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Wallaby Yogurt

By Marc Hamel and Ha Lam, August 25, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Marc Hamel and Ha Lam
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER MARY FROM MADISON, WI. THANKS FOR ALL THE COMMENTS! We love our producers, suppliers and vendors and we think most of them have some pretty interesting stories behind their products too. We’ll be sharing some of our favorites here in an ongoing series. Read on for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Doug Beretta is a family man. He’s one of four generations in Beretta Family Organic Dairy, a supplier of organic milk for Wallaby Yogurt. The dairy is based on a ranch that was bought in 1948 by Beretta’s grandfather, where the pasture-raised cows graze today. According to Beretta, the advantages of pasture-raising their cows are many. “You’re able to utilize your own land for feed. Organic feed costs are starting to get very expensive so we’re able to use our land to produce as much of the feed as we can.” In addition to the nutritional value of feeding cows on the pasture, “being on grass instead of concrete is a lot easier on the feet and legs of cows,” says Beretta. Wallaby’s founders were looking for family farms and pasture-based dairies with this type of commitment to their cows and their milk, so partnering with Beretta Family Organics made perfect sense. What do you think about the changes that Beretta Family Organic Dairy made when they switched from conventional to organic processes? Watch the slideshow above and leave a comment with your answer by September 9th. One comment will be chosen at random to win a $50 gift card to our stores. Click here to check out Wallaby’s products or visit our stores to taste them for yourself. We carry their full line of organic yogurt as well as their outstanding sour cream!
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helenlam says ...
I definitely applaud them for making this change. It's not easy to undertake but it is better for the animals.
08/25/2011 3:20:06 PM CDT
Gary Rhine says ...
Love yogurt but never tried this one.
08/25/2011 4:54:33 PM CDT
Chrissy says ...
It's awesome that the efficiency went up after they went organic. And good for Wallaby for looking for family farms. I love Wallaby yogurt and their unique flavors (like the grapefruit or maple) - just had some today!
08/25/2011 6:27:41 PM CDT
Dee says ...
Wallaby is the best--and bravo for the important work this dairy farm is doing.
08/25/2011 6:44:12 PM CDT
Diane says ...
I'm very pleased they have chosen to go organic and also think it makes for a better quality of life for the cows who will in turn produce better milk because of these ideal conditions. It is a win-win for the farmer, the animals, and the consumers purchasing their products. Glad to see farmers with a conscious.
08/25/2011 7:30:48 PM CDT
Toddesha says ...
Love The Yogurt. Its so tasty!!! If it were a woman, I would marry her!!
08/25/2011 9:22:45 PM CDT
Karen says ...
Thankful for companies like Wallaby's and their commitment. I love their products.
08/25/2011 9:26:32 PM CDT
Troy Martin says ...
I applaude all the folks involved that choose quality over profit.
08/25/2011 9:34:23 PM CDT
Amy D. says ...
Agree with everyone else that both the Beretta Family and Wallaby company are fantastic for putting their beliefs into practice - highly ethical and sustainable - hooray! I always think dairy from happy cows tastes best! :)
08/26/2011 12:26:00 AM CDT
Janet says ...
Glad Beretta Family Organic Dairy made the switch to organic processes and partnered with Wallaby. Organic farming is not that lucrative but it is better for everyone . . . from the cows to the people eating the yogurt. Thanks Beretta for making the change and as Claudia said you become successful when you treat people right . . . Beretta Family, to you, much success!!
08/26/2011 6:39:45 AM CDT
Amy says ...
Love your products! Thank you for helping to keep us & your cows healthy and happy.
08/26/2011 7:27:17 AM CDT
sarah faith says ...
i think this is a great testament to the value of organic. my husband and i have the vanilla wallaby yogurt everyday for breakfast and watching this video just made me a little more happy that we support such a hard working and good valued company.
08/26/2011 8:52:42 AM CDT
Sandi C. says ...
We (4 of us in my family) ALL love this yogurt - keep up the great work!
08/26/2011 3:25:54 PM CDT
Ryan C. says ...
This is a great decision these people made! Organic is the way to go. Better for the animals, better for us. I really would like to try Wallaby yogurt!!
08/27/2011 10:45:19 PM CDT
RJ Aruba says ...
Great story, I am in the store now and will get it a shot!
08/30/2011 1:30:22 PM CDT
Tanvi says ...
I love that the cows' feeding became more efficient after the dairy switched to organic processes. People often think that organic farming has to be more expensive, but here, the Beretta family seems to be considering a more sustainable option for feeding cows by growing the feed themselves.
08/30/2011 8:44:10 PM CDT
Erin says ...
As a prior vegan, I was thrilled to know that the welfare of the animals(having greater access to pasture) was a concern for the Wallaby company.
08/31/2011 1:25:38 PM CDT
john says ...
Its nice to read that people actually consider the comfort and health of the cows.
08/31/2011 1:50:58 PM CDT
maureen says ...
It's a very lovely yogurt and the chocolate is a dessert for me!
08/31/2011 1:58:12 PM CDT
Sonia says ...
Good for the Beretta family for choosing to go organic for the environment and consumer.
08/31/2011 3:22:58 PM CDT
Saroya says ...
I celebrate the fact that the Wallaby yoghurt took things back to basics and proved it cost effective. I tasted the dark chocolate flavor and I eat it all the time. I use the European styled sour cream for all my cooking needs. It really makes my food taste fresher, and they become something I am really proud to serve to my family.
08/31/2011 4:28:07 PM CDT
Jeanne says ...
Good to hear they've decided to go organic. Tried a few flavors a while ago and I loved them all!
08/31/2011 4:51:23 PM CDT
Stephanie says ...
I'm certainly glad they went organic - my family and I LOVE Wallaby yogurt! Their success as organic farmers also shows that the switch to organic is not only good for the farm in a business sense, but also the earth, the consumers, their animals - everyone involved!
08/31/2011 4:55:56 PM CDT
Amy Funicello says ...
I've loved their yogurt because of the taste and variety, but now I love them a little more for their commitment to the planet and to future generations.
08/31/2011 5:30:09 PM CDT
Laurie says ...
What an inspirational story. I love that they support family owned farms! The changes the Beretta family made are positive for everyone and their animals.!
08/31/2011 5:49:42 PM CDT

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