We try to use ethically produced ingredients so far as we are able.

Our philosophy is to run a sustainable business to produce healthy and affordable food which means that we do have to take account of cost of ingredents and the reliability of supply.

There are also regulations regarding food safety which need to be adhered to so we can't just go milk a cow ourselves or bring coconuts back from our holidays! If only....

Here is some information about the ingredients we use and some notes as to why we use that particular one.

Coconut Yoghurts

All our coconut yoghuts are certified vegan

They are made using seperate ingredients and equipment and on dedicated days. There is no possibility of cross contamination with other milk yoghurts. 

Our Coconut Cream comes from Indonesia. It is certified suitable for Vegans and does not contain cholesterol, preservative,trans fat, artificial flavoring or colouring.

Coconut cream does not contain calcium and we do not add any, so be aware that although our coconut yoghurt is called 'yoghurt' it does not provide the same nutrients as dairy based products.


Dairy Free Cultures

The cultures we use are free from;

Gluten, Peanut, Sesame, Eggs, Celery, Mustard, Fish or Shellfish sulphites, Milk derivatives, Lupine and is GMO free.

No dairy is used in the preparation or growing of the cultures used in this yoghurt so it it is a VEGAN product.



We are thrilled that we have now moved to using Fair Trade Chocolate Sauce to flavour the yoghurt. The sauce is made in our home town of Christchurch and, even better, it is organic, gluten free and vegan too.

You can read about it here 

The sauce contains fair trade organic sugar and organic cocoa, lovely Christchurch water and citric acid, that is all.

Although it does incude added sugar, it is good to know that at a sugar content of 6.1g per 100g it compares well with good quality ice cream which is around 22g of suger per 100g.

Do also bear in mind that the recommended serving size is 30g = approx one heaped tablespoon, which contains just 2g of sugar.  


Passionfruit Syrup

We use an NZ fruit concentrate syrup made in in Petone, WellingtonNew Zealand.

  • Made with real fruit
  • No artificial colours
  • No artificial flavours
  • No artificial sweeteners

Ingredients: Natural Passionfruit flavour , Cane Sugar, Water, Citric Acid, Preservative (E202), Natural Lutein Colour (E161b), Carrot Juice, Berry Juice  CONTAINS SULPHITES


Goat Milk

Despite goat milk being widely used in preference to cow milk in much of the world, here in NZ we are used to cow milk being the primary dairy product. Goat milk is difficult to find in New Zealand and we have had a lot of challenges to secure a year round supply. You can read all about it below.

 When we can, we use fresh NZ goat milk, and when that isn't available, and in the winter months when The Kiwi Girls aren't millking we use imported UHT milk from Australia. It is;

  • NON GMO 
  • NO Artifical Chemicals 
  • NO Pesticides 
  • NO Colourings 
  • NO Preservatives


As at February 2019 we are lucky to have fresh milk from the Girls at Everbrook Dairy Goats.


Cow Yoghurt

Made with 100% New Zealand produced milk

Cultures for Cow and Goat Yoghurts

Our Cow and Goat yoghurts contain ONLY milk and probiotic cultures. Nothing else is added.

What are probiotics?

Probiotic means 'for life'. Friendly cultures/bacteria are vital to a healthy, properly functioning intestinal tract and act as a backup to your body's immune system. Without proper quantities of these beneficial bacteria you may become more susceptible to disease, and unable to properly absorb the nutrients you need to thrive.

Sometimes, due to viral or bacterial infections, diet, lifestyle changes, antibiotic use and other factors, the normal bacteria in our intestinal tract become depleted, allowing the potentially pathogenic bacteria to overgrow.

A diet including probiotics has a beneficial effect on the intestinal tract, helping to maintain a healthy digestive system.

High culture counts provide the real benefits of consuming Doctors Choice Bio Yoghurt.

Probiotics are lactic acid bacteria that boost the immune system when eaten regularly.


How much do we need?

The experts say that to get the most benefit from probiotic yoghurt we need to consume 100 million live bacteria or more each day. Consuming a normal daily dose = 1 cup of yoghurt, one can achieve the required quantity with which the indicated health effect was proven in clinical studies. Live bacteria will be killed by heating and cooking so it's best to consume them in their natural state.

Clinical studies show that probiotic bacteria found in bio yoghurt enhance health and nutrition. Benefits include reduction of the effects of antibiotics, lowering cholesterol, and improvement of the immune system, amongst others.

In order to claim health benefits, yoghurt must contain 1,000,000 viable probiotic bacteria cells per gram or ml to ensure it can deliver the maximum health benefits. These bacteria must still be present at the expiry date and therefore must survive during storage, transit through the acidic conditions of the stomach and the enzymes and bile salts of the small intestines.

Health benefits

Some of the many established and potential health benefits accredited to consumption of probiotic cultures include:

  • Improvement of the immune system
  • Reduction in the side effects of antibiotics
  • Prevention of intestinal infections
  • Improvement in lactose digestion
  • Treatment of infant diarrhoea, rotavirus
  • Cholesterol-lowering effects

Scientists all over the world are researching the health benefits of yoghurt.

Why is Doctors Choice Bio Yoghurt so special?

Doctors Choice Bio Yoghurt not only tastes great - it is great for you. Bio Yoghurt does not contain any artificial colours, thickeners or flavourings. It has a smooth creamy texture that comes from using a special blend of 'healthy for you' probiotic cultures including Lactobacillus acidophilus, LA-5®, Biphidobacterium, BB-12®, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. The live, active probiotics give the yoghurt its delicious taste and health benefits.


The Science behind Bio Yoghurt

Doctors Choice Bio Yoghurt is regularly independently tested and contains millions of probiotic cultures.

Doctors Choice Bio Yoghurt contains the probiotic cultures Lactobacillus acidophilus, LA-5®, Biphidobacterium, BB-12®, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus.


Yoghurt is made by adding cultures of certain bacteria to milk. These bugs convert the lactose in the milk to lactic acid. Lactic acid ferments the milk, giving yoghurt its characteristic tart taste, and causing the milk to form a soft curd.

Regular yoghurt has all the nutrients of milk. It's a good source of calcium and B vitamins as well as minerals (potassium, magnesium and zinc).

Calcium is important for healthy bones and teeth, and many of us aren't getting enough of it. The revised Nutrient Reference Values recommend that adults consume 1000mg per day, which is pretty hard to do without eating dairy products. Teenagers, women over 50 years of age and men over 70 years of age need 1300mg.

Most yoghurts will have more than 200mg of calcium per serving, so they'll contribute to your daily intake. The lactose in yoghurt also aids the absorption of calcium.