Hi everyone, Matt McConnell here, Director of Operations at Clover Stornetta Farms. I’m excited to bring you news on the upcoming arrival of the newest member to the Clover Family of Products – Clover Organic Lactose Free Milk in 1% and 2% variety.

For those who don’t know, lactose is found in all dairy products.  It is estimated that 25% of the U.S. population and 75% of adults worldwide are to some degree lactose intolerant.  That is a large number of people!  Until now this group has not been able to enjoy Clover products and we thought this just wasn’t fair.  So, Clover Organic Lactose Free Milk will be on your dairy shelf starting in May.

I have always been a bit of a science nerd myself so, for those who are interested, here is a little bit of the science side of how we arrive at lactose free milk:

Lactose intolerance is the inability to metabolize lactose because of a lack of the required enzyme lactase in the digestive system.  Many think creating lactose free milk means removing the lactose from it – not the case.  To produce lactose free milk we add the natural enzyme, lactase, to regular milk.  This enzyme breaks down the complex sugar, lactose, into two simple sugars (glucose and galactose) that are more easily digestible by people with lactose sensitivities. This process does not change the total nutritional content of the milk (same grams of carbs/sugar) but it does give the milk a slightly sweeter taste which is virtually undetectable to many people – others (like me) tend to enjoy the added sweetness.

Now back to a production point of view:  Have you ever thought about what it takes to make a new product idea a reality?  It is quite a journey.  There is a lot of research, science and marketing work involved, not to mention all the different areas of the production that need to be organized.  The following is a little insider’s info on how we went about producing our new Clover Organic Lactose Free Milk.

First, our maintenance team coordinated two new 3000 gallon tanks needed to start the process – along with other equipment to support the tanks, piping, controls, and building modifications.

As these processes are being worked out, Marketing is busy with packaging designs – this includes working together with Research & Development and Quality Assurance on labeling requirements.  Following final packaging approval, steps are taken to ensure the timely arrival of the ingredients, new cartons, and labels needed to complete the finished product.  At the same time our Sales team is busy going around to our stores and introducing the new product to buyers, then taking first orders.

Once all the coordination is completed, our milk is processed through the production system with Quality Assurance and Food Safety working to ensure the new product stands up to our highest quality standards.

The end result is a true team effort – a seamless transition to a new and exciting product.

In the coming weeks look for Clover Organic Lactose Free Milk in your local supermarkets!  Check back and let us know what you think 🙂

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      Twelve months ago, we embarked on a journey to strengthen the Clover brand. We started with our two well-known local names, Clover Stornetta Farms and Clover Organic Farms, and merged them into one, Clover Sonoma.
      In the process, we updated all of our packaging and made the decision to convert all of our conventional milk to meet Non-GMO Project Verified standards. None of these decisions were made lightly, but all of them were made to make Clover a better brand for you and a stronger brand for the future ...