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Jan 28, 2014

Introducing Organic Whole Milk Blended Greek Yogurt

Authentic Strained Whole Milk Blended Yogurt

Introducing Organic Whole Milk Blended Greek Yogurt

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Napa Valley, California (January 28, 2014) – Wallaby Yogurt Company, a family-owned producer of organic yogurt, announces the launch of a new variety of organic Greek yogurt. After enjoying enormous success with the introduction of its Greek lowfat and nonfat yogurt lines in 2012 and 2013, respectively, Wallaby expands its Greek yogurt offerings to include a whole milk variety in 2014.

"With each round of taste tests in the development of our whole milk blended Greek products, it became clear that this was the direction we were meant to go," said Kathy Housman, National Sales Manager for Wallaby Yogurt Company. "With the Whole Milk Greek yogurts, tasters were scraping the bottom of the cups and asking how soon these could be available in stores. For this new line, we blend premium fruit into super creamy Whole Milk Greek yogurt. The result is hands down delicious."

Dec 09, 2013

Deliciously Simple Recipes

Using Wallaby Organic Kefir

Deliciously Simple Recipes

We are gradually uncovering the mysteries behind the delicious beverage we call Kefir, answering your questions about its taste, health benefits, and history. Today, we'll show you some simple recipes to help make kefir a part of your family's daily meals!vanilla-cream-protein-shake-c

Is Kefir only a drink? What else can I make with Kefir?

Wallaby Organic Lowfat Kefir lends itself quite easily to smoothie recipes. Below is one of our favorite blogger's recent posts that include Kefir-based Smoothie recipes. 

Vanilla Cream Protein Shake

Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl

Do you have a shake or smoothie recipe you would like to share? Please post on Facebook and Twitter.

Don't limit your culinary concoctions to smoothies though! Wallaby Lowfat Kefir can be a wonderful addition to baked goods recipes, and substitutes well for portions of sour cream, buttermilk, or almost any other dairy-based liquid. We recommend that you begin by replacing ½ of the recipe's requirements for one of these products. For example, if your recipe calls for 2/3 cup of buttermilk, reduce that amount to 1/3 cup, and then add 1/3 cup of Plain Lowfat Kefir. With more experimenting, you can make further adjustments.

Recently, we tried Kefir Waffles - a tasty breakfast treat!

Kefir is a healthy drink for kids, teens, adults and seniors, with plenty of calcium (25% DRI per 1 cup serving) and 12 Live and Active Cultures to keep your digestive system in check. Our new Wallaby Organic Kefir, available in plain, vanilla, strawberry, and blueberry, is flying off the shelves. Get your bottle today, and be sure to let us know what you think!

Photo Copyright 2013 PeanutButterandPeppers.com 

Dec 03, 2013

The History of Kefir

The Story Behind This Delectable Beverage

The History of Kefir

We are gradually uncovering the mysteries behind the delicious beverage we call Kefir, answering your questions about its taste, health benefits, and use in recipes.  Today, we'll take a look at the history of Kefir.

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Where did the name Kefir come from?

Kefir has been consumed for more than 2000 years. It originated in Europe, supposedly in the Caucasus Mountains. People there drank it for health and longevity, and many lived past 100 years. The name means "long life" or "good life" and is purported to have come from the Turkish word "Keif", which means "good feeling." Yes, we agree – the delicious taste and health benefits of our Wallaby Organic Lowfat Kefir make us feel great from the inside out! And, you can feel even better knowing that, as with all of our Wallaby products, our Kefir is USDA certified organic, gluten-free, and made with milk from local farms.

Why haven't I heard of Kefir before?

Wallaby Yogurt Company strives to create products that our consumers desire, sometimes fulfilling a need they did not even know they had! Today, kefir is widely consumed throughout Eastern and Central Europe, where the drink is associated with improving one's general health and well-being. It can be enjoyed by anyone, from age 2 to 102. While kefir has been around for years, it has just recently been gaining popularity in the U.S. Whether you tried kefir years ago, drink it regularly, or have never even heard of it, we believe our Wallaby Lowfat Organic Kefir is definitely worth a try!

Kefir is a healthy drink for kids, teens, adults and seniors, with plenty of calcium (25% DRI per 1 cup serving) and 12 Live and Active Cultures to keep your digestive system in check. Our new Wallaby Organic Kefir, available in plain, vanilla, strawberry, and blueberry, is flying off the shelves. Get your bottle today, and be sure to let us know what you think on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo Copyright 2013 PeanutButterandPeppers.com

Nov 26, 2013

All About Kefir

What it is and why you should be drinking it

All About Kefir

We recently launched our new Wallaby Organic Lowfat Kefir, and it has been flying off the shelves! Don't know what Kefir is?  You're not alone! Our next few blogs will uncover the mysteries behind this delicious beverage as we answer your questions about its taste, health benefits, and use in recipes.

Is Kefir like yogurt in a bottle?

Well, yes and no. Kefir is a probiotic milk beverage (yup, you can drink it!) that contains a variety of live and active cultures. As with all Wallaby products, our Organic Lowfat Kefir is made with organic milk from local, pasture-based family farms, and has the signature mild, creamy taste that our consumers love. It has received rave reviews from many of our fans, and non-yogurt eaters are enjoying our Kefir too! They favor its unique flavor and ease of transport and enjoyment – with a spoon or without!

Kefir is a healthy drink for kids, teens, adults and seniors, with plenty of calcium (25% DRI per 1 cup serving) and 12 Live and Active Cultures to keep your digestive system in check. Our new Wallaby Organic Kefir, available in plain, vanilla, strawberry, and blueberry, is flying off the shelves. Get your bottle today, and be sure to let us know what you think on Facebook and Twitter.

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Nov 07, 2013

Producer Spotlight - Mello Dairy

Meet the Mellos

Producer Spotlight - Mello Dairy

As the senior of Wallaby Yogurt Company's two Mello family producers, Vicki and Albert Mello are well-accustomed to twice-daily milkings and the hard work that goes into running a dairy on a year-round basis. The hardest part, Vicki notes, is the fact that the couple can rarely vacation together, as they are both intricately involved in the daily operation of the ranch.

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When they can get a break, both Vicki and Albert love the outdoors - swimming, hunting, and fishing. The two share a passion for 70's music, but differ in their preferences when it comes to meals. Vicki likes pizza and cheesecake while Albert enjoys steak and any type of berry pie. It is no surprise that this difference in taste extends into their choice of Wallaby Yogurts, with Vicki selecting Greek Nonfat with Raspberry and Albert choosing the Strawberry or Blueberry Australian-style blended cups.

The Mellos' first priority is always their family, with holiday meals or any kind of family get-togethers at the top of their lists of favorite activities. Beyond their children and grandchildren, Vicki and Albert take great pride in owning their own ranch and in the organic farming practices they have established. Uniting these passions together, they have passed this tradition on to their son, Mike, who now owns his own dairy. Read more about him in a subsequent blog, as another Wallaby Yogurt Company producer.

Oct 31, 2013

Producer Spotlight - Moreda Valley Dairy

Meet the Moredas

Producer Spotlight - Moreda Valley Dairy

Dairy farming was brand new to Deborah Moreda when she first met her husband, Donny. Donny Moreda, on the other hand, was highly familiar with dairy farming, having grown up helping on the ranch founded by his great-grandfather nearly a century ago. Today, Don's family still owns and operates that ranch, while Don and Deborah have started their own.

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When we caught up with, Deborah and Donny Moreda admitted they were both about ready for a nap. After having kept up with the daily rigors of maintaining an organic dairy for nearly seven years, feeling a little sleep deprived is the norm for these two. Deborah relies on Wallaby Australian-Style Raspberry Yogurt to power her through the day, often using it in smoothies or topping it with cottage cheese for a protein-packed snack. When they are not milking the herd or tending to the ranch, the Moredas enjoy staying active, with Deborah favoring dancing and Donny enjoying a softball game here and there.

It's no wonder she is a dairy farmer, as Deborah's other favorite treats include dairy as well – ice cream and pizza. She also loves preparing big holiday meals for the family. In fact, her family members, particularly her three kids, are her most prized possessions. Most recently, one of the three children has opened a ranch of his own. Stay tuned for more on Travis Moreda and his dairy farm in an upcoming blog.

Oct 24, 2013

Producer Spotlight - Beretta Dairy

Meet the Berettas

Producer Spotlight - Beretta Dairy

The Beretta Family has practiced responsible farming long before Wallaby Yogurt Company sought their milk. Today, Doug Beretta leads this pasture-based fourth-generation dairy farm with the help of his wife, Sharon, and their kids: Jennifer, Susan, and Ryan. Their eldest daughter, Lisa, doesn't help with the day to day operation, but her 2 year old son, Brayden, loves helping with feeding and washing. Farming is truly a way of life for the entire family. The kids have participated in 4-H and FFA (Future Farmers of America) for years, and now take ownership of specific tasks on a daily basis.

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When they are not feeding, milking, and maintaining the ranch, the family often gathers to watch TV shows like Malibu Country and The Voice. It's no surprise that a love of country music, particularly songs from Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, is also shared amongst the siblings and their parents. Differences arise, though, when it comes to the family members' favorite Wallaby yogurts. Doug enjoys both the blended and the Greek varieties in Strawberry, while his kids each have a specific pick, ranging from blended Maple to Key Lime to Greek Nonfat Raspberry. All are very proud, however, of the fact that their cows' have contributed to each tasty spoonful of Wallaby, no matter what flavor!

Other tasty treats enjoyed by the family include Sharon's blackberry pie, often accompanied by big scoops of Vanilla ice cream – something Doug claims he cannot live without. It's no surprise that a big necessity on the farm is coffee, as a source of energy for all those early mornings and long days! Fortunately, like most of our producers, Doug and his family love their work, and plan to continue to provide certified organic milk to Wallaby Yogurt Company for years to come.

Oct 17, 2013

Producer Spotlight - Morrison Brothers Dairy

Meet the Morrison Brothers

Producer Spotlight - Morrison Brothers Dairy

How many dairy farmers are also SCUBA divers? Well, we know at least one! Larry Morrison has been diving for about 10 years, mostly off the coast of Northern California, which enables him to stay close to his work. As one half of the duo leading Morrison Brothers Dairy, Larry is still very involved in the day-to-day operations of the farm. Between daily feedings, breeding, caring for calves, and managing the tedious tasks that come with running the business, it's hard to believe Larry has time for life away from the dairy.

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Larry has been fortunate enough to find himself with the opportunity to travel to New Zealand a few times. He thinks the landscape is some of the most majestic he has ever witnessed and the diving opportunities are endless. If he ever finds the time, he'd love to get back.

Beyond his adventures underwater, he also enjoys hiking, hunting, team roping, and riding one of his nine horses. Every now and then, he finds the time to relax indoors, usually to watch a football game on TV. Indoors or out, Larry likes Wallaby Yogurt straight out of the cup. His favorite flavor is Greek Nonfat with Raspberries. He likes to eat it with a little fruit in each bite.

Oct 10, 2013

Producer Spotlight - Bianchi Dairy

Meet the Bianchi Family

Producer Spotlight - Bianchi Dairy

Susan Bianchi could not help but profess her love for dairy life, "The dirt, the dust, the flies - I love it all!" She was raised on a dairy and has enjoyed leading the same lifestyle since she and her husband, George, founded Bianchi Dairy years ago. While her son, Bill, has taken over much of the daily operation, the couple is still very involved with its happenings. On a recent visit, Susan gave us a tour of the grounds, introducing us to the 'ladies' of the house. Meanwhile, George was helping with the cows, who were almost finished with their milking. Admittedly, Susan is happy to no longer be involved in the milking duties, especially the 1 am shift. However, she hasn't given up ownership completely - she's always sure to inspect the property on her daily hikes, and can often be found giving the calves extra love and attention.

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Outside of her life on the farm, Susan enjoys golfing and her time with family. Around her house, any holiday is a great excuse for everyone to gather. Family gatherings can easily grow upwards of 40 people, but Susan loves the company.

Susan's favorite flavor of Wallaby Yogurt is hard to narrow down. She has become a fan of the new Greek Nonfat with Raspberry, but often returns to almost any of the Lowfat Australian-style blended flavors, particularly favoring anything citrus.

Oct 03, 2013

Producer Spotlight - Travis Moreda Dairy

Meet Travis Moreda

Producer Spotlight - Travis Moreda Dairy

Meet Travis Moreda. Travis is the youngest and newest addition to the Wallaby Yogurt Company producer family, although he isn't new to the dairy business. Growing up on his parents' dairy farm gave him plenty of insight into the demands and rewards of organic farming. Thus far, he thrives on managing his own dairy, telling us that his work, along with his family and friends, are the three things he could not live without. Wallaby's creamy Australian-Style Blueberry yogurt might be number 4 on the list.

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When Travis isn't working, he is rarely kicking back. His leisure activities include hunting, fishing, golfing, and abalone diving. While dirt biking was once his all-time favorite, Travis's maturity into a proud business owner has encouraged him to limit these dangerous excursions. He fears for how an injury could drastically change his life and limit his ability to care for his most prized possession – his dairy. He looks forward to many more years as a dairy farmer and a proud Wallaby producer.

Sep 24, 2013

Producer Spotlight - Valley View Dairy

Meet The Camozzi Family

Producer Spotlight - Valley View Dairy

After raising three girls, Eugene and Chris Camozzi are not intimidated by the task of managing more than 400 cattle on 1600 acres.  At their Valley View Dairy in Sonoma County, they acknowledge that the dairy lifestyle is tough and not for everyone.  It was in their blood, though, as both of their grandfathers emigrated from Italy, starting farms in Northern California at the turn of the century. The tradition has continued with Eugene and Chris, who enlisted their three daughters’ help on the ranch throughout their childhoods.

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These days, the girls are grown and have finished or are just finishing their college educations, leaving Eugene to manage the dairy.  Fortunately, working the ranch is a pleasure for him, as he embraces both its challenges and its rewards.  Together with the help of his five employees, Eugene keeps his operation running smoothly and looking pristine at all times..

After a long day on the farm, Eugene can usually be found indulging in chocolate, such as our Wallaby Down Under Dark Chocolate yogurt.  Other favorites include a good coffee and a delicious risotto.  Most of all, Eugene enjoys spending time with his wife Chris, and making the most of time together with his family.

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Sep 17, 2013

Producer Spotlight - Mello Farms

Meet the Mellos

Producer Spotlight - Mello Farms

Mike Mello grew up on his parents' dairy farm, and dreamed of replicating the same organic farming practices on his own farm. In 2009, that dream became reality and he now owns and operates a 210-acre farm near his parents' original Mello Dairy. Mike appreciates having his parents nearby, as they are always willing to help him out on his farm, or provide business advice when needed. It seems they are more than happy to trade favors for time with Hannah, his first child, who is just over a year old.

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Life on the dairy, particularly with twice-daily milkings, keeps Mike busy. Most of his free time is spent with his wife, Trisha, and daughter, Hannah. Free time will soon become even less known with the quickly approaching arrival of their second daughter in November 2013. His TV viewing is usually limited to Disney shows, but he sneaks in some History channel every now and then, and even gets out hunting from time to time. Mike and Trisha also love taking quick trips to Tahoe or Clearlake when they get the chance, but, like his parents, he values time spent with family, and truly enjoys his work.

When it comes to Wallaby Yogurt, Mike shares his mother Vicki's taste for Greek varieties, with his recent favorite being the Nonfat Mixed Berry. He also enjoys Mexican food and has a sweet tooth - especially for ice cream. Mike enjoys his work on the farm and is proud to be following in his parents' footsteps, continuing their practice of responsible organic farming and producing milk for Wallaby Yogurt Company.

Sep 10, 2013

What makes Wallaby Yogurt so special?

Our milk producers are the key to our products

What makes Wallaby Yogurt so special?

While some might think it is our unique creaminess and mild flavor, to us it goes far beyond that. From the top-down, our employees make Wallaby Yogurt Company special. Our dedication to fair and ethical practices in how we do our work and how we treat one another has instilled a sense of pride in each Wallaby employee. This helps make us distinctive, but the special nature of our company and products begins even earlier in the process, with the main ingredient for every Wallaby Organic product: milk.

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Our milk is not just any ordinary milk; it is organic milk sourced locally, from eight family-owned farms. These eight farms have happy California cows that get to enjoy the mild weather of Marin and Sonoma County, less than 50 miles from our facility in American Canyon, CA. Spending the majority of their time out in the pasture, and supplemented with organic grains as needed, these cows get a comfortable life of exercise and relaxation, while getting the care and attention they need to grow and thrive as milk producers.

This lifestyle and the high quality milk produced would not be possible without the hard-working people behind our eight milk-supplying dairies. These men and women work long hours, often enduring nature's elements to ensure proper care of their cows and the milk they produce. With herds of 100-400 cows, milking twice a day is just the start of their daily chores. This series will give you a peek into all that goes into keeping a dairy farm running, as we introduce you to the people behind the scenes, and the source of our most important ingredient.

Jul 24, 2013

Wallaby Yogurt Company Introduces Organic Lowfat Kefir

Wallaby Organic Kefir boasts 12 Live and Active Kefir Cultures

Wallaby Yogurt Company Introduces Organic Lowfat Kefir

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Napa Valley, California (July 23, 2013) – Wallaby Yogurt Company, a family-owned producer of organic yogurt, announces the launch of its first line of Organic Lowfat Kefir. As a leader in the organic yogurt market with its array of high-quality products, Wallaby Yogurt is excited to expand its offerings into the kefir category.

"We are thrilled to introduce our new line of Wallaby Organic Lowfat Kefir and to share it with consumers across the country," said Ellie Wells, Director of Marketing at Wallaby Yogurt Company. "People are drawn to kefir for its health benefits but can find other brands to be an acquired taste, not immediately appealing. That's why we focused on making ours a great tasting product, a treat for the palate, like a light smoothie. The bonus is that Wallaby's Organic Lowfat Kefir features twelve different strains of live and active kefir cultures, premium fruit, and organic milk from pasture-based family farms."

Kefir is a probiotic milk beverage that contains a variety of live and active cultures, and has long been associated with different health benefits. What was once a niche market in the United States, kefir has been growing in popularity as consumers become more aware of this cultured milk beverage.

Wallaby Organic Lowfat Kefir provides consumers with a smooth, creamy, and satisfying beverage that is great on its own, and can also be used in smoothies and recipes. Wallaby Organic Kefir is made using fresh organic milk from local pasture-based family farms and premium blended organic fruit. The remarkably creamy and mild taste of Wallaby Organic Lowfat Kefir is sure to attract both new and existing kefir consumers. Wallaby Organic Lowfat Kefir comes in four different flavors, all in 32oz bottles. Flavors include Blueberry, Strawberry, Vanilla, and a traditional Plain, which contains two wonderfully pure and simple ingredients: premium organic milk and a blend of 12 traditional live and active kefir cultures. The entire product line is now available nationwide in Whole Foods Market, with a suggested retail price of $4.29.

About Wallaby Yogurt Company

Wallaby Yogurt Company is a family-owned business that has been producing organic yogurt in Napa Valley, California since 2001. The company was born out of an adventure that began Down Under. It was during a trip to Australia that Wallaby's founders chanced across a deliciously distinctive yogurt. Convinced that Americans would love Australian-style yogurt as much as they did, they set off on a mission with one simple goal: to produce the best tasting yogurt in America. To learn more about Wallaby Yogurt Company, please visit www.WallabyYogurt.com.

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Feb 20, 2013

Wallaby Yogurt Company Launches Organic Greek Nonfat Yogurt

Authentic Strained Nonfat Yogurt

Wallaby Yogurt Company Launches Organic Greek Nonfat Yogurt

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Napa Valley, California (February 26, 2013) – Wallaby Yogurt Company, a family-owned producer of organic yogurt, announces the launch of Wallaby Organic Greek Nonfat Yogurt. After its wildly successful introduction of Greek lowfat yogurts in 2012, Wallaby expands its Greek yogurt offerings to include a nonfat variety.

"When we launched our first line of Greek yogurts last year, we had no idea how popular it was going to be," said Kathy Housman, national sales manager for Wallaby. "Even though there were already a lot of competitors in the category, there weren't any offering a Greek yogurt that was organic and had the unique creaminess that Wallaby is known for. This became even more apparent after we launched and our sales went through the roof in the first quarter."

Having perfected its Greek yogurt recipe, Wallaby now plans to capture an even larger share of the Greek yogurt market with its new line of Organic Greek Nonfat Yogurt. According to Housman, nonfat yogurts represent the largest segment of competitors' Greek yogurt sales in the Natural Channel. Targeting the nonfat segment was the natural next step for Wallaby.

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