Iceland, tried their traditional yogurt, Skyr. Even though he is lactose-intolerant, Andrew loved the yogurt and felt great after eating it.

He came back to Maryland to figure out how to turn this into a real business. In 2015, they became the fastest growing yogurt company in the U.S. And the yogurt sales spur Jodi’s Climb for Hope, which has  raised over $750,000 to funding promising research on breast cancer and MS at Baltimore’s John’s Hopkins University.

They are in over 3,000 stores and growing strong. Andrew and I had an enlightening conversation:

  • Transform limitations into opportunities
  • Making a career transition
  • What is Skyr?
  • How the product evolved to a yogurt smoothie
  • Turning a cause into a business
  • Aligning the “why” with the product and charity
  • Goals for 2020
  • Consultation with Barbara Corcoran
  • Andrew’s life mission
  • The opportunities available in Baltimore