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Where to Find WholeSoy (re-launch update)

on Thursday, 03 April 2014. Posted in Announcements

WholeSoy Soy Yogurts in (6oz) cup sizes are now available across the country! Updates on where to find WholeSoy! If you still can’t find it - here’s what to do…


We are a few weeks into our re-launch and WholeSoy Soy Yogurts are now available across the country! 
So many stores across the country have welcomed us back with open arms – and that's a direct result of you, our wonderful customers, showing stores how much you want WholeSoy back!


Where can you find WholeSoy?

search-retailersWholeSoy soy yogurts are continuing to make their way onto even more store shelves across the country (and in some cases then flying off the shelf).

Our preliminary list of retail stores that are carrying WholeSoy or will very soon:

Whole Foods Markets (Nationally)
Co-ops (Nationally)
Mother's Market (Southern California)
MOM's Organic Market (MD, PA, VA)
New Seasons Market (OR, WA)
PCC Natural Markets (WA)
Dierbergs Markets (MO)
H-E-B (TX)
Central Market - (TX)
Fairway - (NY, NJ, CT)
Jimbo's (Southern California) - just added!
Sprouts (CA, AZ, CO, NV, NM, OK, TX, UT, KS) - just added!
Bristol Farms (CA) - just added!
Lassen's Natural Foods (CA) - just added!
Lazy Acres (CA) - just added!
Wegmans - just added! (MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA)
Natural Grocers - soon! (AZ, CO, ID, KS, MO, MT, NB, NM, OK, OR, TX, UT, WY)
And many more independent natural food stores!

Don't see your favorite grocery store listed above? Not to worry, most of the retail stores that previously carried WholeSoy will eventually restock their shelves with WholeSoy throughout the next several weeks. We have let as many stores as possible know it's time to order WholeSoy again but it will take some retailers more time to make room on their shelf for us.

Note: Like most packaged food items at grocery stores, we do not sell or ship WholeSoy directly to retail stores but go through a 'middleman', known as a distributor, who resells our products to the retail stores they supply. Food distribution is a complex system and unfortunately that means we just don't know exactly which retail stores will carry WholeSoy or when, as the distributor doesn't typically share that information. Besides finding out where WholeSoy is carried from our network of salespeople, we are also utilizing social media (twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and reporting back to you all as we find out!

We're all in this together so please let us know here where you do find WholeSoy!

 

Request WholeSoy at Your Local Store!

request-wholesoyStill can't find WholeSoy at your local grocery store? Let your store know you want to buy WholeSoy again! (Tip: also try our Store Locator to find a store near you that carries WholeSoy)

Requests directed at retail stores straight from their very own customers is one of the most effective ways for a store to carry WholeSoy again, or any product.

We have compiled a helpful guide to help get WholeSoy back into your favorite store. Note: 24oz tub sizes are coming back soon but are still not available for ordering. Here's how you can help:

  1. Call, or request, in person (most effective), to speak to the "dairy buyer" (sometimes a "grocery buyer") at your local store. A team member can help direct you to the correct person.
     
  2. Tell the buyer that you would really like to purchase WholeSoy at their store.
    (Optional) Provide the UPC number(s) of the flavor(s) you'd like so they can look-up the item in their ordering system. You can even bring a Request Form (USA) with you to the store (or Canada Request Form).

    Flavor (6 oz) UPC Numbers (USA only)   
    Apricot Mango Soy Yogurt                      6 64372 60021 5
    Blueberry Soy Yogurt 6 64372 60008 6
    Cherry Soy Yogurt 6 64372 60007 9
    Lemon Soy Yogurt 6 64372 60006 2
    Key Lime Soy Yogurt 6 64372 60009 3
    Mixed Berry Soy Yogurt 6 64372 60022 2
    Peach Soy Yogurt 6 64372 60002 4
    Plain Soy Yogurt 6 64372 60001 7
    Raspberry Soy Yogurt 6 64372 60004 8
    Strawberry Soy Yogurt 6 64372 60003 1
    Vanilla Soy Yogurt 6 64372 60005 5

    flag-canada-250px Canada: UPC codes for WholeSoy in Canada are here!
     
  3. Important! Follow-up with your local store by contacting them via their website contact form. Chain stores in particular pay close attention to online requests.

  4.  Let us know when you've made a request so we can help follow up from our end too.

 


6oz Cup sizes available now followed by 24oz Tubs


WholeSoy Soy Yogurt (6oz) cup flavors are back using the same certifications, attributes and recipe you have come to love from us! Please note that we are making our 6oz cup sizes first with our 24oz sizes, including Unsweetened Plain, to follow soon after – we'll keep you posted on when you can expect 24oz back.

The only change with WholeSoy is the location where we make our soy yogurts. The formula remains the same for every flavor of soy yogurt flavor as well as the packaging. All the same attributes and certifications apply. The soybeans we use are still certified organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, single-source, U.S. grown and from the same independent farmer that we have worked with since WholeSoy began making soy yogurt back in 1999. We're also still a proudly independently owned and operated company.

Learn more about Our Dairy-Free Facility and FAQs about WholeSoy's return.


THANK YOU!

Despite the many obstacles we faced when our previous co-packer unexpectedly closed, and the unexpected bumps along the way while building our own dairy-free yogurt facility, we pushed ahead because of the incredible customer and retail support for WholeSoy. Your encouragement, and support from retailers, propelled us forward to make our dream a reality. Thank you!

 


write-congressIf you have yet to share the following with us, please feel free to do so now, as the following information helps a whole lot. Particularly if your favorite store is on the fence about making space for WholeSoy again in the near future:

1. Where do you want to see WholeSoy yogurts carried again? Include the name of the store (city & state, if possible), please.
2. Why do you choose WholeSoy as the yogurt for you and/or your family?

 

WholeSoy Soy Yogurt is making its way to the West Coast, followed by the East Coast

on Wednesday, 12 March 2014. Posted in Announcements

WE'RE SOY EXCITED! Start making space in your fridge for WholeSoy!

Our very first orders of WholeSoy Soy Yogurt cups, now made in our own dairy-free facility, just shipped out to distributors and the trucks have started to make their way to stores across the country (and Canada)!!! Since we ship from Northern California, the West Coast will naturally start to see shelves stocked first in the coming week with the rest of the country to follow in the next week or two.

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Thank you all again for standing by us throughout this longer than expected journey to building our own dairy-free facility!

WE'RE SOY EXCITED!

WholeSoy wasn't available for far too long but we're delighted to announce all WholeSoy Soy Yogurt cup flavors are back using the same certifications, attributes and recipe you have come to love from us! Please note that we are making our 6oz cup sizes first with our 24oz sizes, including Unsweetened Plain, to follow soon after – we'll keep you posted on when you can expect 24oz back.

NEW SHIPMENTS OF WHOLESOY ROLL OUT FROM CALIFORNIA

Our own California dairy-free facility is churning out soy yogurt every week to meet the high pent up demand for WholeSoy! We have made a whole lot of soy yogurt, enough to fill all the huge orders we received, but we won't be surprised if the first shipments sell out fast. Don't worry, it won't be too long before the orders, supply, and demand balance out and all will be right in the WholeSoy world once more.

This is just a friendly suggestion for that very first shipment: if you see only a few left on the shelf, perhaps leave some behind for a fellow WholeSoy friend!

RETAIL STORES

We had an amazing show of support this past weekend at Natural Products Expo West from retail stores that are incredibly eager to have us back on their shelves including: Whole Foods Market, Mother's Market, Sprouts, Wegmans, New Seasons, PCC, natural food stores and co-ops throughout the country, and many more. So many stores across the country are welcoming us back with open arms – and that's a direct result of you, our wonderful customers, showing stores how much you want WholeSoy back!

We have let as many stores as possible know it's time to order WholeSoy again but it may take some stores more time to make room on their shelf for us. Note that we don't ship or sell our products directly to stores, everything goes through a distributor, so we won't exactly know when and where WholeSoy soy yogurts will first start to appear on the shelf. We're in this together so please let us know where you do find WholeSoy along the way (to help us keep our store locator updated too)!

NEW DAIRY-FREE FACILITY – SAME DELICIOUS SOY YOGURT!

wholesoy-facility_ted_300Over the last few months, we transformed our existing soybase facility into a complete non-dairy yogurt facility in California. Our soybase facility has been churning out the first ingredient in every cup of WholeSoy for over 10 years. Now this facility will continue to make soybase (our own thick and creamy recipe) and now soy yogurt, making the whole process more efficient overall.

The only change with WholeSoy is the location where we make our soy yogurts. The formula remains the same for every flavor of soy yogurt flavor as well as the packaging. All the same attributes and certifications apply. The soybeans we use are still certified organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, single-source, U.S. grown and from the same independent farmer that we have worked with since WholeSoy began making soy yogurt back in 1999. We're also still a proudly independently owned and operated company.

Our founder and CEO, Ted Nordquist, is on site at the yogurt facility making sure each batch is up to our high-quality standards. Ted still taste tests every batch to ensure superb flavor.

Learn more about Our Facility and FAQs about the WholeSoy's return. For more information, visit our Products and Allergens pages.

THANK YOU!

Despite the many obstacles we faced when our previous co-packer unexpectedly closed, and the unexpected bumps along the way while building our own dairy-free yogurt facility, we pushed ahead because of the incredible customer and retail support for WholeSoy.

We truly appreciate all of your continued support and encouragement throughout this incredibly difficult journey!

We never gave up on our loyal customers. Your positive encouragement and support from retailers propelled us forward to make our dream a reality. Thank you!


You can subscribe to our blog to receive important updates on WholeSoy. Subscribe by entering your email address into the "Subscribe to our Blog!" module located on the right-hand side of this page (second-to-last box).

write-congressIf you have yet to share the following with us, please feel free to do so now, as the following information helps a whole lot. Particularly if your favorite store is on the fence about making space for WholeSoy again in the near future:

1. Where do you want to see WholeSoy yogurts carried again? Include the name of the store (city & state, if possible), please.

2. Why do you choose WholeSoy as the yogurt for you and/or your family?

Gearing up for the re-launch!

on Wednesday, 08 January 2014. Posted in Announcements

Update for 2014! Everything is coming together at our new dairy-free yogurt facility and we've been able to test out all of our yogurt making equipment. Stay tuned for our official re-launch announcement!


Happy New Year! We know it's been far too long since WholeSoy disappeared from the shelf but everything is coming together and we can finally say that we've been able to test out all of our yogurt making equipment and we're in the early stages of actually making yogurt! 

We really hoped this would be the week we could give a firm date for when you can expect to see WholeSoy on shelves, but we are still finalizing the tests before beginning daily production of soy yogurt and building up inventory. Even though we cannot say just yet exactly when shipping will begin, one thing is certain – it will happen! We are working as fast as we can yet also taking special care with every step to ensure the best quality possible. Of course, we will let you know more specific dates when WholeSoy will be back on your local store shelves as soon as we have officially re-launched.

Grateful for your support!

on Wednesday, 27 November 2013. Posted in Announcements

Plus a re-launch update

Thank you all again for hanging in there with us and for enduring the long absence of your favorite non-dairy soy yogurt. Your encouraging comments have really helped us persevere through the challenges of setting up our very own yogurt facility. We're so grateful to have the most patient and supportive customers cheering us on!

We're getting so very close to making soy yogurt again, but with an additional delay and the holiday season, we are now estimating making yogurt in December to arrive on store shelves at the very beginning of January.

Continue reading for the details...

 

So close we can almost taste it!

on Tuesday, 12 November 2013. Posted in Announcements

Hang in there with us!

Thanks everyone for hanging in there with us! Apologies for our delayed update – the entire WholeSoy team has been chipping in at our new yogurt facility so we can start making yogurt again. It's all coming together but we are all still waiting on an official re-launch date based on our test runs.

Our plan to return this fall had been going on schedule however, we have run into a two week delay just coordinating schedules for some specialty expert technicians that must calibrate the yogurt equipment. Delays are never fun for anyone but we just cannot take short cuts. Every step must be done right to make the quality WholeSoy yogurt you expect from us.

With this minor delay, the plan is that we'll start making yogurt again the last week of November and starting to ship sometime in December. We're doing everything we can to start making your favorite soy yogurt again as soon as possible!

Continue reading...

Our Very Own Yogurt Facility

on Thursday, 11 July 2013. Posted in Announcements

Returning Fall 2013

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Thank you for hanging in there with us, and all your encouraging messages, through this difficult time while we work on getting WholeSoy yogurts back into full production. We have been openly sharing our story with you week by week as it unfolds and we have a whole lot more to share with you that developed over the 4th of July weekend.

For a quick recap: The facility that previously helped us make and package our soy yogurt (called a co-packer in the industry) abruptly closed its doors and stopped making our products giving us only three days' notice. We were fortunate to have been in the process of setting up a new facility, but moving yogurt production is a complicated endeavor that typically takes six months or more to complete. Last month, we were able to get some yogurt made and shipped but clearly not enough. The new co-packer had not lived up to our expectations, or yours, so we extended our timeline.

However, it has become painfully clear, even after all the long hours we put into trying to make it work, that the new co-packer will not be able to meet the high demand for WholeSoy yogurts either. We know, we are thinking the same thing, how on earth is this possible and can we get a break?!

Here's a little more insight:

A tale of yogurty woes...

on Thursday, 20 June 2013. Posted in Announcements

And the courage to continue


WholeSoy is proud to be an independently-owned company, which gives us the ability to openly share our story with you as it unfolds. Well, we are learning the hard way that you can't fast track the move to a new production facility. We feel it is important, after so many unfulfilled promises over these last several weeks, to acknowledge that we were overly optimistic with our timeline and need a little more time to get it right.

For a quick recap: the facility that previously helped us make and package our soy yogurt (called a co-packer in the industry) abruptly closed its doors and stopped making our products giving us only three days' notice. We were incredibly fortunate to have already been in the process of setting up a new facility, but a move like this is a complicated endeavor that typically takes six months or more to complete.

Sorry for the delay!

on Friday, 31 May 2013. Posted in Announcements

More information

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Thank you for your comments, questions, concern, and also kind words of support during this big transition to our new facility. We sincerely apologize for the interruption of your daily WholeSoy routine. We know how critical WholeSoy yogurt is to so many of you, so please know we have been working as hard as we can to get all of the final pieces together and thinking of all of you as we do.

 Our phones are ringing off the hook and our email boxes are stuffed but we're trying our best to reply and provide the information we can.

Many of you have been asking how it's possible we could just stop making yogurt between the old and new facility. We want to give you all a little more insight:

 

Upgrading to a New Facility

on Monday, 20 May 2013. Posted in Announcements

More WholeSoy yogurt on its way!

WholeSoy & Co. is excited to announce that we are in the process of moving to a new, more efficient, yogurt-making facility. This new facility will be able to meet the growing demand in the US and Canada for WholeSoy's delicious non-dairy, vegan yogurts!

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Keep reading for the details . . . 

Store Locator Updates for April

on Monday, 22 April 2013. Posted in Announcements

More stores added & maps!

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Here are your store locator update from January to April! We not only recently added even more grocery stores that stock WholeSoy yogurts to the list but we recently expanded distribution to Canada! Our Store Locator has a new look with an interactive map too. We are constantly updating the list of all the locations where you can find WholeSoy yogurts to make it easier for you to enjoy.

Keep reading for the list!

 

About the Founder

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