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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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Nancy says …

I love yogurt I can't wait to try this one. Thanks for making the change.

VIVI says …

Beretta Organic Dairy and Wallaby's yogurt perfect combination.Companies joining forces to provide good quality products. I love Wallaby's yogurt.

Suzanne Martin says …

It seems more logical to feed cows their food of choice, grass. Yes it does take a lot of land, but in the end it is worth it for the better quality of life for the cow and ultimately their meat.

Katy King says …

A perfect match -- a family-owned organic farm and a product producer who values ingredients over profits. Beretta and Wallaby -- the wave of the future for healthy foods, thus healthier Americans.

Amanda says …

Wallaby yogurt is even more delicious when I know the people and farming story behind the product!

Ana says …

Definitely a change that only brought benefits to both them and us as their yogurt is simply the best! We love wallaby here at our home, it is the only flavored yogurt we buy, my son is crazy for it! Ana

Lynn says …

More efficient and better for you - what more could you ask for?

steve liepe says …

it is great to see people changed generations old ideas and shunning concret farming ideas to to things the way they used to. when finding and appreciating safe food, you know you go where the green apple is... whole foods market. we are the food oasis in a desert of danger. steve

Lin Bryan says …

Can't wait to try Wallaby products after watching the video and seeing how the animals are treated.

Heather Sanchez says …

Awesome!

AuntieTootsie says …

Sounds great...I will be picking one up at Whole Food when I shop there today!

Julie Talbot says …

This is great for everyone involved, including the animals. Great work, Wallaby!

Matt Spewak says …

Wallaby Yogurt has the most delicious soothing smooth texture of any yogurt I've ever tried. The maple flavor served over Belgian waffles is better than ice cream. =D

Alyssa James says …

I'm always glad when a company makes a conscious decision to value the quality of life of the animals involved, not just the quality of the produce!

Laura says …

I recently happened upon Wallaby Organic Yogurt and fell in love with it! Thanks for sharing the behind the scenes about the process - from the founders of Wallaby to the Beretta Family owned cows...truly a perfect yogurt.

Catrin says …

This is the reason we choose Wallaby Yogurt. The taste is wonderful expecially the "Maple". Please continue to bring us products that use the organic process.

Stephanie says …

I applaud them for making the choice to do what is right against what is popular and cheaper. They are committed to a quality product using quality ingredients.

Terry Butcher says …

My daughter loves Wallaby yogurt. I drink kefir, but I don't think I've ever seen this from Wallaby. I would try it if I found it.

Trish says …

Love the product! Love the message! I am a proud fan of Wallaby Yogurt! <3 you guys!!

Jenny Anderson says …

It's great to keep things local, and keep things natural and healthy.

Mari says …

I'm a fan! I just admire the commitment to doing the 'right thing'. Now a days its so easy to do the fast, easty quick fix thing, I feel like wallaby yogurt is in it for the right reasons. What else can I say but, I love the product!!

Deanna says …

I love that they're going organic and taking the cows' well being into consideration.

Sigal says …

Wallaby yogurt is our favorite because of its full flavor and texture. We are worried about BPA in the yogurt containers. Other companies assure customers of the quality of their plastic containers, and we continue buying these yogurts, despite the fact that Wallaby is soooooooooooo much tastier.

rich s says …

I would rather spend more on food produced by companies like this than some mega producer. Spend more, eat less, eat better. Can't wait to try it.

Linda says …

I think it's great they switched to organic. It's the healthiest way to go. Since they don't want to give the consumer something they wouldn't want for their family it lets you know it's a great product.

Karen DiSanto says …

Plain & simple, going organic allows our body to function at its best. No longer needing to increase the amount of feed to the heifers and still getting the same amount of milk, that is the proof, organic is the way to go.

Kathryn Y says …

I'm amazed at how much care goes into this product!

Jan Adam says …

Everybody benefits here! The small farmers take pride in there farms and make a nice living producing a quality product that they are proud of and create jobs locally. The cows are treated humanly so they produce a better milk. And finally the customer should be grateful for a product that they can buy that is truly organic. We need to go back in time were people take more pride in what they produce and stop trying to make allot of money. Let's face it money can't buy you good health!

Alan Grimes says …

It's a good thing!

Linda says …

I'm all about going green!

kate scott says …

I appreciate the choice to work with local family farms. It is only by doing this that we will be able to sustainably support home-grown businesses.

Sanida Starr says …

I love Wallaby, my favorite is mixed berry with fruit on the bottom!

Lanie says …

I agree that more farms should switch to organic and sustainable methods for both the planet and consumers!

Scott G says …

I love the way the food industry is heading right now. Every supplier that goes organic is a step in the right direction. I only hope this isn't a fad that quickly fades away.

Carol Moskowitz says …

I was raised an Iowa farmer and I appreciate all the work this family is undertaking!!

Carolyn says …

I am heading to the store now and will pick up some Wallaby yogurt. I appreciate Wallaby seeking out reputable farmers to join their family. To the Beretta family, thanks for caring about your animals and us!

Heather H says …

I think it is great what the Beretta Family is doing, providing a viable, more sustainable alternative for those of us who think of eating as an ethical act. Plus, they are allowing cows to be cows by eating a diet that their stomachs are made for!

Danielle says …

So thankful for companies like this! Love the yogurt.

Rosa says …

I love Wallaby Yogurt. I think my favorite would be the Down Under Berries & cream. So Delicious! This video makes me want to have a farm of my own. It makes me so happy knowing that they've changed to organic processes. Could you imagine how different wallaby would taste if it wasn't organic? I don't even want to begin to think about it.

Mary says …

Now I know why Wallaby tastes so good and different from other yogurts. It's so much more creamy. I like the way they care about the animals such as not having the cows stand on concret. That can hurt their bones and joints and muscles. And seeing them out in the pastures even makes it look so natural and healthy.

Tiffany says …

Awesome choice! Makes me love Wallaby yogurt even more.

Lisa says …

I am on my way to Whole Foods, to purchase Wallaby Yogurt, I can't wait to try it. After watching FOOD,INC. the documentary, I can't believe how ignorant I have been as a consumer. I am supporting local farmers with my pocketbook from now on. Keep up the fantastic work! CHEERS!

Nancy Nevins says …

I like the wonderful, rich full flavor of your yogurt, and cottage cheese.

sharon says …

So glad they made the change; we love Wallaby yogurt!

Mike says …

Kudos to this farm for going organic and putting the health of people and the planet over profits....Well done!

Denise Morse says …

I think its great and you can taste the changes in the food

Susan says …

Commitment is key - sometimes that is what it takes to do what seems to not make business sense....their products are great. Thanks for the story.

Sandra K says …

I am so glad they went organic and have compassion for their cows. Wallaby yogurt is delicious!

Paula Hurley says …

Love your organic yogurt sprinkled with chopped walnuts....so good!

Lee Anne Burroughs says …

My girls and I love Wallaby yougert, especially the Key Lime. Wallaby is my oldest daughther's favorite brand of yogert!

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