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What is Icelandic-style skyr?

Skyr is the traditional yogurt of Iceland that has been made for over 1,000 years. It is a strained non-fat yogurt. It is made by incubating skim milk with live active cultures. Then the whey, the water naturally found in milk, is strained away to make for a much thicker, creamier and concentrated yogurt. It takes four times the milk to make one cup of siggi’s compared to regular yogurt.

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Is your product made in Iceland?

siggi’s skyr is made based on an age-old Icelandic recipe but we practice our craft in Yates County, New York and Richland County, Wisconsin.

Are your products kosher?

Yes, all of siggi’s dairy products are certified kosher; we are certified by the Orthodox Union.

Is siggi’s organic?

siggi’s is not yet certified organic, however we use milk from grass-fed cows and work with farms that do not use any kind of growth hormones such as rBST.  All of siggi’s products are all natural, made with non-GMO ingredients, and without artificial sweeteners or coloring. We keep our ingredient list simple and ensure that our products are made with the best, non-GMO-verified ingredients.

What are probiotics?

Research indicates that probiotic cultures are ‘friendly’ bacteria that may have various beneficial attributes for human health. For example, they may help improve digestive health and potentially boost immunity.

If there is liquid on top of my yogurt when I open it, is that ok?

The liquid that can occasionally be found on top of yogurt is whey. Whey is simply the water in milk/yogurt. A slight separation of whey from the yogurt is totally natural and nothing to worry about. When that happens you can either stir the whey back in for a smoother yogurt or pour it off. The whey contains some minerals and nutrients including calcium and some whey protein. Our yogurt can occasionally have this slight separation because in order to keep our ingredients to a minimum, we do not add any starches or stabilizers that might prevent this type of separation from happening.

Why doesn’t your pomegranate passion fruit yogurt have any color?

We use organic pomegranates that have more of a pinkish hue and when they are crushed into our yogurt with the passion fruit and the plain white yogurt, the subtle colors of the fruit kind of fades out. Although we could add coloring, whether natural (beet juice) or unnatural (red 40 dye), we firmly believe in keeping our products ingredient list minimal and close to its natural state. Look at similar milk/yogurt products and see if their red color comes from the fruit itself or from beet juice or other type of colorings to compare.

Is it ok to eat yogurt after the “best before” date?

We do recommend that you enjoy any siggi’s dairy products by the “best before” date listed on our packaging.

What are the specks in my vanilla skyr?

The specks that you see in our vanilla flavored products are actually specks of real vanilla bean from the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla we use!

Are your cows grass-fed?

We work with family owned and operated farms who feed their cows grass, however they are not all fed a 100% grass diet. Their diets are supplemented with a 100% vegetarian diet which typically includes alfalfa and human-grade grains.

Can I come visit your farm?

We currently do not offer any tours of our farms or facilities at this time.

Do you add sugar to your products?

We want to keep any sugar in our products, even if natural, to a minimum. siggi’s products are lightly sweetened with organic agave nectar or cane sugar, then there is also a bit of sugar that naturally comes from the fruit that we add. We do not use any artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup.

is your cup recyclable?

siggi’s cups and bottles are made from recyclable #5 plastic. We’ve created an easy tear-off label so that you can recycle the plastic cup and paper label separately.

Are your products gluten-free?

Yes, all our products are gluten free. They contain no wheat, barley, rye, or triticale, and we do not use gluten as a food additive in the form of a flavoring, stabilizing or thickening agent. Our products are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO).

Why does your yogurt have so much protein?

When making skyr, we start by making a base that is kind of like regular yogurt. Then we strain the whey, the water in milk, and wind up taking about 75% of that water out. This means that to make one cup of skyr we require about 4 times the amount of milk required to make a regular cup of yogurt. As a result of this process, skyr contains 2-3 times the protein count of standard yogurt.

I am lactose-intolerant, can I still enjoy siggi’s?

Our yogurt products have less than 3% lactose in each serving as much of the lactose is removed along with the whey during the straining process.

Are your products nut-free?

siggi’s products do not contain nuts. We do make a Coconut yogurt, though siggi’s production lines go through certified process to ensure that there is no cross-contamination between products.

siggi’s products are manufactured in a plant that also processes peanuts, and tree nuts.

Are your products non-GMO?

Siggi’s products are made from natural, non-GMO ingredients. We keep our ingredient list simple and ensure that our products are made with the best, non-GMO-verified ingredients. We conduct our own testing with Eurofins, one of the leading international food testing organizations, to verify that our products are non-GMO.

Are the fruits inside siggi’s non-GMO?

Siggi’s products are made from natural, non-GMO ingredients. We keep our ingredient list simple and ensure that our products are made with the highest quality, non-GMO-verified ingredients.

Is there GMO corn in your cows feed?

We work with local family-owned and -operated farms in Upstate New York and Wisconsin who feed their cows grass, supplemented with a 100% vegetarian diet that includes bales of hay and human-grade grains. The corn in the feed is not at present time certified non-GMO, and we continue to monitor the availability of non-GMO corn and other feed options. The milk we use to make our yogurt is not genetically modified, according to European Union GMO food labeling regulations and as currently proposed by the FDA. We also conduct our own testing with Eurofins, one of the leading international food testing organizations, to verify that our products are non-GMO.

What is the origin of the pectin in your products?

Orange peels.

how much calcium is in your yogurt?

In a 5.3oz cup of siggi’s, there is about 200mg of calcium per serving.

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