Our Very Own Yogurt Facility
Returning Fall 2013
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:
With the huge increase in popularity of yogurt overall in recent years, there aren't enough yogurt co-packing facilities with availability. Plus, with the increase in popularity of WholeSoy, most yogurt co-packing facilities aren't able to accommodate our needed capacity with a 5-day a week yogurt-making schedule. In recent years, using a co-packer has been an ongoing struggle not only for us but for many other yogurt companies who are unable to meet growing consumer demand because there just aren't enough existing yogurt manufacturing facilities with availability.
But rather than give up all together, we're taking a huge exciting leap - we're building our very own yogurt making facility from the ground up! A completely dairy-free facility too!!!
It has been our long standing dream here at WholeSoy to have our very own yogurt facility. With our own yogurt plant we will have complete control over the entire process, not to mention our own destiny.
We have never pursued this venture in the past because building a yogurt manufacturing facility from the ground up is a hugely expensive undertaking, particularly for a small independent company like us. The challenges of the last few months, however, have made it clear that having our own yogurt facility is critical to our survival.
So, we're ready to take the plunge and are gearing up to finally make this dream become a reality!
About our very own yogurt facility
We currently make our non-GMO, organic soy base (the first ingredient in every cup of our delicious yogurts) in our own state-of-the-art facility in Modesto, CA. Over the next few months we will transform this soy milk plant into a complete yogurt facility. The process will involve obtaining certifications, coordinating installation and calibration of all the necessary equipment and much more.
WholeSoy yogurts return this Fall
Due to this exciting change in course, our hope to have yogurt back on the shelves in August isn't realistic. We have already started with the first steps toward the new WholeSoy Yogurt facility and we'll work quickly, but we are going to take the time to get every part right. We are aiming for the return of WholeSoy products this fall.
We'll keep you posted along the way, including you in every step of the process on our blog, and on Facebook with pictures and updates from our staff and even from Ted Nordquist, the founder and CEO himself!
You mean the world to us and so we come to you with many more apologies for the unavailability of WholeSoy. We're doing everything possible to keep the same independently owned and operated WholeSoy & Co. going, so you all can enjoy your favorite soy yogurt again this year. Again, sincere appreciation for all of the encouraging messages you've sent our way during this difficult time. They help remind us of why we're here—because of all of you—and that gives us the perseverance and courage to continue.
- The WholeSoy & Co. Team
WholeSoy is proudly independently owned and fiercely dedicated to making the best tasting vegan soy yogurt on the market! All our products are Non-GMO Project verified and use only US grown, single-source, organic soybeans.
If you have yet to share the following with us, please feel free to do so now, as the following information helps a whole lot. Just in case 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 is WholeSoy the yogurt for you and/or for your family?