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In 2004, Siggi Hilmarsson spent a homesick holiday season in New York City, miles away from his family in Iceland. To have a little taste of home, he decided to teach himself to make skyr, the traditional Icelandic cultured yogurt he enjoyed as a child. Within just a few months, Siggi refined his technique, quit his corporate day job and moved his humble skyr-making operation from his home kitchen to a full-scale dairy plant in upstate New York.

True to tradition, Siggi’s skyr does not have any artificial preservatives, thickeners, sweeteners, flavors or colors. Flavored varieties are made with real fruit or real vanilla bean, and sweetened with just a touch of organic agave nectar.

It has about half the amount of sugar found in many other styles of yogurt. “What drives us is a mission to educate people, and we take a hard stance against the high ratio of added sugar in food, especially yogurt,” Siggi says. This delightfully creamy, distinctive skyr is made with milk from grass-fed local cows and also comes in a cup that uses 40–50% less plastic than typical yogurt cups — instead, the sides of the container are supported by a recyclable cardboard sleeve.

Siggi also came up with a clever way to recycle whey, the water strained away to make the yogurt so thick and the main byproduct of making skyr. Most of it is donated to local farmers who use it as feed for their pigs, who really love it!

Check out our audio slideshow to learn more:

Have you tried skyr yet? If you’ve tried Siggi’s, tell us what you love about it and how you like to enjoy it!

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Steve Anderson says …

Would love to try this. I live on the upper west side in NYC, where can I buy this yogurt?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@STEVE - We recently opened a store on the UWS so it's best to check with them directly at 212.222.6160 to see if they have this in stock. If not, you can find other retailer info on Siggi's website at http://siggisdairy.com/.

Lori says …

I am learning to eat better and it is so hard when you don't live near all the wonderful communities that offer whole foods and fresh markets ect....but I drive to those places and buy better qaulity foods. I am going to start seeking out local coops. I will try this yogurt in a few days when I go. I like his passion statement and will try it out!

Beth Gregory says …

what other grocery store chains do you have your product in?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@BETH - You can find a store locator on their website at http://siggisdairy.com/store-locator/.

marian says …

Finally a yogurt that's not cloyingly sweet! Tried a few flavors, each one delightful.

Martin Wills says …

My local Whole Foods, at Yonge & Sheppard in Toronto, doesn't carry it. Can we get them to?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MARTIN - Our buying is done at the local/regional level so definitely let the store know you're interested in them carrying this!

Ted White says …

I like your yogurt very much but I'm concerned that the plastic cup doesn't show the recycle triangle symbol with appropriate number. Sad to say I didn't even question the idea until the above was brought to my attention. Now I have to go back to questioning everything again? I'm getting old. Thought I could spot the good stuff.

Tom Moore says …

Siggi's is delicious!

Michelle A Proctor says …

i just want to take the time to thank you ! For you taken the time to make a healthy yogurt ! We do need fats healthy ones ! And I have pigs just two . But I would love to get whey ! I live up state NY !

SusieD says …

I love Siggis plain nonfat yogurt and I wish it was on sale more often, It is so awesome. I add cinnamon and vanilla extract and stevia, and it tastes like a dessert. It's expensive, but it is one of the best yogurts I have had. I hope Whole Foods NEVER stops carrying this, and PLEASE put this on sale often. It is delicious.!

Kim says …

I adore siggi's! But alas... Whole foods by me stopped selling the ginger spice and I don't know what to do! Please bring it back!

Sue says …

I have recently found the Siggi plain 4% yogurt in a whole foods in FL. It's is amazing. Super thick and does not require any sugar. I add a few fresh raspberries or blueberries and I'm good. I have struggled to find a good plain yogurt. I think it's the added cream that makes it so good! Thank you Siggi!

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