It's hard to believe that it's nearly two years since I went to visit the home of Yeo Valley and really started to understand what a fantastic company they are with a brilliant ethos. If you don't know about them then please, please do go and read the post I wrote after my visit and learn all about this wonderful British family business.
Back then I was blown away by the company and its products and the same remains true now – I regularly buy their yogurts and also visit their website frequently for recipes and interesting blog posts. I was therefore delighted to be invited to go to Clapham today to an event centred around their Little Yeo's children's range. Both Little Miss C and Master C love yogurt and regularly eat ones from the Little Yeo's range so I was intrigued to see what they were up to.
Later this month there are going to be changes to the Little Yeo's range and the kids were lucky enough today to get a taste of the new ranges. There are now four new packs of Fromage Frais featuring some great new flavour combinations.
The Merry Berry (so almost mis-typed as Mary Berry) 6 pack of Fromage Frais contains 3 x strawberry and 3 x raspberry whilst the Mellow Yellow pack has 3 x peach and 3 x Apricot. Now all the products in the Little Yeo's range contain no artificial sweeteners, colours or preservatives and they're also organic too, but Yeo Valley have gone a step further and also brought out a couple of six packs that have no added refined sugar, meaning they're sweetened using only organic grape juice concentrate. These packs contain either 3 x strawberry & vanilla and 3 x mango & vanilla or 3 x strawberry & peach and 3 x apple and pear.
Little Miss C tucked into their yogurt with gusto and really liked both the no refined sugar ones and the "normal" ones, finishing all the ones she was given. Master C was rather Master C like and just laughed hysterically when offered any of the pots and clamped his mouth shut! As I explained to the people there from Yeo today – that's just the fussy eater that he is. Since we came home he was happy to eat them in the comfort of our own kitchen though.
Being firmly of the belief that I am only happy to give my kids things that I'm happy to eat too I also tried all the different flavours and I have to say they were delicious. Yes, I could tell which ones were without sugar, but they still tasted really nice.
The other thing that I really liked about the new ranges are the pots that they come in. They're all 45g in size, but the genius part is that they are all slightly tapered meaning that they stack inside each other when empty. Now whilst this may sound like something a bit dull this will actually make a significant difference to us. We get through a crazy number of yogurts like this in our house and as keen recyclers we keep all the used pots, wash them and put them in our black box which is collected every fortnight. At the moment we regularly have to squash down fromage frais pots to squeeze all our plastic waste into the box we're given, but being able to stack them inside each other will make a huge difference, and save time too!
If anything today's tasting and chatting to the Yeo staff that were there has just reinforced my belief in Yeo Valley as a brand that I'm pleased and proud to support. They are so much more than "just nice yogurt"; they're the champions of a way of life that I'm totally bought into. I was more than a bit excited to sit down when I got home and go through their Great British Farmhouse Cookbook too. There are recipes in there that had me salivating as I read them and I'm pretty sure that all our Easter weekend food will be based around it too. The range of things that they're involved in is huge and I'm left just wondering why more companies can't be more like them!
Disclaimer: Little Miss C, Master C and I were invited to join the Yeo Valley team and other bloggers at today's event and we also got to do a spot of pottery hand prints too. As well as tasting lots of yogurt whilst there we also brought home a goodie bag containing more – and a copy of their cookbook too.
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