My post today contains content brought to you by The Dannon Company, Inc. The opinions expressed in my blog are my own. For more information on Dannon’smove toward sustainable agriculture, naturality, and transparency, visit www.dannonpledge.com
When I head out to the grocery store, I don’t just toss things absent-mindedly into my shopping cart. My consideration of products happens long before I head to the store because my children are my first consideration as everything they put into their mouth will affect them later in life.
Products that I seek come from brands that ask consumers questions about product purchases and then wield change around the products to meet consumer demand when those changes make ‘sense’. Today’s story will provide you 6 ways the yogurt you consume can be more natural so you can lavishly live food out loud and fill those shopping carts, naturally! Don’t just toss a yogurt into your cart get to know your yogurt before you do! From farm to cup know your yogurt.
What Food Brand Listened?
As a self-proclaimed foodie, with many published recipes, I can tell you that our world is in true transition. Consumers are seeking out products offering Non-GMO ingredients, natural ingredients, Non-GMO fed animals, proper animal welfare in the production of food and realistic revitalization of farm to table relationships where the farmer is the center force of creation.
Those quick grabs we all purchase in the dairy section known as yogurt products, fill our carts, our refrigerators and our bodies with the ability to eat on-the-go or fast, but they need to meet some standards, or so we all have spoken.
You Spoke and Dannon Listened
Dannon’s pledge to increase naturality in their yogurt products (more natural, non-GMO ingredients and whole milk), sustainable agriculture, and label transparency in response to their customer’s requests. Read the Dannon Pledge.
As A Consumer
As a consumer, I want brands to listen, I want them to take accountability for ingredients that they place into the food because we, in turn, are placing that in our bodies and our children’s bodies. I want great products, at fair prices with a brand that takes into account the sustainability of the product, the land, the farms and the animals from which products are produced and DANNON listened.
My family consumes yogurt for a multitude of reasons, and eating yogurt daily is associated with a healthier lifestyle. Did you know that the good cultures (or bacteria) in yogurt also helps balance your gut bacteria?
Since I create a lot of recipes in my home, I also find yogurt very useful because it can be used as a great swap or addition to everyday foods and instead of oil in my baking!
Farm To Cup Know Your Yogurt
Let me share with you the ground-breaking practices that will change how your yogurt from Dannon and their flagship brands: Oikos, Danimals, and Dannon.
#1 Non-GMO Ingredients
I love that Dannon is reformulating and using more non-GMO ingredients. Using cows fed Non-GMO Feed is a huge win if you are asking my opinion. Dannon has pledged to start feeding their dairy cows Non-GMO feed by the end of 2017. Dannon is working closely with the dairy farmers and feed suppliers to plan Non-GMO grains in their fields, harvesting them, and then feeding the cows . With all of this in place Dannon will now become the ONLY conventional dairy company in the US feeding Non-GMO feed to the cows.
#2 Natural Ingredients
Dannon is reformulating their flagship brands: Oikos, Danimals, and Dannon. To all of you, the consumers, this translates like this: the products will be made with natural ingredients, no synthetic additives, preservatives or artificial food dyes.
These are huge wins for parents are they are the requests we all have made, and we seek when shopping, making food purchasing easier. You won’t have to stop and read and think, you will just have to look for the Dannon brand and their flagship brands and then put the in your cart. Why bother weeding through tons of products when you know which one is the one your family needs, right?
#3 Non-GMO Feed
As my children grow, I read more and more about how the feed can affect the product, then the product can affect your body. Learning that the cows that produce the dairy that in turn creates the brands for Dannon (flagship and Dannon itself) excite me. This means that the cows will be fed Non-GMO Feed which translates to cleaner eating if you get the Dannon brand!
#4 Whole Milk Yogurt
It’s exciting to find 11 different flavors that are created from whole milk in the Dannon Yogurt line because there is something for everyone in each family. The yogurt is actually made with Whole Milk, all natural ingredients and Vitamin D. The ingredients in this Whole Milk Yogurt are Non-GMO and the price is generally about $0.55 per container, making it the perfect snacking option or ingredient substitute.
A quick overview of flavors in case you want to know what we use: Strawberry, Blueberry, Strawberry Banana, Vanilla, Mixed Berry, Raspberry, Cherry, Orange Cream, Key Lime, Strawberry Kiwi.
Farm To Cup
Overall, you might have figured out this is more about a Farm to Cup story that will change the way you eat yogurt. Pledged naturality and creation of a yogurt with fewer, non-synthetic, more natural and Non-GMO ingredients, as well as milk from cows fed Non-GMO feed leads to the pledge of sustainable agriculture.
Working directly with the Farmers that Dannon knows solidifies improved soil health, water usage, biodiversity and animal welfare, all that result in a good looking label presence of Non-GMO’s regardless of government regulations. What do you have with all of this combined? A strong Farm to Cup stories that provides a delicious cup of yogurt. The story matters of how the production begins and how it ends, so this story of farm to cup know your yogurt should help you become a more savvy shopper.
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