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.
Our Coconut Cream comes from Indonesia. It is certified suitable for Vegans and does not contain cholesterol, preservative,trans fat, artificial flavoring or colouring. The producers support ethical trading and are deeply involved with the wellbeing of their community and worklforce.
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.
From April 2016 the coconut cream is free from any stablisiers or preservatives.
No Carageenan !
No Monkey Business
It has been brought to our attention that some coconut plantations use monkeys (specifically pig-tailed macaques) to harvest coconuts. Harvesting the crop with this method is apparently prevalent throughout Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. However the practice is not confined to this region alone.
We can confirm that monkeys are not used on any of our suppliers’s plantations or on those of the local farmers that they buy from.
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.
We use an NZ fruit concentrate syrup made in in Petone, WellingtonNew Zealand.
Ingredients: Natural Passionfruit flavour , Cane Sugar, Water, Citric Acid, Preservative (E202), Natural Lutein Colour (E161b), Carrot Juice, Berry Juice CONTAINS SULPHITES
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;
As at February 2019 we are lucky to have fresh milk from the Girls at Everbrook Dairy Goats.
It's very disappointing when we can't source goat milk from NZ, but spare a thought for the Kiwi goat farmers. Producing goat milk is a labour of love and they need to maximise what profit they can. Goat milk products in NZ are not very popular, so most of the milk gets processed and sold abroad, usually as infant formula.
A miracle happened! The fantastic Tracy Hay of Everbrook Dairy Goats came to us offering beautiful fresh goat milk from her herd in Wakefield at the top of the South Island. Needless to say we are thrilled to be able to use this delicious and natural product which has been produced by a true goat lover to wonderfully high animal welfare standards. Check out their Facebook page HERE
Sadly we are unable to source fresh goat milk in NZ at anytime of year so it is now always made with the imported Australian milk. If you are a gost milk farmer in NZ who is not sending it all for milk powder - let us know!
We box on.....
The Golden Girls are back milking so we are using the fabulous fresh Golden Bay Goat Milk until further notice
The Golden Bay goats have stopped milking for the season so we are back to using the Australian imported milk. This is a GM Free 100% Goats Milk product.
You may notice the change in consistency and flavour which is entirely due to the milk supply.
Pots are once again labelled as Drinking Yoghurt. This milk does NOT contain preservatives e407 or e452 which has been present in some of our previous milk supplies.
The process of making the yoghurt and the cultures used remain exactly the same.
We have a new supply of fresh goats milk from Golden Bay. We are getting the milk sent down from Golden Bay to Christchurch every week so the yoghurt is really super fresh.The yoghurt we have made with the new milk it is a bit thicker than our previous Australian milk supply. It has more ‘body’ but is still not a ‘set’ yoghurt as such. The flavour is fresh and mild.
Best of all the yoghurt is free from any stabilisers, so all it contains is fresh milk and cultures.
The bad news is that we will only have access to this milk for about 8 months a year so we propose to go back to the Australian imported milk when the NZ goats are resting, or in case of the supply being interrupted.
In the interests of economy we are going to continue to use the same pots regardless of which milk is used but we will be ‘stickering’ the pots to reflect the difference.
The ingredients remain the same - Pasturised Milk and Cultures, but in the case of the yoghurts made with fresh NZ milk there is NO additional preservative or stabiliser.
Making this goats milk yoghurt is a bit of a struggle but we have enough positive feedback from people who say they have come to rely on it, regardless of the texture, that we think it is worth persevering with.
We hope you agree.
Once again we have been let down by our Goat Milk supplier who is no longer sending their product to NZ. Another source has been found, this time out of Australia. However, yoghurt made with the new milk a drinking yoghurt and you will see that it has been labelled as such.
Customer feedback and sales will decide if we can continue to make this product, so please don't hesitate to let up know what you think.
In June 2013 our New Zealand supply of Goats Milk was discontinued.
Having discovered no alternative year round supply available in NZ or Australia, we thought long and hard about whether to continue or not.
We have had so much fantastic feedback about the yoghurt we decided to give it a go and have managed to source Goats Milk UHT milk from the EU. Our source does not want us to name them on this website any longer, so please contact us if you want to know know more about the milk we use.
The milk is somewhat different to our previous supply the yoghurt is thinner than previously - expect a drinking yoghurt consistency. We are continuing to work with the milk and various cultures and 'cooking' times to try and achieve a thicker pot set as before but please bear with us!
What is the same as before is that the only ingredients you will find in our Goats Milk Yoghurt is 100% pure Goats Milk and millions of pro-biotics - those are the good guys who take care of your internal flora and fauna and keep you feeling great!
The current batches of yoghurt have had a new culture blend which has produced a slightly less 'watery' texture. We are resisting the temptation to add any thickeners or other ‘bulkers’ to change that based on feedback from customers that a pure thin product is preferred to an artificially thickened one.
The watery content on top of the yoghurt is the whey which separates, and shows that your yoghurt is a living thing.
Made with 100% New Zealand produced milk
Our Cow and Goat yoghurts contain ONLY milk and probiotic cultures. Nothing else is added.
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.
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.
Some of the many established and potential health benefits accredited to consumption of probiotic cultures include:
Scientists all over the world are researching the health benefits of yoghurt.
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.
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.