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Wallaby Yogurt

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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Peter H says …

Great change, I'll be picking some up soon.

Julie says …

It's possible for a farm family to still make a good living without industrial farming methods. Cheers to this family for farming organically.

Charlotte says …

It's great to see companies committing to organic and realizing the benefits in efficiency and overall quality.

Erika says …

How can this not be a good thing?!

Sandy says …

I will try next time

Will says …

I appreciate their choice of organic over conventional processes for the sake of our family's health!

laura d says …

wallaby is one of my fav yogurts, and i love yogurt. my fav is the one with strawberry on the bottom! YUM!!

Suk says …

I think that it is great that they switched from conventional to organic processes. It is better for the environment overall and makes their yogurt taste great!

Reuben Lee says …

Great and wonderful progress. Love that yogurt!

Christine Theriot says …

The cows seem much happier, and the farm is able to run efficiently without the stress of low-cost demand. How inspiring! I hope more people take this initiative.

Beth says …

Organic is best for wallabies and people! I hope more companies follow their example.

Chyna says …

I've never tried their yogurt but after watching this I want to support their efforts =)

Deb says …

Great yogurt, very creamy, great flavor choices. The fruit flavors contain lots of real fruit! I seldom buy any other brand of yogurt. It's a plus that this yogurt is also organic.

Denese says …

Thank you Wallaby for choosing Organic family farmers !!! Congrats Beretta family for the switch from conventional to Organic. The difference between grass fed and grain is tremendous. With your animals not being pushed to produce they give much better milk are healthier & happier. This is definately a WIN-WIN for us all !!!! Many thanks to you & much success !!!

Camille says …

Thank you for sharing your story and your process. You are being such a good steward of the earth by going organic and supporting family owned and operated farms. Thank you for caring and going to the next step. Very uplifting to see today.

Lynnie A says …

Hooray for you guys & with your business which is not to make much money but to treat your customers/consumers right. I will definitely patronize your product.

Amy says …

Sounds awesome!

Shelly says …

anything that's better for the animals is far better for everyone

Heather Ferguson says …

I appreciate the efforts that they are putting forth to create a better product!

Brittany W says …

So glad the switch to organic was made. Better for us, the animals, and the planet! Thank you, thank you!

Lisa says …

I love the banana-vanilla and the black cherry!!!! Keep dairy farms alive!!!!

Mike says …

It's a great idea. Grass fed cows make better meat & milk. I can only imagine the yogurt is that much better.

Carrie T says …

What better marriage than that of Beretta farms and Wallaby yogurt? Match made in heaven.

Irit says …

Great products

Jim says …

Great product. I eat the yogurt everyday

Anita Tse says …

I really like the fact that Beretta Family Dairy made the switch from conventional to organic processes, it is going back to nature, treating the animal well, which in turn is creating a product which treat us well! Wallaby Yogurt!

Lynn says …

I like that they support local family farms, not the huge anonymous farm factories. And the fact that efficiency went up after the changes is great!

Lauren Lanni says …

I love to encourage people to buy organic products from farms like this - congrats on the change!

karen S says …

They are proud of what they create and how they create it.

Jill Raike says …

Wallaby Yogurt is our family's favorite yogurt by far - the flavor, texture and variety is outstanding. I feel great choosing it knowing the commitment they've made to organic ingredients sourced by family farms like the Berettas. Kudos to the Beretta Family who are farming for all the right reasons & are getting the recognition they deserve for the changes they have made. Much continued success to the Beretta Family & Wallaby. We'll do our part to support you! By the way, our kids love your new Joey line.

Christine says …

The Beretta family talks about treating people right. It seems to me that they are treating their cows right, also. Way to go, Beretta family!

Karen C. says …

Kudos to Beretta for making the switch to organic dairy farming. That is a tough choice, to make the change and not focus entirely on the dollar signs, but rather what is right for the cows, the environment and the consumers.

j0d33 says …

I think it really shows a love for the animals and the product they create. I like that the heifers give what milk they can and are not stressed or improperly fed to accomplish an output that would be unhealthy & unnatural for the animal.

Chanda Mundil says …

We LOVE this yogurt! We have it as a healthy dessert almost every night! We add fresh strawberries and blueberries and pretend they are ice cream parfaits...yum!!!

Rene says …

It's an inspiration to read the Beretta story! Peaceful cows, allowed to graze as nature intended, provide healthy milk without the stress hormones of assembly line cows and everyone benefits. Bravo to the caring Barettas and to Wallaby for uniting to create a very delicious organic yogurt.

Rick says …

It's amazing to hear that when they went organic, their cows became more efficient. I guess it's true -- happy cows produce more milk. :-)

Elissa says …

I've been enjoying Wallaby yogurt for about 4 years now. I love the texture and the unique flavors they offer. It's great that they support family farms. I applaud Beretta Family Organic Dairy for making the switch to improve milk quality while also giving their pasture-raised cows a better quality of life.

angela says …

I love the balance by which the Beretta family produces feed on their land for their cows: THis full-circle thinking is most appealing!

Stephanie Dulmage says …

Great yogurt. It's so good to know there are company's that have a clear vision and mission that they honor and the committment to doing what's right.

Phoenix says …

It's a fantastic change, & will make me much more likely to consider this brand.

stephanie brennan says …

Great Wallaby Yogurt!!!

V. Czapla says …

Wallaby is by far my favorite yogurt. Knowing their story in using organic farmers will increase my support in purchasing their products.

Jenn Merritt says …

I think their decision is not only better for the health of those consuming their products, but better for the animals and the environment.

Wendy Nissen says …

Yeh - for another business trying to keep us healthy and they're still able to make a profit.

Nate Baustad says …

That was the best decision a company could make.

deborah green says …

I felt very good after about the berretta farm after viewing their video. They are treating their animals in a way that is humane and natural. I applaud their commitment to organic production and would definitely try wallaby yogurt.

Monica says …

Going organic is awesome! Thank you for doing what you do and providing us with good wholesome food free of toxins and harmful ingredients!

Maria S. says …

Isn't that the way it should be?! Thank you for having the courage to do this.

Donna says …

Fabulous! Thank you for making the cows happy and passing that mindfulness on!

Cathleen Woodward says …

Love Wallaby yogurt! I am so happy that more and more companies are committing to this change! Keep up the good and yummy work!

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