former Golden Guernsey Dairy is now producing kefir under
the Lifeway brand.
- Lifeway Foods, Inc. announced Friday it began producing kefir at
its new Waukesha facility in the former Golden Guernsey dairy
bought the facility on Delafield Street in May 2013 and has
been processing raw milk and producing its own bottles at the
plant for more than a year after conducting major renovations as
well as food safety certification of the upgraded facility.
to the announcement, Lifeway Foods is the nation’s leading
supplier of kefir-cultured dairy products. The Waukesha plant
employs more than 40 people, of whom more than 25 percent are
former Golden Guernsey employees who lost their jobs after a
bankruptcy filing closed the 58-year-old business, according to
Lifeway, which purchased the facility for $7.4 million.
acquired the Golden Guernsey plant because we urgently needed more
production capacity,” Julie Smolyanksy, president and CEO of
Lifeway Foods, said in a
statement. “Renovating the building to meet our specific
manufacturing and packaging needs has been a top priority, and the
start of kefir production in Waukesha is an important milestone
that will help drive the next chapter in the company’s
Foods reports that the global market for probiotics is expected to
reach USD 52.34 billion by 2020. In order to tap into the growing
market, Lifeway said it plans to capitalize with its
170,000square-foot plant that will more than quintuple the
combined manufacturing capacity of Lifeway’s three existing
facilities to support ongoing growth in the company’s kefir
business. The company plans to produce its top-selling products in
Waukesha, taking advantage of both the large space and new
high-speed manufacturing equipment to meet the demand.
Foods was recently named one of Forbes’ Best Small Companies. In
addition to its line of drinkable kefir, the company also produces
frozen kefir, specialty cheeses and a ProBugs line for kids.
Lifeway’s cultured dairy products are now sold across the United
States, Canada, Latin America and the United Kingdom.